While most of the City had its eyes glued to the Autumn Statement, Icap traders were slightly distracted by the likes of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (ex- Cole, née Tweedy), Prince Harry, Dame Helen Mirren, Simon Cowell and most of the cast of The Only Way Is Essex – who were all in helping to raise money for charity. “We’re hoping to push the Autumn Statement off the front pages,” Icap chief Michael Spencer told The Capitalist.
X-Factor colleagues Cheryl and Dermot O’Leary were in agreement that trading isn’t all that easy. “It’s hard! It’s hard!’ said Cheryl – while the pressure was getting to Dermot, “it’s really stressful, can we have lunch now?!” he laughed.
The Icap staff members themselves put on a good show with their fancy dress. The Capitalist got shot in the back with water guns a few times by some rowdy Mexicans in ponchos.
We later caught Lord Jeffrey Archer talking footie with Manchester United legend Denis Law in between trades, Dermot O’Leary and Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding were swapping trading tips and everyone was in agreement that Prince Harry’s trading prowess was coming along, getting a £50m gilt trade up to £300m.
“The celebrities certainly add a certain frisson to the day,” Spencer told us. “We’ve been doing this since 1993. We used to have guys doing charity bike rides, but I said, ‘Why not give a day’s work to charity instead – you’re much better at it.’” With Icap’s aim to raise £10m yesterday, we’d say he’s probably right.