The Capitalist

Monday 22 December 2014
It's Christmas week, which means most of us will be packing down our desks for the Christmas break today or tomorrow - heading home for some festive cheer.
Friday 19 December 2014
It's the most modern and bizarre of phenomenons: there are many among us who want to smell like celebrities.
Friday 19 December 2014
  McLaren’s F1 pit stop teams have a record of changing all four tyres on their car in two seconds – yes two.   
Thursday 18 December 2014
What do nineties band The Brand New Heavies, Nigel Farage and Innocent Drinks founder Richard Reed have in common? They were all at millionaire fund-manager Jim Mellon’s Christmas party last night, of course.
Thursday 18 December 2014
No one enjoys management speak (well except for compliance teams). Thankfully for us, Sebastian James, chief executive at Dixons Carphone, has not let the heat in the post-merger kitchen sweat out his colourful cultural references.
Thursday 18 December 2014
Bosses over at KPMG were taken down a few pegs yesterday. UK chairman and senior partner Simon Collins (left) donned a hat and a “trainee” badge to serve up skinny cappuccinos and hazelnut lattes to staff.
Wednesday 17 December 2014
The Bank of England certainly knows how to conduct a stress test. It even managed to give the City’s hacks a stress test of their own at the crack of dawn yesterday.
Monday 15 December 2014
1 She used to play the double bass in a jazz and blues band. 2 She was once denied entry to a country due to a change in the visa requirements. 3 She currently volunteers with Girl­guid­ing UK to help girls build confidence.
Monday 15 December 2014
Bath-based, artisan chocolate brand, Choc on Choc has sold £260,000 worth of penguin confectionery in what the brand is calling the “Monty effect” following consumer hype around this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert.
Monday 15 December 2014
We asked… you delivered.
Monday 15 December 2014
Some very brave (and badly dressed) runners sprinted around Canary Wharf on Friday to raise money for the Kids City charity.
Friday 12 December 2014
  The who's who of the retail world trotted over to the Montague on the Gardens Hotel yesterday to share a Christmas toast (and another, and an­other) with Shore Capital’s retail guru Clive Black.   
Friday 12 December 2014
The day has finally arrived. It’s probably the only day in the year when the brighter, the sillier, the more glittery jumper imaginable will get you props at work. Flashing lights will get you a gold star.
Friday 12 December 2014
And the award for scariest corporate graphics 2014 goes to… MW Solicitors. The firm has recently applied to trademark some new graphics, which it’s using on its homepage.   
Thursday 11 December 2014
‘Tis the season to be jolly and for those of us in the City, the Christ­mas drinks invitations are piling as high as the empty mince pie casings in the bins.
Thursday 11 December 2014
City workers heading for the Tube on Tuesday evening may have received a bemusing surprise – as hundreds of their peers ran past dressed head-to-toe as Little Saint Nick.
Wednesday 10 December 2014
We love a good bar brawl in The Capitalist and Wetherspoons’ Tim Martin has just smashed a metaphorical bottle over Heineken’s head.
Wednesday 10 December 2014
It's barely a year old, but media agency The&Partnership, headed up by adman Johnny Hornby and backed by WPP, enjoyed a stars­tudded, if low-key, Christmas drinks party on Monday night at Mark’s Club in Mayfair.
Tuesday 09 December 2014
Never mind which brands are at the top of Christmas lists, the brands on top of the Christmas complaints list is a more interesting prospect – just ask the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
Monday 08 December 2014
1 He may be a property bigwig now but his childhood ambition was to become a tractor driver or a fireman.
Monday 08 December 2014
Canary Wharf Group may have escaped the lasso of the Qatar Investment Authority and its American side-kick Brookfield Property Partners last week, but that won’t stop its staff wielding their own lassos this December – The Capitalist hears the gro
Friday 05 December 2014
  There was Bond fever at Covent Gar­den last night, as Aston Martin helped to launch the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum – shortly after the details for the new Bond movie Spectre were announced. 
Thursday 04 December 2014
While most of the City had its eyes glued to the Autumn Statement, Icap traders were slightly distracted by the likes of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (ex- Cole, née Tweedy), Prince Harry, Dame Helen Mirren, Simon Cowell and most of the cast of The Onl
Wednesday 03 December 2014
Are you thirsty for tax policies? Comforted by a large cup of hot pension news? Or fizzing over with anticipation for more infrastructure funding? This is the game for you. 
Wednesday 03 December 2014
As the chancellor takes centre stage today to tell us how he plans to move the Treasury’s kitty about in the Autumn Statement, we take a look at some of his best moments over the la
Tuesday 02 December 2014
Usually the most exciting thing you see on the side of Britain’s A roads is a trailer selling strawberries for 50p and the odd squashed badger.
Tuesday 02 December 2014
  If there was anyone sceptical about the triumphant return to the black for CMC Markets and its plans for a £1bn float in the next few months, CEO and founder Peter Cruddas sent them a thinly veiled message on Saturday night. 
Monday 01 December 2014
1 He grew up on a “pick your own fruit farm” where his dad received the Winston Churchill scholarship for entrepreneurialism in farming.
Monday 01 December 2014
If you're going to get help with your new Facebook page, it doesn't get any better than having Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of the social network giving you a hand.
Monday 01 December 2014
Having an office in Mayfair has always been something of a treat; why else would so many of London’s wealth managers set up camp there? Well, now it’s about to get even better.
Friday 28 November 2014
AstraZeneca's titan M&A battle with Pfizer was back on the agenda last night, as it earned legal adviser Freshfields the M&A gong at the British Legal Awards, hosted by Legal Week in Old Billingsgate.
Friday 28 November 2014
 
Thursday 27 November 2014
  Broadgate was filled with the sounds of relieved admiration last night as the crowd at its ice rink launch party watched as performers glided, spun, lifted and swung.   
Wednesday 26 November 2014
She was married to Conrad Black’s step-nephew and gave the red-tops a field day with her divorce. But now New York-based Brit, Vicky Ward, is back in London and launched her second book The Liar’s Ball in Henry Sotheran’s bookshop last night.
Wednesday 26 November 2014
Punters at the UnBound tech conference at London Bridge’s Vinopolis yesterday were no doubt wondering how entrepreneur-cum-internet-freedom-fighter Kim Dotcom would speak at the event at first, given his inability to leave New Zealand.
Tuesday 25 November 2014
The Cotes du Rhone and Riesling were free-flowing at terribly trendy Home House members club last night, but it wasn’t serving its usual crowd.  
Tuesday 25 November 2014
The name of Mishcon de Reya’s Holborn HQ, Summit House, became all the more pertinent last night as the law firm held the second of its “The Leap” events – aimed at encouraging growth businesses to reach their own summit.
Tuesday 25 November 2014
If you've been growing your Mo, or supporting the cause as a Mo Sista this Movember, there’s only one place to be this Friday night – the Movember Gala Parté, in York Hall.
Monday 24 November 2014
There might be some sore heads in the City this morning as F1 fans all over Britain celebrated along with Lewis Hamilton yesterday, having watched him clinch his second drivers’ world championship in Abu Dhabi.
Friday 21 November 2014
Thomas Cook chief executive Harriet Green really wishes she could be a Buddhist.
Friday 21 November 2014
It was a tight squeeze in the Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane yesterday as the Westminster Property Association (WPA) held its annual lunch, with more than 1,000 attendees from the likes of Land Securities, Grosvenor Estate and the Crown Estate.
Thursday 20 November 2014
The cavernous hall of Tate Britain was filled with the chatter of countless City bigwigs last night, as friends and clients of Finsbury headed to Pimlico for the firm’s 20th anniversary party.
Thursday 20 November 2014
Veteran property legend Harvey Soning, chairman of James Andrew International, stood at the entrance of Claridge’s Ballroom last night, shaking the hands of some of the biggest names in the property world who flocked to celebrate the 40th annivers
Thursday 20 November 2014
Big congratulations to the team of 11 cyclists, who tackled a 735-km ride through the Alps back in September in aid of The Sick Children’s Trust.
Wednesday 19 November 2014
As the US’ second oldest financial institution, you might expect 222-year-old State Street to be a bit fusty around the edges.

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