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Norwich Business School hosts Finance Conference


Norwich Business School (NBS) hosted Norfolk’s first-ever conference for the financial services industry on 9 November. Organised by the Norwich Financial Industry Group (FIG), it aimed to strengthen networks and act as a regular forum for exchanging ideas on topics ranging from digital innovation and cyber risk to the value of business education and research.

“Our region is a major financial services hub - we’re recognised globally as a centre of excellence, with 675 firms employing more than 14,000 people and producing goods and services exceeding £1 billion in value,” said Raphael Markellos, Prof of Finance at NBS.

“This event brings together specialists from throughout the sector, including insurance, banking, accountancy, investment management and financial technology, with the ambition of helping to strengthen our leadership in this arena. Professionals, managers, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers, researchers and educators will get the chance to discuss their latest thinking, best practices and plans for the future.

“The financial sector is one of Norwich’s greatest assets, with a history of more than 200 years,” added Prof Markellos. “We’re looking to showcase the sector and leverage it further by promoting collaborations. Innovation, efficiency and growth can be driven by developing and maintaining personal relationships at a local level between skilled labour, customers and suppliers.”

The speakers included Mark Weil, CEO of Marsh UK & Ireland, and Lisa Price, Senior Digital Development Manager at Aviva, who addressed the audience on the theme of “Navigating Change and Innovation in Turbulent Times”, reflecting the fact that, in our rapidly-changing consumer, economic and political environments, sustainable growth requires strong leadership and the ability to adapt and produce new ideas.