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Castlight shortlisted in the FT’s Future of Fintech Awards 2017

The Financial Times have included Castlight in their shortlist for their Future of Fintech Awards.

Castlight was shortlisted by the FT along with four other early-stage firms as a leading fintech innovator. The awards recognise both innovative ideas and the ability to bring them into widespread use, with the Innovation Award in particular rewarding newer fintech companies that are bringing out novel solutions.

CEO, Phil Grady said,

“It’s great to have Castlight’s innovation recognised as capable of creating lasting change in the financial services sector on a global scale.”
The FT judges, on including Castlight said:
“The idea of better credit scoring is attractive and it is significant that the company has made a profit from the first year and has not had to take any financing.”
Read more on the Financial Times Future of Fintech Awards 2017 here.

35 Year Mortgages – Can You Afford Not to Have One?

One in four first time buyers are taking out a mortgage that will last 35 years or more. Claire Miller, writing for the The Mirror, reports this week on a phenomenon, which could see borrowers in mortgage debt all their working lives and possibly well into their 70s. Read more

Castlight – Up for the Challenge

Earlier this month, our COO, Martin Leonard took part in an amazing fundraising event. He was part of a three man relay team that swam the 24 mile length of Loch Lomond to raise money for the Scottish charity John Maurice Aitken Trust, which provides support for those in financial hardship. Read more

Mark Carney’s Warning: We Need a New Zeitgeist of Affordability

Mark Carney warned this week that Britain could be heading for another economic crash as households over extend on consumer credit. It seems, as a nation, we have short memories. Read more

Sub-Prime Lending: Lets Stop the Next Financial Tsunami

10 years ago the US sub-prime mortgage market hit the rocks and triggered a financial tsunami around the world. Many of us, I’m sure, will never forget the sight of panicked queues outside Northern Rock banks as the waves of destruction reached UK shores and began to lap at the doors of our High Street banks.

There were many reasons for the financial crisis – it was, in fact, a perfect storm. Read more

A Week of Awards in the Company of Fellow Disrupters

It has been a whirlwind of a week for the Castlight team. In the course of just a few days Castlight has won the first ever Deloitte’s Disrupt the Enterprise event to be held in Scotland and then we secured a place for the live final of TEDxGlasgow at the beginning of June. Read more

Castlight® Wins Deloitte’s Kick Start a Start Up Award

Glasgow-based fintech company, Castlight®, has won the first ever Deloitte’s Kick Start a Start Up event to be held in Scotland. Read more

Security in a Safer Financial World

Former national rugby referee, past president of The Scottish Rugby Union and Bill Clinton look-alike (see our Meet the Team page) Ed Crozier is also a highly experienced director on the Castlight board. One of the things we particularly value about Ed’s contribution to our team is his expertise in governance and regulation and his commitment to ensuring that everything we do, we do with integrity and thoroughness. Read more

Tumbleweed Rolls through the Branches as Banks go Digital

Last week in this blog I flagged up Radio 4’s The Bottom Line’s interesting debate about the impact of fintech on the banking scene. If you had time to tune in, you will also have heard Anthony Jenkins, former CEO of Barclay’s Bank talk, in almost apocalyptic terms, about the accelerating fall in branch traffic. He quoted customer traffic as falling by 15% per annum and said: “If you walk into a branch in central London now, you can see the tumbleweeds rolling through the aisles.” Read more

Our Affordability Passport® is Green to the Core

The average office worker in the States uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper per year – the equivalent of a 100-foot Douglas fir tree. That’s a small forest of magnificent Douglas Firs across a 40 year career of spreadsheets and reports. And there’s nothing to suggest we are scrunching up trees into wastepaper bins with any less disregard to the environment here in the UK. Read more