Battle of the bean counters: PwC heads to Latvia for squash final

SHOWING the upmost commitment to sports and team bonding, a team of accountants from PwC in London ventured to Riga in Latvia over the Bank Holiday weekend for the firm’s annual inter-office squash tournament.

The games this year, organised by the company’s Russian office, saw teams from 12 different countries compete, with Germany emerging victorious in the final, and two London teams claiming second and third place.

The Capitalist hears it was a dramatic game, with London’s number one seed nearly missing the final due to a throat infection, and a rebel player threatening to play in flip flops after losing his trainers on the first night in town. Let’s hope they get it together and really go for gold at Vienna in 2014.

RBS has been busy conducting research into the female psyche. The group yesterday published research showing that a fifth of women are put off from starting their own business by the success of high profile businesswomen, and that a third of women said that the “aggressive behaviour showcased on TV programmes like Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice” deterred them from taking the plunge and starting a business. The Capitalist quizzed some successful City ladies to see what they made of the bank’s findings. Chief executive of brokers FinnCap Sam Smith (pictured) revealed when she was starting out there were “no females in my profession at all.” Smith also told The Capitalist that girls need to see “non-scary” female role models and suggested that the perceived glass ceiling “isn’t necessarily there.”

Co-founder of MBA website BusinessBecause Kate Jillings said she didn’t identify herself as a female entrepreneur but simply “a small-business owner who happens to be a woman.” She noted: “A real entrepreneur should be investing their time in setting up their own venture, not impressing Alan Sugar.”

Hear, hear.