Canaccord boys trade their toys

BROKERS at Canaccord Genuity have been out on the road the past couple of weeks, working on a bond issuance for lorry company Stobart Group.

As part of the roadshow the firm hosted a “truckers’ breakfast” at its London office yesterday, dishing out bacon sarnies and coffee to those who attended.

They were also handing out dinky Eddie Stobart toy trucks.

While the bond has yet to launch, The Capitalist hears there is a booming black market developing among the traders for the lorry toys, which will make novel stocking fillers for Christmas.

Apparently those with the most children are driving the hardest bargains.

■ CALLING all City philanthropists and hedonists: there are still places available at a black tie charity dinner held at the Hurlingham Club tomorrow night. The Champions in the Community event, hosted by family foundation Miller Philanthropy and Iain Duncan Smith MP, will raise money for charities supported by Miller Philanthropy and The Centre for Social Justice. In addition to dinner there will be an auction of lots including a drive in a Rolls-Royce and a couture gown by celebrity couturiers Ralph & Russo. Already on the guest list are Mark Florman, the chief executive of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, and Mark Rodino, the global head of sales at STOXX. Unusually there is no ticket price, but a donation to attend, as the evening is being underwritten by SCM Private, the firm founded by Gina Miller and her ex-hedge fund husband Alan. For more information contact gina@millerphilanthropy.com

■ CITY landmark St Bride’s Church is in danger of being officially classed “At Risk” if £300,000 is not raised by Christmas. Architect Christopher Wren’s tallest City church has survived world wars and decades of storms but damage to stonework has caused masonry to fall from the tower, which has now become a serious enough risk that the church may be forced to close. The Patron of the INSPIRE! Appeal to restore the church, Sir Michael Bear, Master of the Worshipful Company of Paviors and previous Lord Mayor of the City of London (pictured right), is leading calls to the business community to support St Bride’s. For more information visit www.stbrides.com/inspire