In a recent speech at the Innovate Finance Global Summit, Christopher Woolard of the UK Financial Conduct Agency (FCA) provided details about the UK regulatory sandbox due to launch 9 May 2016. The sandbox will allow two FinTech cohorts a year to test their ideas without incurring the significant regulatory set up costs usually associated with going to market.
Participants in the sandbox will be given restricted authorisations to provide financial services to allow them to market test their ideas. The FCA will also develop a streamlined application process. Full authorisation will need to be sought to operate outside the sandbox.