Financial Services In Scotland - Edinburgh & Glasgow As Financial Centres

Scotland has a 350-year history as a leading financial centre; second only to London in the UK, sustaining around 150,000 jobs, and contributing 9.4% of the Scottish economy by Gross Value Added (GVA).

Throughout its long history, it has innovated and reinvented itself continuously. Edinburgh is well known for its expertise in asset management, pensions and banking and Glasgow is creating its own distinctive success story, with global banking firms such as Barclays, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley choosing to invest there. The Scottish fintech cluster spans the central belt of Scotland and is recognised internationally, with FinTech Scotland recently being awarded a new silver level of Cluster Excellence accreditation, the highest level achieved by a fintech body in UK and Europe.

In this webinar, Sandy Begbie CBE, Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise, the membership body for the financial sector in Scotland, will cover Scotland’s existing strengths as an international financial centre, and how it is successfully positioning itself for future success and inward investment through its sector strategy and collaboration across the sector and with key partners in Universities, colleges, other industry sectors and government.


Sandy Begbie CBE, was appointed Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise in October 2020. Prior to joining SFE, Sandy led the development of the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee following an 18-month contract at Tesco Bank as the Chief Transformation Officer. Sandy was responsible for the Global People, Organisation and Culture Integration following the successful merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management. Before the merger Sandy was the Chief People Officer and Lead Executive for China and Hong Kong for Standard Life for eight years. During this time, he led the Standard Life HR team to be recognised as one of the top performing functions in the UK and also led the turn-around of Standard Life’s Chinese Joint Venture. 

Sandy was appointed Senior Advisor to the Standard Life Asia Board in July 2020, having been Chair of the Hong Kong-based Board since 2014. Before joining Standard Life plc in May 2010, Sandy held similar Transformation and Group HR Director positions within Aegon, Scottish Power and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Sandy holds several non-executive positions including Chair of Career Ready, Non-Executive Director of Place 2 Be and Chair of the Centre for Moving Images. Sandy was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in August 2018 for services to business and social inclusion.

Wednesday, 05 October 2022

15:00 - 15:45 BST


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