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Photo for New City Minister Harriett Baldwin – Poacher turned gamekeeper?

The City will no doubt be happy with Harriett Baldwin’s appointment as City minister today.  Twenty years at JP Morgan will be very reassuring, not least after concerns expressed after one City meeting when Ed Miliband apparently asked “why do companies need to pay dividends?”.  On the other hand, City lobbyists will know that they cannot pull the wool over the new Minister’s eyes – she knows exactly how banks make money and which arguments put by the City really have merit.

 

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Finovate Europe 2014 closed another successful year’s event a couple of days ago. 67 companies presented for 7 minutes each, with a ban on videos to keep it fresh. Finovate certainly seems to have been able to take its US franchise to build the leading European FS innovation conference, and most of the feedback from delegates that I heard was pretty positive. I was there helping some clients, but I did manage to hear most of the demos. As a communications guy, with a wholesale banking background but not a techie, I’m sure I missed many nuances that came thick and fast during the demos. But here are my marketing takeways for companies thinking of presenting at Finovate.

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It's fascinating that this year there's really only a couple of fringe meeting on the broad topic of wholesale finance/investment banking and asset management at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, though no doubt there will be stands from some trade bodies and some one on one meetings. Policy Exchange is looking at "Is it time to return the banks to the private sector", with Nadhim Zahawi MP speaking.

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