ILKLEY-based SmartSearch, the UK’s leading innovator in digital compliance and anti-money laundering (AML) solutions, has been awarded a place on the prestigious RegTech100 list for 2024.

This recognition by fintech market intelligence firm RegTech Analyst highlights the top 100 pioneering companies transforming the regulatory technology landscape globally.

Now in its seventh year, the RegTech100 provides a benchmark for companies leading the charge in the financial regulatory sector. SmartSearch's selection, from a pool of nearly 1,400 firms, underlines its role as a key innovator who is committed to redefining compliance through the innovative technology it develops.

Martin Cheek, managing director of SmartSearch, said: “Being named in the prestigious RegTech100 is testament to our team's dedication to excellence and innovation.

“At SmartSearch we strive to offer solutions that are ahead of the curve, anticipating and exceeding the ever-changing needs of our clients in the regulatory environment.”

SmartSearch digital compliance tools are designed for accessibility, efficiency, and effectiveness. They serve a diverse range of regulated sectors including the property, accountancy, legal and financial services. These solutions enable businesses to seamlessly navigate the complexities of regulatory compliance, AML regulations, and know-your-customer (KYC) requirements.

The RegTech100 selection criteria covers innovation, the problems being solved, and the potential for growth. The comprehensive assessment, involving critical analysis and insights from industry experts, recognises SmartSearch's robust digital solutions and its forward-thinking attitude in the regulatory technology world.

To help nurture its culture of innovation, SmartSearch is committed to cultivating talent and fostering a positive workplace environment that encourages professional growth and development. In recognition of this, SmartSearch has just been certified the full Great Place to Work accreditation as one of the country’s top employers and workplaces.

As SmartSearch celebrates this milestone, the firm looks forward to expanding its offerings and exploring new markets.

Martin Cheek added: “We are eager to continue our path of innovation and maintain our commitment to excellence in the regulatory technology sector.”

The SmartSearch platform, trusted by industry leaders, combines advanced tools like electronic verification (EV), real-time monitoring through perpetual KYC, and comprehensive sanction and PEP screening, enabling regulated firms to perform detailed customer checks in mere seconds while adhering to stringent AML regulations.

The company's growth curve is notable, with expansions in both team size and market reach. As it approaches a significant milestone of 200 employees, SmartSearch continues to set a benchmark for excellence in digital compliance and AML solutions.

SmartSearch’s next generation platform is trusted by one in three of the UK’s top 200 law firms, one in two of the top 100 accountancy firms, and more than 1,000 property companies and a host of the world’s leading financial services firms.