by Ian Hughes
6th September 2019

All global economies shift, swell, deplete and rise again. The fortunes of business can open on a high and close with a downward spiral.

This daily dance of stocks, shares, money and assets is closely monitored all over the world by the financial services sector – The people and companies in investment, lending and the management of funds and assets.

Such companies are in the business of making money, and money – as we all know – makes the world go around.

One of the most important events in the annual financial services calendar is SIBOS – described as ‘the ultimate financial services event’. Read on for more about SIBOS, why Liverpool City Region attends and how our region can help businesses in this critical sector thrive.


Previously known as ‘SWIFT International Banking Operations Seminar’ SIBOS is an annual banking and financial conference organised by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication.

Held in various cities across the world since 1978, the conference has an annual turnout of more than 9,000 participants from around the world, representing all branches of the financial services industry.

SIBOS 2018


The conference provides a forum for people who work in global financial markets to participate as exhibitors and attendees to discuss and debate the most pressing issues, relevant to today’s financial industry.

This year’s event will be held from a true a global financial superpower – the city of London, within ExCeL, London’s biggest events venue.

Described as the most engaging, innovative and ambitious SIBOS to date, this year’s event will recognise the challenges and opportunities that mass digitalisation and data-driven relationships present for the SIBOS community, under the overarching theme of ‘Thriving in a hyper-connected world’.




More than 9,000 business leaders, decision makers and thought-leadership experts, 600 speakers, 200+ exhibitors, and 100+ FinTechs will descend on ExCeL London to shape the future of the financial world.



Liverpool City region is the largest UK wealth management centre outside London and one of the UK’s leading financial centres, hosting key facilities for Santander, Barclaycard, Handelsbanken, RSA and Bibby Financial Services.

To sweeten the deal, Liverpool City Region is also home to the lowest operating costs, compared to all other global financial centres. All this adds up to one thing: Liverpool City Region is a high-quality, cost-competitive, low-risk, centre for financial and professional services.

Attending SIBOS enables us to engage with key influencers, intermediaries and international FinTech start-ups and companies. We attend to promote Liverpool City Region as the exceptional investment opportunity that it is.

SIBOS helps us understand the needs of the industry and communicate how Liverpool City Region actively works to help companies rise to these challenges.


Download our FinTech brochure

Download our FinTech brochure


On Monday 23rd September, from 2-4pm, the Department for International Trade will host a special FinTech event, designed to promote the substantial FinTech opportunity across the Northern Powerhouse.

Delivering new insights from leading companies within the sector, the event will introduce delegates to UK Fintech buyers, examine the growing demand for FinTech services and identify why places like Liverpool City Region provide such fertile breeding grounds for growth and innovation.

Talking about the Liverpool City Region opportunity at big, sector specific, global events like this is incredibly important, when it comes to attracting investment, so I can’t wait to attend this SIBOS event.


Download our Financial and Professional Services brochure

Download our Financial and Professional Services brochure


If you are attending SIBOS and are looking for a European base to expand your operation, Liverpool City Region could be the perfect location for you. We have the ideal business ecosystem, the right talent for the sector and a thriving financial sector that is set to benefit from a further £10 billion in planned investment in the region. Come and meet me at SIBOS. Liverpool City Region is the best investment any international financial service company could make.


Ann Hopper
Business Investment Officer
Invest Sefton
T. +44(0)151 934 3414

Ian Hughes
Ian Hughes
Marketing Manager
6th September 2019