Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
— John F. Kennedy
 
 
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We are different.

We help financial services firms find the right partners to deliver change

Banks and Financial Services businesses worldwide are embracing the opportunities offered by emerging and digital technologies. In the past, when new skills and capabilities were needed, businesses would turn to a short and well-defined list of suitable partners - today businesses face many more choices than ever before. 

Pacemakers is here to simplify and accelerate the process through which banks and financial services businesses find the best partner to help them deliver their digital strategies.

 
 
 

Our process

 
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01

Map
user needs

 
 
 
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02

Identify targets

 
 
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03

Engage partners

 

 
 
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Map user needs

We begin with in-depth interviews with stakeholders to identify the characteristics of the end goal. Understanding our clients’ objectives, circumstances and experience enables us to identify which set of skills are required to deliver the best outcome.

 

Identify targets

We build a custom taxonomy of the relevant ecosystem based on our clients’ requirements, providing a real whole-of-market perspective when making decisions. We leverage advanced search and data analytics to extract and analyse profiling data to rate and score how targets meet client requirements

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Engage partners

We provide our clients with detailed profiles of the partners most suited to their need. We then support our clients to engage with the selected partners to select the ideal partner with the awareness that their decision is a whole-of-market perspective.

 
 
 
 

Core principles

 
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We base our offering on four pillars

Our proposition is focussed on delivering value in the most timely and cost effective format.

We aim to provide our clients with a comprehensive perspective on selecting the acquisition targets, partners or suppliers best suited to their requirements.

 

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Personalised approach

The ideal partner is one that offers the best fit with our clients’ requirements.

We use client-specific taxonomies  to categorise any digital FS ecosystem, to ensure the selected providers are those with the best possible fit.

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Whole of
market view

We review and evaluate providers of digital financial services solutions worldwide and offer a whole-of-market view of emerging technologies.

We enhance this data with the insight of C-suite and Partner level advisors. 

 

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Network of specialists

Our team has proven track records in driving large scale digital transformation, gained by working with financial services firms that range from finTech start-ups to global multinational banks and everything in between. 

We are continually investing in the extensive networks of our senior team.

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Independent
advice

We do not have our own digital solutions to push. Our only objective is to enable our clients to find the best partner for the task at hand.

Our client fees are our only income and that guarantees our independence.

 
 

Our perspective

 
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Unlike many other advisors we have opinions.

And we like these to be challenged - so we often write articles and speak publicly.


Could Apple Be Your Next Bank?

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Bank 

 

Dis-Intermediation

Report for the FCA Future Horizons Report

Open Banking APIs

 

MONEY2020 Europe

 

 

Core Principles

We base our offering on four pillars

Our proposition is focussed on delivering value in the most timely and cost effective format.

We aim to provide our clients with a comprehensive perspective on selecting the acquisition targets, partners or suppliers best suited to their requirements.

 

A Personalised Approach

The ideal partner is one that offers the best fit with our clients’ requirements. We use client-specific taxonomies  to categorise any digital FS ecosystem, to ensure the selected providers are those with the best possible fit.

 

A Whole of Market view

We review and evaluate providers of digital financial services solutions worldwide and offer a whole-of-market view of emerging technologies. We enhance this data with the insight of C-suite and Partner level advisors. 


A Network of Specialists

Our team has proven track records in driving large scale digital transformation, gained by working with financial services firms that range from finTech start-ups to global multinational banks and everything in between. We are continually investing in the extensive networks of our senior team.


 

A Truly Independent Advice

We do not have our own digital solutions to push. Our only objective is to enable our clients to find the best partner for the task at hand. Our client fees are our only income and that guarantees our independence.

 

 

Our Clients

 

These are some of the clients we have served in the recent months.

 
 
 
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Mentions and Comments

In The Press

 

Britain's Monzo banking app is coming to America

 

Monzo, Starling and Revolut hunt for older, more diverse, customers

 

傳統銀行怎麼跟敏捷的 FinTech 打?打不贏就合作吧!

 

Confirmed: London FinTech Curve raises $10M Series A

 

"한국 금융, 규제 빼고는 혁신 일어날 요소 모두 갖춰"

 

Is the Banking Industry Living on Borrowed Time?

 


Our Process

The Pacemakers 5 Steps

 

 
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Our Process

 

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Map Needs

We begin with in-depth interviews with stakeholders to identify the characteristics of the end goal. Understanding our clients’ objectives, circumstances and experience enables us to identify which set of skills are required to deliver the best outcome.

 

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Identify Targets

We build a custom taxonomy of the relevant ecosystem based on our clients’ requirements, providing a real whole-of-market perspective when making decisions. We leverage advanced search and data analytics to extract and analyse profiling data to rate and score how targets meet client requirements.

 

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Engage Partners

We provide our clients with detailed profiles of the partners most suited to their need. We then support our clients to engage with the selected partners to select the ideal partner with the awareness that their decision is a whole-of-market perspective.

 

Core Principles

We base our offering on four pillars

Our proposition is focussed on delivering value in the most timely and cost effective format.

We aim to provide our clients with a comprehensive perspective on selecting the acquisition targets, partners or suppliers best suited to their requirements.

 

 

Personalised Approach

The ideal partner is one that offers the best fit with our clients’ requirements.

We use client-specific taxonomies  to categorise any digital FS ecosystem, to ensure the selected providers are those with the best possible fit.


Whole of Market View

We review and evaluate providers of digital financial services solutions worldwide and offer a whole-of-market view of emerging technologies.

We enhance this data with the insight of C-suite and Partner level advisors. 

 


Network of Specialists

Our team has proven track records in driving large scale digital transformation, gained by working with financial services firms that range from finTech start-ups to global multinational banks and everything in between. 

We are continually investing in the extensive networks of our senior team.

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Independent Advice

We do not have our own digital solutions to push. Our only objective is to enable our clients to find the best partner for the task at hand.

Our client fees are our only income and that guarantees our independence.

Innovation is meaningless without implementation. 

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Our Process

 

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MAP NEEDS

We begin with in-depth interviews with stakeholders to identify the characteristics of the end goal. Understanding our clients’ objectives, circumstances and experience enables us to identify which set of skills are required to deliver the best outcome.

 
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IDENTIFY TARGETS

We build a custom taxonomy of the relevant ecosystem based on our clients’ requirements, providing a real whole-of-market perspective when making decisions. We leverage advanced search and data analytics to extract and analyse profiling data to rate and score how targets meet client requirements

 
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ENGAGE PARTNERS

We provide our clients with detailed profiles of the partners most suited to their need. We then support our clients to engage with the selected partners to select the ideal partner with the awareness that their decision is a whole-of-market perspective.

 

Change Is Inevitable

Should You Build, Buy or Collaborate?


In all industries the pace of change has become relentless. Businesses everywhere are seeking the right partners to support their evolution. If in the past the list of suitable partners was short and well-defined, today businesses face many more choices than ever before.

 

Pacemakers was created to professionalise the process through which businesses identify and engage with the best firms to collaborate, partner or acquire.

We provide our clients with the confidence of knowing that their decisions are well-informed, based on high quality ad-hoc research and supported by the experience of real change practitioners.


 

Core Principles

We base our offering on four pillars

Our proposition is focussed on delivering value in the most timely and cost effective format.

We aim to provide our clients with a comprehensive perspective on selecting the acquisition targets, partners or suppliers best suited to their requirements.

 

 

Personalised Approach

The ideal partner is one that offers the best fit with our clients’ requirements.

We use client-specific taxonomies  to categorise any digital FS ecosystem, to ensure the selected providers are those with the best possible fit.


Whole of Market View

We review and evaluate providers of digital financial services solutions worldwide and offer a whole-of-market view of emerging technologies.

We enhance this data with the insight of C-suite and Partner level advisors. 

 


Real Track Record

Our team has proven track records in driving large scale digital transformation, gained by working with financial services firms that range from finTech start-ups to global multinational banks and everything in between. 

We are continually investing in the extensive networks of our senior team.

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Independent Advice

We do not have our own digital solutions to push. Our only objective is to enable our clients to find the best partner for the task at hand.

Our client fees are our only income and that guarantees our independence.

Change is inevitable

Do You Have The Right Capabilities?


More than ever businesses feel the need to innovate to remain relevant, quickly realising that they do not have all the skills and expertise needed to build this change. Partnering is often the best way to address the situation. Until recently the list of possible partners was short and well-defined; today businesses face many more choices than ever before.

Pacemakers was created to professionalise the way our clients identify and engage with the best firms on the planet to collaborate, partner or acquire.

We provide our clients with the confidence of knowing that their decisions are well-informed, based on high quality ad-hoc research and supported by the experience of real change practitioners. Our approach delivers results.


 

Core Propositions

We base our offering on four pillars


Partners Search

 

Market Scan

 

Engagement Strategy

 

Target Search

 

 

Our Offering

We Help Our Clients Make The Right Choices


 

Our Offering


 

Partners Search

 
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Help clients identify, engage and sign-up the right partner

Our process:

  • Define requirements with in-depth client audits engaging key stakeholders and decision makers

  • Conduct a whole-of-market search of potential partners

  • Work with our client to define a short-list

  • Support client in engagement and on-boarding


 

Market Scan

 
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Map relevant trends, propositions & partners

Our process:

  • Profile market trends and disruption affecting the areas of focus

  • Define specific propositions and threats arising from the trends selected

  • Identify specific potential targets for acquisition, collaboration or partnership


 

Market Entry

 

Design bespoke plan to enter new geographies or business areas

Our process

  • Identify potential markets, channels or partners for our client

  • Define proposition for each of the of the above target groups

  • Define business development strategy and plan

  • Identify specific individual targets to approach in implementing the BD plan

Core Principles

We base our offering on four pillars


Personalised Approach

 

Whole of Market View 

 

Real Track Record

 

Independent Advice

 

 
 
Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
— John F. Kennedy
 
 
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Core Principles

We base our offering on four pillars

 

 
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Personalised Approach

Independent Advice

Real Track Record

Whole of Market View