The FCA Innovation Department supports financial services firms (incumbents and start-ups, regulates and unregulated, technology providers) to launch innovative products and services and collaborate. We offer a range of market facing tools and initiatives and we have recently created a decision tool ( to help you find out the right service and answer the most frequently asked questions.

9 years of support to innovative businesses serving UK consumers

Over 2,400 applications received

Until end of 2022, we supported 867 firms, including 168 firms and products accepted for testing in the Regulatory Sandbox

We highly encourage Scottish innovators to reach out, review the services available and apply. If you would like to get in touch with us to discuss your application, please email or 


TechSprints bring together participants from across and outside of financial services to address industry challenges. Find out more about what they are and details of our upcoming TechSprint events. 

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Digital sandbox

A test and collaboration  platform to support innovators by providing access to public, synthetic and anonymised data to build and showcase solutions. It also provides a marketplace for data providers to list and promote usage of datasets and APIs.

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Innovation Pathways

Regulatory support for firms (from any financial services sector, authorised or unauthorised, big or small) at all stages to understand the regulatory landscape and or how regulation applies to your business model.

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Regulatory sandbox

For more developed propositions from firms (from any financial services sector, authorised or unauthorised, big or small) who need to test their proposition with real consumers in a controlled environment.

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