The Capitalist

Balls and Merrick
Monday 22 September 2014
This week, the political excitement has migrated south from Scotland to Manchester, where Labour has started its annual party conference.
Queues outside the Bank of England
Monday 22 September 2014
Anyone walking past the Bank of England yesterday would’ve been forgiven for thinking there was a Northern Rock-style run on the Bank, as a queue formed right around the historic building and down the street.
Friday 19 September 2014
Auch, it was nye on impossible to talk of anything other than Scotland yesterday, but Boris Johnson made a good stab at it over breakfast – hosting the London’s Big Breakfast charity campaign at City Hall with Magic FM’s Dr Fox and The Mayor’s Fun
Friday 19 September 2014
Oh we do love a good case of mistaken identity. HSBC’s global chief economist Stephen King jetted into Milan yesterday, to give a talk at a client conference about new emerging geographies.
Margaret Hodge
Thursday 18 September 2014
Labour MP Margaret Hodge failed to appear at the launch of a book by BDO partner Daniel Dover last night, pul­ling out as guest speaker at the last minute.
Thursday 18 September 2014
Legal & General may well be losing the “Jimmy Page” of insurance (their words not ours) when John Pollock retires next year, but it has followed this announcement with news it has signed up to StepJockey.
Wednesday 17 September 2014
Owned by the BT pension fund, you’d think Hermes Investment Manage­ment would have free rein in the telecoms giant’s famous tower, but last night the firm had only its second event there ever.
Alex Donohue
Wednesday 17 September 2014
The scrum surrounding the Scottish referendum is reaching fever pitch and few are more excited than the bookies, gleefully stirring up Britain’s need to put money down on the big result.
Michelle Mone
Wednesday 17 September 2014
Ultimo founder Michelle Mone and shouty mouthpiece Katie Hopkins love a good barney. The pair have been in bust-ups (pun intended) for the past seven years, since Hopkins’ appearance on The Apprentice in 2007.
Tuesday 16 September 2014
It's fair to say energy companies are still not at the top of the public’s Christmas card lists – and this morning, a new energy company has trotted on to the scene to give us all something to think about.
Ed Balls
Tuesday 16 September 2014
One further casualty of a potential Scottish Yes vote can now be revealed – the annual appearance of Ed Balls struggling to come to terms with a tight-fitting football shirt.
Sir Martin Sorrell
Monday 15 September 2014
1. Sir Martin's oldest friend is the historian Simon Schama. They met at school and went up to Christ's College, Cambridge together. They toured Eastern Europe, including a visit to what had been the Nazi concentration camp at Theresienstadt.
Rupert Murdoch
Monday 15 September 2014
If you were north of the border over the weekend breathing in Scotland’s febrile political atmosphere you may have been standing side-by-side with none other than Rupert Murdoch.    But you may not have known it. 
Friday 05 September 2014
The Rt Hon Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove and UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport Sajid Javid is no luvvie. Not a bit of it. However, when it comes to reliving his childhood, he’ll jump at the opportunity.
Vince Cable on Strictly Come Dancing
Thursday 04 September 2014
From the party that promised a free tree for every new born child (sort of) comes perhaps the best political fundraising idea The Capitalist has ever heard. Prepare yourself folks… it’s the Lib Dem disco!  
Walkie Talkie building
Thursday 04 September 2014
Ladies and gentlemen, this year’s coveted Carbuncle Cup – the award for the UK’s ugliest building – goes to (drumroll please)… not one of the most nominated buildings, the Walkie Talkie, aka 20 Fenchurch St.
David Cameron
Wednesday 03 September 2014
What is it with the Tories and inauspicious dates?
Wednesday 03 September 2014
There will be a very special addition to Christie’s second annual “Out of the Ordinary” sale tomorrow that will put the stereotype of City workers loving sparkling wine to the ultimate test.   
Dave Lewis
Wednesday 03 September 2014
Twitter was abuzz yesterday with hashtags like #inspired and #TheFutureLooksGreat after the new boss of Tesco paid a surprise visit to a leadership conference in Birmingham.  
Tuesday 02 September 2014
Tesco launched a new flagship store next to the City’s iconic Walkie Talkie building yesterday, in a bid to capitalise on an expected 8,000 thousand-strong workforce set to take over the building.
Tuesday 02 September 2014
The young plutocrats, Britain’s last persecuted minority, can find life at university hard – set upon by lefty lecturers, student unions and worst of all, their state-schooled peers.   
Bitcoins
Tuesday 02 September 2014
Ecuador is launching its first digital currency, backed by the country’s central bank, supposedly as a way to help poorer people who haven’t previously been able to access traditional banking.
Monday 01 September 2014
The City A.M. awards are fast approaching and with the shortlists being revealed next week, we thought we’d get the ball rolling by announcing the winner of our competition.
Friday 29 August 2014
It often feels as though fracking firm Cuadrilla doesn’t have many friends in the countryside.
Lidl bill
Friday 29 August 2014
Bill of the Week is coming out of retirement for a special appearance today. But contrary to its predecessors, which regularly toted up the price of umpteen bottles of Krug and countless Grey Goose martinis, this bill is all about frugality.
Professor Brian Cox
Thursday 28 August 2014
Professor Brian Cox was in Canary Wharf last night talking about inflation. Not the kind that Mark Carney worries himself with though, Professor Cox was wowing a room of City types and entrepreneurs about the inflationary universe.
Vodafone ribbon cutting
Thursday 28 August 2014
Vodafone enjoyed a momentous day in the City yesterday – not least because City A.M.’s chief executive Jens Torpe and The Capitalist went down to its new store on Fenchurch Street, cutting the ribbon on the newly spruced up premises.
Ricky Gervais
Wednesday 27 August 2014
In retrospect, publishing a book called, Forget Strategy, Get Results, probably wasn’t the best thing for Telecity chief Michael Tobin to publish in April this year.
Tuesday 26 August 2014
A line has finally been drawn under a long-running City row between veteran stockbroker Barry Townsley and his former business partner and friend Guy Naggar.
Sophie Turner
Tuesday 26 August 2014
Having released a teaser video last week, in which viewers follow a mystery red-head as she strides around east London, clothing brand Karen Millen has revealed the face of its autumn/winter campaign to be Game of Thrones’ Sansa Stark (or actress
Filippo Noseda
Tuesday 26 August 2014
It’s official; the ice bucket challenge has hit the City. HSBC’s chief economist Stephen King, PwC’s Andrew Sentance and economist Danny Blanchflower have all had a soaking.
Nick Clegg
Friday 22 August 2014
He's already starred in a noir-style Labour-made party broadcast, as the “un-credible shrinking man”, now it seems Nick Clegg’s story is to be made into another film – this time by Channel 4.  
Friday 22 August 2014
Are the donkeys of Blackpool beach being exploited by big business? Yesterday, the noble steeds hit the headlines because Barclaycard was helping the donkey business to go cashless.
Friday 22 August 2014
Pest control experts Rentokil put on a real smorgasbord for City workers at One New Change yesterday.
Thursday 21 August 2014
They say you often find out who your real friends are when you’re at your lowest. Carillion’s announcement that it would be no longer pursuing a merger with Balfour Beatty yesterday came with some conspicuous absences.
Thursday 21 August 2014
Crowdfunding hub Indiegogo has taken a turn for the political. With exactly four weeks to go until the Scottish referendum, voters from both sides of the argument have created crowdfunding campaigns to give their side a good auld push.
puppy
Thursday 21 August 2014
If you listen carefully, you might be able to hear the sound of champagne corks popping in Fulham. A group of disgruntled residents have had their way in a passionate, albeit brief, catfight with Pets at Home.   
Frank Dalleres
Thursday 21 August 2014
It may have been a brief encounter, but City A.M.’s sport editor Frank Dalleres had the joy of holding the Ryder Cup yesterday, thanks to the cup’s worldwide partners Standard Life Investments.
Thursday 21 August 2014
Did anyone catch the midnight rainbow on the Southbank on Tuesday night? This 14ft installation added an interesting addition to the London skyline, but it wasn’t local artists behind the vision, it was good old Samsung.
Philip and Tina Green
Wednesday 20 August 2014
If ever there was a suitable carrot to dangle in a bid to make us work harder, this might just be it.
Argos catalogue
Wednesday 20 August 2014
Argos and Homebase have never been considered bastions of good style. With its belly button jewels and novelty mini fridges, we would almost go as far to say Argos is where trends go to die.
Wednesday 20 August 2014
Greggs bakery’s cheeks were left burning as hot as the middle of its sausage rolls yesterday, when someone who Googled the firm found that its logo had been hacked to read “providing shit to scum for 70 years”.   
Wednesday 20 August 2014
Dr Who is back on our screens this weekend, but one City worker has more interest than most. By day, Mark Speed works as a manager with financial forecasting company Evaluate, by night he writes novels, most recently about Dr Who. 
Maisie Williams
Wednesday 20 August 2014
Any Game of Thrones fans in the City should make a pilgrimage to The Broad Family statue in Broadgate, where they’ll be able to hear the youthful tones of Arya Stark (ie.
Wednesday 20 August 2014
It's about time. British Airways, the epitome of all things British, will finally start serving of one of our other stalwarts, fish and chips, on board.
Paul Aitken
Tuesday 19 August 2014
1 As a child ,he spent many a Saturday at Sir Richard Branson’s house playing snooker. The entrepreneur had invested in a synthesised guitar his father invented called a SynthAxe and the pair would have weekend meetings.
Lord Browne
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Lord Browne's crusade to help LGBT executives come out of the glass closet is continuing its pace.
toothbrush
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Google loves making an acquisition. This year alone it’s made 24. But would you believe us if we told you chief executive Larry Page uses a toothbrush to decide whether to gobble up a company or not. Well, it’s true. Sort of. 
No Dash For Gas
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Anti-fracking campaigners No Dash For Gas didn’t quite achieve their goal yesterday pitching up on the wrong floor of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce to protest about Cuadrilla.
Jeff Randall
Monday 18 August 2014
So, Jeff Randall’s off the to the Pru. The veteran business hack, whose career has seen him go from The Tele­graph, to the BBC to Sky (from where he stepped down earlier this year) is to become an adviser to Prudential boss Tidjane Thiam.

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