Any Other Business - 03/06

Gabriella Griffith

FOR ONE City spinner, watching yesterday’s Apple conference was a more emotional experience than for most. Founder of Redleaf Polhill Emma Kane’s 17-year-old son Patrick featured in the opening video sequence for the eagerly awaited tech event. Why? Well, when Patrick was a baby he contracted meningococcal septicaemia and sadly lost a leg and many of his fingers. He’s been working with a company called Touch Bionics and uses a bionic left hand – which is now linked up to an app that lets him choose hand gestures by pressing buttons on his phone – something Apple is clearly impressed with. “We’re so overwhelmed with excitement,” Kane told The Capitalist. “We signed an NDA weeks ago so it’s great to be able to talk – I’m so proud.” Rightly so.

YOU MIGHT assume that an international equity brokerage based in London would have very little in common with Leicester-born rock quartet Kasabian but you’d be wrong, mostly. Both Aviate Global and the aforementioned guitar hounds are taking part in War Child’s fundraising day on 18 June - but in admittedly very different ways. Aviate has pledged to donate all of its profits on the day to the charity while the Glastonbury headliners are playing a gig in the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. We hear the Aviate team will be trotting along to take in the show after work, and why not, but we’d also like to suggest the band shimmy to Aviate in their skinny jeans and hit the phones. In for a penny and in for a pound…