1. London leading fintech innovation
The UK can lay claim to some of the world's most innovative firms specialising in financial technology. This is perhaps unsurprising, given that the Square Mile - home to many of the world's financial powerhouses - is situated just a few miles down the road from the burgeoning start-up scene of Old Street's Silicon Roundabout, while projects such as Level 39 support tech innovation within the City itself.
These agile firms are continuing to turn the heads of large venture capital firms, and are attracting some of the $3 billion (£1.75bn) spent globally on fintech start-up investment each year, triple the amount seen in 2008 according to a recent Accenture report.
Whether threatening to usurp the dominance of the 'thousand-pound gorilla' incumbent banks and payment providers, or partnering with them to help modernise their services, here are some leading fintech start-ups based in the UK today…