« Prev. Post Blog Main Page » Next Post September 12, 2017 — By Don BergalAvoka Sponsoring UK Finance SME Commercial Finance and Banking Conference 2017Avoka is delighted to be sponsoring UK Finance SME Commercial Finance and Banking Conference which takes place on Thursday 11th October 2017 in London.The UK Finance’s inaugural SME conference will address new banking standards and competition: how the CMA’s market review could impact the market, the scope and parameters of regulation and the future of ADR for SMEs. The event will explore the emergence of data in digital banking, discussing the business relevance of open APIs for SME’s, how will open APIs benefit customers while ensuring obligations surrounding data privacy and security are met.This essential one-day conference will deliver a lively mix of debate and interactive discussion, focusing on traditional and alternative access to finance, new developments in data and digital banking, and Lending Standards and Dispute Resolution for SMEs. Successful funding is crucial to the success of SMEs looking to start, grow and expand, and to the growth of the UK’s economy.Participants will have the opportunity to meet with regulators, leading banks and alternative finance providers; challengers, P2P lenders and digital banks.Cliff van Tonder, Executive Vice President for Partners and Alliances in EMEA for Avoka will be participating in the panel discussion at 14:20; Data Fuelling Innovation – accelerating growth of SME banking through digital data exploitation. The panel members will be sharing ideas and debate on their thoughts on tomorrow’s banking world where sharing of financial data is encouraged.The event is well attended with confirmed speakers from the following organizations:Margot James, MPDeb Jones, Director of Competition, Financial Conduct AuthorityRichard Thompson, Principal Ombudsman and Quality Director, Financial Ombudsman ServiceEdward Winterton, UK CEO, Bibby Financial Services LimitedDavid Pickering, Chief Executive, Lending Standards BoardAnne Boden, CEO, Starling BankJohn Davies, CEO, The Just Loans Group PLCAlison Rose, CEO – Commercial & Corporate Banking, Royal Bank of ScotlandFollowing closing remarks at 17:15, there will be drinks and networking reception in the exhibition area. For further information, or to book in a meeting with Avoka in the main hall, please contact our EMEA Marketing Manager [email protected] Banking Customer Experience, FinTech, Retail Banking, Commercial Banking Don BergalDon is CMO, building and leading worldwide marketing at Avoka. He has a successful 25 year record of growing technology businesses in marketing, operations, and sales management, particularly with early stage and high growth companies.