Singapore fintech TranSwap locates global R&D centre in Edinburgh

TranSwap, the cross-border payment platform with headquarters in Singapore is setting up a fintech research and development centre in Scotland to continue its international growth.

The Singapore-headquartered fintech company, TranSwap has chosen to open a UK office and global R&D centre in Edinburgh, proving that Scotland’s thriving fintech sector offers the perfect blend of innovation, skills, culture and expertise that global fintech enterprises and investors seek.

TranSwap will initially operate from the world-leading data science and artificial intelligence hub, the Bayes Centre at the University of Edinburgh. The company has already established an R&D partnership with the academic institution.


"TranSwap's decision to locate in Edinburgh is a real vote of confidence in Scotland’s fintech sector, which continues to gain worldwide recognition because of our skilled workforce, vibrant tech scene and collaborative cross-sector environment."

Mark Hallan, Director of Global Investment, Scottish Development International

Formed in 2017, TranSwap is a cross-border business-to-business fintech platform, which allows companies to move money better, faster and cheaper. The company’s licensed technology empowers businesses to manage and make global financial transactions from local connections anywhere.

TranSwap’s products also include e-banking, foreign exchange services, e-invoicing and global digital wallets. The TranSwap platform also supports global payments in 180 currencies and 120 countries.

"UK has been on the cards for years as it is one of the world’s leading financial centres and remains a source of global economic development," said Benjamin Wong, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of TranSwap.

"Besides serving as a strategic gateway into Europe, the UK is also a highly sought-after investment destination for businesses. It has a vibrant, entrepreneurial fintech sector and businesses play a vital role in the country’s economic growth and sustainability,” he added.

“We seek to make cross-border payments more efficient and cost-effective for businesses in the UK by simplifying the traditional cross-border payment process. In today’s context especially, it is more crucial than ever to support global trade and investment and help combat the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic."

Benjamin Wong, Co-founder and CEO of TranSwap

Scotland's digital skills fit for future fintech market

The firm’s Edinburgh facility will tap into the current skills base within technology and financial services and create a talent pipeline for graduates and post-graduates with the right skill sets to enter the rapidly expanding fintech market.

TranSwap expects to create 54 jobs in Edinburgh over the next three years. These jobs will include high-value digital roles such as machine learning engineers and full-stack developers.

"Covid-19 has created challenges for economies on an unprecedented scale and the knock-on effects of the pandemic have called on businesses to evaluate alternatives to unlock cash flow and ensure business continuity. By providing businesses with a platform for seamless and cost-effective cross-border payments and collections, we hope to help them through improved access to financial services."

Grant McKenzie, UK Country Head at TranSwap

Help from our local offices

TranSwap already has overseas offices in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia. Our own local staff, who are based in Singapore and Hong Kong, worked directly with the company to help make the right introductions to stakeholders in Scotland and ultimately helped in its decision to locate in Edinburgh.

Dynamic fintech ecosystem

TranSwap UK is already a member of the FinTech Scotland community. FinTech Scotland is the bridge to connect you to Scottish fintech companies where members benefit from working alongside likeminded creative fintechs to develop world-changing solutions together.

"Scotland’s experience in payment technology is going from strength to strength. We continue to see innovations that are world leading and driving change in the payments sector," said Nicola Anderson, CEO of FinTech Scotland.

Read how Scottish fintechs have mobilised and responded to Covid-19

"TranSwap is a great example of how fintech can facilitate lives for millions of people all around the world, simplifying the way global payments happen. The company has ambitious plans for global growth and we're looking forward to helping them grow their operations in Scotland."

Nicola Anderson, CEO of FinTech Scotland

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