Scottish Friendly and FinTech Scotland join forces to help boost innovation in the financial mutual sector

Leading financial mutual Scottish Friendly has announced a strategic partnership with FinTech Scotland, highlighting the growing significance of further developing and improving fintech innovation across all financial services sectors, including life, savings, and investments.

By joining forces with FinTech Scotland, Scottish Friendly positions itself at the forefront of the fintech revolution, signalling a commitment to innovation and customer-centric financial solutions. The partnership will provide Scottish Friendly with deep insights into cutting-edge fintech areas such as open finance data and regulatory technology (regtech), which are crucial for the evolution of savings and investment strategies.

Scottish Friendly will actively participate in FinTech Scotland's research and innovation roadmap, contributing to the shaping of the industry's future. Their involvement is aimed at streamlining the life, savings and investment process, leveraging technology to make it as effortless and accessible as possible for consumers.

Alexander Manas, Commercial Director at Scottish Friendly, said:

“We are dedicated to helping individuals and their families achieve the best possible financial outcomes through affordable, high-quality products and exceptional customer service. We are therefore delighted to partner with FinTech Scotland in our efforts to continuously deliver better outcomes for our customers through technology and innovation.”

Nicola Anderson, CEO at FinTech Scotland said:

"We are delighted to welcome Scottish Friendly to the FinTech Scotland cluster to embrace fintech innovation through strategic partnership. This partnership is a testament to our inclusive approach, aiming to revolutionise financial services by leveraging collective expertise. Scottish Friendly’s objectives align perfectly with our mission to drive impactful changes in the sector."

Contact for more information:

Kevin Brown, PR & Communications, Scottish Friendly


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Editors Notes:

About Scottish Friendly

Scottish Friendly is a leading UK mutual life and investments organisation. It provides investors and their families with a wide range of investment and protection solutions and provides life and investment products and services to other financial organisations.

Scottish Friendly has roots stretching back to 1862. Established as the City of Glasgow Friendly Society, its name changed in October 1992 when it took over Scottish Friendly Assurance.

The Group has flourished through a three-part growth strategy of organic growth, mergers and acquisitions, and business process outsourcing.

Scottish Friendly, Galbraith House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, G2 4HJ

Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Scottish Friendly Asset Managers Limited.  Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

About FinTech Scotland


FinTech Scotland is an independent not for profit cluster body jointly established with the financial services sector, universities and Scottish Enterprise to ensure that Scotland seizes the FinTech opportunities and achieves positive economic and social outcomes by encouraging financial innovation, collaboration and inclusion as part of the broader digital economy objectives.

The organisation acts as a strategic enabler and cluster management body focused on leveraging the potential economic (i.e. productivity, innovation, business creation, employment) and social (i.e. financial inclusion, well-being and accessibility) benefits arising from becoming a leading global centre focused on Fintech innovation.

FinTech Scotland’s objectives are to develop an innovative community of FinTech firms, generate impactful collaborations between firms of all sizes and foster an inclusive cluster which is UK and globally recognised and connected.

FinTech Scotland was founded in January 2018 as a joint initiative by University of Edinburgh, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC and Scottish Enterprise. The organisation is now supported by a broad range of global financial services, technology and professional services firms as well as major universities, the Financial Conduct Authority and Scottish Enterprise.

In August 2022, FinTech Scotland was formally recognised for the development of the Fintech cluster and accredited with the silver label for Cluster Management Excellence by the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA).

In 2019, FinTech Scotland was one the founding bodies along with FinTech North and Innovate Finance of the UK FinTech National Network which drives collaborative fintech innovation and development across all UK regions.

You can read more about the FinTech Scotland Cluster in our recently published:

"Building a Global Fintech Cluster"