A number of Gwent firms have made the shortlist for the 2019 FinTech Awards Wales.

Newport-based GoCompare Group Ltd is in the running for the title of FinTech Company while Cashcalc, which is also based in the city is shortlists in the FinTech Scale-up category.

Henry Howard Finance, which has its base at Langstone Business Park, is competing for the title of Best Advisory.

GoCompare's Jackson Hull is a finalist in the CTO / CIO category.

Town Square Spaces, of Caerphilly, is in the running for Best Accelerator / Incubator and shortlisted in the Best Academic Programme category are University of South Wales' National Cyber Security Academy, Cardiff University's National Software Academy and GoCompare's GoFurther Academy.

Another local finalist is Tom Newton, CashCalc, who is up for Rising FinTech Star.

Hosted by Recruit 121 Group, along with principal sponsor Confused.com, FinTech Awards Wales celebrates the outstanding achievements of the FinTech professionals and companies in Wales .

The winners will be announced at an awards night on July 19.

Matt Hyde, managing director, FinTech Awards Wales, said: “The response from FinTech professionals across the whole of Wales has been excellent, with impressive nominations received across the 10 categories.

“Our vision - to recognise, attract and invest in FinTech talent is core to what we are doing. These awards will be shining a light on the rich talent we have in Wales and celebrating the valuable work of the FinTech sector. We are excited to find new and existing talent in Wales and provide a platform to showcase in Wales, the UK and beyond.

Wales’ Economy Minister Ken Skates said: “There is no doubt that we are living in an age of unprecedented change and economic opportunity and this is one of the many reasons why the Welsh Government is such a proud and active supporter of our thriving FinTech Sector. I look forward to these awards which will shine a light on the skilled workforce and exciting innovators who are proud to drive forward their businesses here in Wales.”