Blue Sky Thinkers join up02/08/2018
The Deck Rooftop Bar at St Dunstan’s Hill, with its marvellous vista of London’s City district, old and new, and the broad Thames looking its best on a sunlit summer’s evening, was the inspired venue choice for a meeting of innovation-minded asset financiers keen to exchange ideas. This themed networking event, was the brainchild of Ylva Oertengren, COO at Simply Asset Finance, who is known for her commitment to seeing the asset finance industry improve and eventually excel at serving its customers with optimum customer journey experiences, and the best that innovation can do to sharpen that aim.
The group represented a wide spectrum, including software provider CLS, Arctick compliance software, Scania Finance, Hitachi Capital, broker Charles & Dean, and naturally, Simply Asset Finance. Going round the groups, some of the challenges being discussed included how a broker might use technology to ensure that their customer solution and their choice of funder automatically met Treating Customers Fairly rules. There was talk about captives and their sales finance proposition, was it keeping up with the increasing innovation and technology in the hard assets they were financing, and could there be a benefit to sharing finance ideas across captives with similar customer types but non-competing assets.
Certainly it gave food for thought on the way home.