Boy racers in the Square Mile gear up for motoring challenge

FORMER managing director of private banking at RBS Nigel Jackson has taken on a charity role chairing the organising committee of The Circuit, a motor racing event to raise money for the NSPCC.

Jackson, currently director of boutique business consulting company Abstract UK told The Capitalist that “we’ve already got some keen racers signed up from the Square Mile” in addition to celebrity team captains – the chef Gino D’Acampo and rugby player Austin Healey. However Jackson was tight-lipped when it came to naming which City boy racer he thought might take home the trophy on 7 March.

■ The City of London Corporation has dragged itself, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century to experience the joys of social media. After months of toil spent developing a new website and Facebook page, it has now reached over 4,000 followers on Twitter. It is good news for #Guildhall, although it might take a while to win over a couple of the City’s elder statesmen who, The Capitalist is told, still view email with a degree of suspicion. Among the Corporation’s new online disciples are the London Bee Keepers, Dead Fox Removal London and The Gin Spot. “Yes they’re all there” said a spokesperson: “Insect lovers, vermin control and fine dining.” @cityoflondon seems to be more discerning in whom it follows itself. Enjoying science author Ben Goldacre and the City’s snow-clearing updates in its leisure hours, it wisely keeps an eye throughout the day on the latest business insights from @allisterheath, @hellierd and @cityamforum. Sorrowfully, we noted that it has yet to discover the joys of @cityamonline. The Corporation also appears to have a slight obsession with China, following twenty or more related news feeds. Hopefully this isn’t a sign of the City itself considering following the lead of so many other banking types and uprooting the Remembrancer’s Office for a new life in the Asia-Pacific region. But if so, there may be some promising leads on @cityamcareers.