Belfast Telegraph

Why we are proud to sponsor Emerging Business category in Belfast Telegraph Business Awards

By Conor Donnelly marketing manager FinTrU

FinTrU is proud to sponsor the Emerging Business/Start Up of the Year category at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards. The fast-growing financial services company, founded in December 2013, is pleased to announce its support for entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland.

FinTrU is a financial services company that provides high-quality, cost-effective, near-shore outsourced specialist legal, compliance, regulatory and operational services for the international investment banking industry and financial services sector.

FinTrU currently employs 250 staff at its two Belfast city centre offices, located in The Gasworks and Pakenham Street.

Having been founded four and a half years ago, FinTrU understands the potential challenges that emerging companies can face during their first couple of years.

However, the opportunities that Northern Ireland can offer makes it a great environment for new businesses.

The finalists in this year's category come from a wide range of industries and it's great to see so many thriving here in Northern Ireland.

This steadfast entrepreneurial spirit is something FinTrU is proud to back wholeheartedly.

Prior to FinTrU's establishment, CEO and founder Darragh McCarthy thoroughly researched various cities across the UK and Ireland to determine which location offered the most cost-effective opportunities.

The availability of a high number of talented graduates in the job market, coupled with support from Invest NI, made Belfast the obvious choice as a base for FinTrU.

These factors have enabled FinTrU to offer a unique and highly competitive alternative to the typical outsourcing solutions for the UK, EU and US financial industries.

Clients include Tier 1 investment banks based in both New York and London.

In terms of recruitment, FinTrU developed its two-year Graduate Programme with a long-term commitment to providing analysts with support, training and industry qualifications such as Investment Operations Certificates (IOC). The first academy was recruited in August 2014, nine months after FinTrU was founded. There have been nine Financial Services Academies carried out which have resulted in approximately 180 jobs for graduates in Belfast.

FinTrU is a 'People Business' and the ongoing personal development of employees is a critical driver of its success.

Numerous employees are currently undertaking company sponsored professional and academic qualifications.

In January 2018 FinTrU launched its new benefits package which includes a health cash plan, private medical insurance, income protection, life assurance, an employee assistance programme, Best Doctors, and health screening.

This included the founding of the wellbeing strategy: TrU Wellness.

In recognition of its commitment to its employees, FinTrU has been nominated for the Excellence in Health and Wellbeing category at this year's Belfast Telegraph Business Awards.

FinTrU has also focused heavily on building its partnership with graduates through ventures such as sponsorship of the Bloomberg Trading Room at QUB, sponsorship of QUB Rowing Club as well as hosting the annual Lecture Series in conjunction with Queen's Management School.

Previous high-profile keynote speakers have included Kweku Adoboli, Elisabeth Stheeman, Mandy DeFilippo, Bradley Birkenfeld and Professor Kate Kenny.

Their topics were 'Financial Crime: Compliance and Culture', 'Financial Market Regulations and Surveillance' and 'Whistleblowing in Financial Services'. FinTrU plans to host its fourth lecture series later this year.

FinTrU is a proud supporter of entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland and wants to congratulate all the emerging business award finalists on their achievements so far and wish them the very best of luck in this year's awards.

To read more about FinTrU, please visit www.fintru.com