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Lisa Leid

Head of Communications

Location icon United Kingdom

Focused on campaigning for equality and diversity, and acting as a vocal voice for leading, socially-focused businesses.

Portfolio

Equality and Diversity

Fractal Labs
05/08/2020
Mental Health Awareness Week

Articulating the topic of mental health is not easy, so I will not pretend that this will be a one-size-fits-all post for everyone. The last year we have been hearing a lot about our mental health - good, bad or otherwise - be it royals, celebrities or the charities who do such a wonderful job supporting those in need.

Fractal Labs
03/31/2020
IWD 2020: Kristy Duncan, Women in Payments

To celebrate this year's International Women's Day, I spoke to a formidable woman in the fintech space - Kristy Duncan, CEO and founder of the professional association Women in Payments.

Fractal Labs
03/31/2020
International Women's Day 2020

At Fractal, we believe that cultivating a diverse workplace is very important. An equal world is an enabled world. Diversity can cover race, a person's capabilities, and gender which is the focal point of today as we celebrate International Women's Day.

Fractal Labs
03/16/2019
Women in tech: Viola Llewellyn, "This ecosystem wasn't built for me"

Throughout time, women have had to overcome and fight many injustices stemming from societal perceptions of gender. Viola Llewellyn of Ovamba said, "The challenges women face within our industry are slowly improving. We are all becoming comfortable with these uncomfortable conversations".

Black Young Professionals Network
Black Young Professionals Network

BYP Network is a community for black young professionals to network, socialise or date. Join us and get connected!

Growth Street
03/07/2017
Happy Women's History month!

This piece focuses on Women's International day, it features influential women in finance such as, Victoria Raffe and Emilie Bellet.

Growth Street
12/22/2016
What should you consider when running a business whilst raising a child?

Running a business and raising a child simultaneously can feel like an impossible task at times. Both jobs are very similar; both require dedication, time, and a lot of trial and error along the way. Stephanie Douglas, founder of Don't Buy Her Flowers, and a mother to two small kids told us: "You can't run a business and do everything you did before.

Fintech

Fractal Labs
05/08/2020
Dealing with a recession: how do we regain financial prosperity?

Since lockdown was imposed in Wuhan, China on the 23rd January 2020, a ripple of concern waved through the financial markets with the CSI 300 Index (an aggregate measure of the top 300 stocks in the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges) dropping almost 9% GDP (Gross Domestic Product) by 3rd February 2020.

Fractal Labs
08/14/2019
The changing face of finance: Facebook's Libra

So who's making a play for finance? There's Apple Pay, Google Pay, Amazon has multiple credit products, and everyone's favourite omnipresent power, Facebook, are capitalising on their huge user base to sell their cryptocurrency, Libra. Out of the four, Facebook's venture into finance is somewhat unique.

Fractal Labs
03/16/2019
Ides of March: the 2000 year financial transformation

March 15th, also known as the Ides of March, signalled the beginning of a new year for the Romans. Courts would reopen and everyone was expected to settle their debts to start the new year afresh, and of course, avoid being sued. This was a very laborious task.

Fractal Labs
02/16/2019
Robot vs Bankers

We're all experiencing such an enormous shift in technology in today's technology-obsessed world - and make no mistake - we are obsessed, it has become a lot easier to look at any issue in society and think 'I'm sure this can be improved using AI, machine learning or blockchain'.

Fractal Labs
02/16/2019
Chatbot hall of fame

Artificial intelligence can contribute to many products and services to make a consumer, or a small business's life, much simpler. Although AI has had its fair share of press, from the good, the bad, to the absolute ugly, it's still anyone's guess as to how it will truly change society.

Fractal Labs
03/31/2020
Covid-19 plan: Distributed working at Fractal

We empathise completely with the world, and small businesses throughout this difficult time. At Fractal, we need to be at our most productive, now more than ever, to enable small businesses to overcome their cash flow issues.

Fractal Labs
06/14/2019
Three key takeaways from London Tech Week

London is a city like no other. Its attitude towards positive change through open collaboration heavily contributes to its status as a global hub for finance and technology. Today, the fourth industrial revolution is forcing the rapid evolution of technology impacting many industries on a global scale.

Fractal Labs
06/14/2019
What we learnt from ICML 2019

Machine learning is at the heart of our predictive models which enables our platform to give a small business timely insights into its forecasted expenditure and better financial product recommendations.

Fractal Labs
11/16/2018
Fractal wins Shift Money Challenge!

All over Europe, hundreds of tech companies submitted their applications to compete for the title of Shift Money Challenge Winner 2018. Shift Money selected a group of 10 tech companies, including us at Fractal, to pitch in Zagreb, Croatia.

Fashion

Verbal Reasoning
03/03/2014
Why fashion still has issues with race.

Having already written a blog on the issue of diversity in fashion, I think it is only appropriate to look back at London Fashion Week's choice in models and question why there wasn't more diversity on the runway this season.

Verbal Reasoning
03/03/2014
Social Media in Fashion

Designers and models were all over the news and social media in the past few weeks, due to the ongoing fashion shows at the four major fashion capitals in the world, New York, London, Milan and Paris.

Verbal Reasoning
01/19/2015
What can the fashion industry do for women and diversity?

According to a Vice article in December: "New York Fashion Week catwalks for A/W 2014, out of 4,621 looks, only 985 were worn by models of colour. Of all the models that walked during the week, 78.69 percent were white." Unfortunately these results are not surprising.

Verbal Reasoning
03/03/2014
UK fashion industry sees positive growth over the past five years

London Fashion Week kicked off with a conference on the 14th February this year announcing positive growth in the UK fashion industry. Chairman of the British Fashion Council, Natalie Massenet, announced figures showing growth in the UK fashion industry over the past five years.

Small Business

Fractal Labs
08/14/2019
Why small businesses continue to struggle financially

Despite cultural and economic differences, small businesses from all over the world face similar challenges and share the same concerns, ranging from uncertainty about future cash flow to accessing affordable finance. There are several reasons as to why small businesses struggle financially -- dealing with late payments from customers, lack of foresight into their future cash flow, and minimal support from those with financial experience.

Fractal Labs
03/31/2020
How do late payments impact small businesses?

Just under a year ago, Open Banking gathered a group of leading fintechs (including us at Fractal) and the UK Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, to discuss an ongoing issue that significantly affects small business owners and their cash flow - late payments.

Fractal Labs
03/31/2020
COVID-19 Guide to Support SMEs

No one could have ever predicted the sheer speed of COVID-19's virality, and the cataclysmic impact it would make on the world. In the past three months, we have seen some of the most prosperous countries completely lockdown in light of the pandemic, the economy go into freefall, and the livelihood of billions of small business owners out at risk or snatched away before help could arrive.

Fractal Labs
01/16/2019
Understanding the SME funding gap in the CEE

Over the past 12 months, we have been fortunate enough to visit nearly every continent in the world (closing the small business funding gap in Antarctica, anyone?) to better understand how small businesses function globally.

Fractal Labs
03/08/2020
COVID-19 Guide to Support SMEs

No one could have ever predicted the sheer speed of COVID-19's virality, and the cataclysmic impact it would make on the world. In the past three months, we have seen some of the most prosperous countries completely lockdown in light of the pandemic, the economy go into freefall, and the livelihood of billions of small business owners out at risk or snatched away before help could arrive.

Fractal Labs
12/16/2018
What does 2019 have in store for SME banking?

If there's one thing that the entire fintech community can agree on, it's this - 2018 has been quite the year for new regulatory changes that will affect small businesses and the way they bank, but it hasn't even started yet.

Fractal Labs
04/08/2020
SMEs respond to Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

There's no doubt that every small business owner will be going through a difficult time right now. The BBC suggests that between 800,000 to 1 million businesses could be forced to shut up shop because they can no longer cover rent, salaries and other expenses.

Fractal Labs
11/16/2018
Closing the SME funding gap in Australia

Australia, the fourth happiest country in the world, and is a renowned destination for many reasons, so it's no wonder that Australia is a hotspot for aspiring small business owners to set up shop and serve a very diverse crowd of people with a wide set of needs.

Reviews

Riveronline
04/08/2011
Gone Girl Review

Ben Affleck and Rosemary Pike star in David Fincher's mystery thriller Gone Girl, a film cleverly written and very rare to find these days. Having not guessed the movies ending within the first half hour I was impressed.

The Italian Eye Magazine
02/09/2016
THE 66TH BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016

For those who were disappointed with the Oscar nominations or the Golden Globes this year, do not despair. If you prefer a more indie setting for your film award ceremonies, Berlin hosts the yearly Berlin International Film Festival 2016. For a 10 day spectacle.

The Italian Eye Magazine
09/14/2016
9 DREAMY VILLAGES IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

Caribbean sea and fairytale castles: here are 9 dreamy villages in the south of France that you must visit. For a romantic escape, with a wink to adventure.

Wandsworthguardian
Wandsworth's Mandy Anholt is a 'one-woman tour de force'

Described as a one-woman tour de force, newcomer Maddy Anholt, has been getting rave reviews for her dynamic performances. Her new comedy performance, Maddy's Many Mouths, allows the audience to watch Maddy's journey through 12 diverse characters.

Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine - Eyewear by SelectSpecs.com
02/02/2016
Katie Lynch Gives SelectSpecs her Favourite Style Tips

Bubbly, straight to the point and very funny; Katie Lynch, the fashionable 22 year old, Vogue approved entrepreneur from Kent, created her online boutique whilst studying (and graduating) from Kingston University and hasn't looked back since.

News

Yourlocalguardian
Battersea Park to open gardens to public next weekend

Thrive Battersea Park will be opening its Herb Garden and the Old English Garden to the public during London's Open Garden Squares Weekend. The day will include children's activities, plant sales and guided tours of the Jo Malone London funded Old English Garden.

Surreycomet
Raven's Ait to open pop-up restaurant

The public can see inside Raven's Ait this month thanks to a pop-up restaurant with a classic British theme. Live music will lull diners enjoying either afternoon tea or a three-course meal on Sunday, August 17. The lease to the iconic island was bought in September by Middle Eastern businessman Marshal Gasper from former Olympic sailing medallist Ossie Stewart, for a rumoured £1.9m.

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