Spread betting firm Spreadex hosted its annual golf day last week, and The Capitalist hears that it ended up being a knockout event in more ways than one.
TO VILLANDRY on Great Portland Street, to hear about Great Ormond Street Hospital’s £85m appeal for a children’s rare disease research centre, where former PM Tony Blair was the unannounced guest speaker.
ANY BANKING and capital markets associates looking for a change of career last week might have spotted a typo-filled advert for a qualified solicitor, posted online by law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.
IF TIME is money, entrepreneur Mark Strachan is making the most of wasted travelling hours, with a plan to make money from commuting Blackberry addicts.
THE LATEST big name to receive the Freedom of the City of London is crooner Sir Bob Geldof. The 61-year-old singer was at the Guildhall yesterday picking up his framed parchment certificate.
Boss of City PR outfit RLM Finsbury Roland Rudd has been promoting a non-financial cause, his charity Legacy10.
IT SEEMS that things are going from bad to worse for postal giant the Royal Mail.
The old saying that sex sells, is apparently not the case for the gentlemen in the City of London.
THE “FASTEST man in the City” Andrew Greenleaf – a consultant at financial services firm Capco – who came 45th in the London Marathon has upped his athletic game, competing for Team GB in the World Triathlon Grand Final yesterday.
A SKILL for judging downhill slopes could prove quite useful for an equities analyst. So it’s with much respect that The Capitalist reveals that a resident of Threadneedle Street is a world champion street luger.
LORD Mayor of the City of London Roger Gifford and Lady Mayoress, Dr Clare Gifford paid a visit to the London Silver Vaults this week to mark the 60th anniversary of the world’s largest collection of antique silver for sale – right in the heart of
IT SOUNDS like the start of a bad joke – the Duke of Cambridge, Cherie Blair and Jimmy Carr walk onto a City trading floor. But the heady mix of household royals and comedians at BGC Group yesterday were there to raise millions for charity.
THE BANK of England has done a superb job of protecting sterling since governor Mark Carney took over in July, albeit somewhat inadvertently.
FRESH from being roasted lobster red on a Cornwall beach, PM David Cameron made his next big fashion statement yesterday by donning a pair of glasses.
BT chief executive Ian Livingston served his last day at the telecoms giant yesterday, though he won’t be hanging up on the company just yet.
THE GHOST of retail bankers past inspired the decision to resurrect the TSB brand name out of the huge variety of old high street brands which have been subsumed into the Lloyds Banking Group, its new boss revealed yesterday.
AMID all of George Osborne’s talk yesterday of “turning a corner” and “sustainable recovery”, the chancellor’s audience seized on the word “cut” – specifically Osborne’s own dodgy chop.
THERE ARE some in the City who would probably prefer not to relive the crash, but for those that do, a pair of financiers have taken to Twitter to track the banking crisis as it unfolded exactly five years ago.
THE ARCHITECT responsible for the Walkie Scorchie skyscraper – previously known as 20 Fenchurch Street – has finally broken cover and admitted that his building has a few issues with reflecting light.
BORIS Johnson is rolling up his sleeves and donning his chef’s hat this week to try and give London’s schoolchildren a decent breakfast.
INTERNET giant Google may have called the next version of its mobile operating system Android KitKat, but grape-growers in France don’t seem too keen for Apple to name the new iPhone model after Champagne, as it has apparently planned.
GET YOUR orders in for Prince George memorabilia. The Royal Mint announced the creation of the first-ever £20 coin yesterday, and the new silver piece of bling is a limited edition featuring the “St George and the Dragon.”
Two former Merrill Lynch corporate financiers – Mervyn Metcalf and Graeme Atkinson – who flew the corporate nest last year to found the trendy Soho-based Dean Street Advisers, have now poached one of their mutual former colleagues from boutique fi
BANKING giant Barclays published a rather bullish announcement yesterday, when it released a statement on its latest rights issue.
TO THE green fairways of Sunningdale golf club in Berkshire yesterday, for the 16th annual Tullow Oil golf day, which raises money for charity Clic Sargent.
It was battle of the music firms yesterday, as the Ministry of Sound announced it was starting legal proceedings in the High Court against streaming music firm Spotify.
NOT ONLY did Vodafone secure a massive £54bn windfall for its shareholders this week – after agreeing a record-breaking deal with American telecoms group Verizon – but The Capitalist hears it also left a spot of temporary office destruction in its
TO THE Royal Opera House in Covent Garden last night for the 16th annual GQ Men of the Year Awards in association with Hugo Boss.
There was some lively banter in City spinners Maitlands’ Upper St Martin’s Lane offices yesterday, where payday loan company Wonga was presenting its results.
ONLINE dating website eHarmony has become an enthusiastic advocate for legal partnerships, with a blog post listing a whole “15 Reasons to Date a Lawyer.”
THE CITY was unusually busy on Sunday as spectators lined the banks of the Thames to wave goodbye to the yachts competing in the Clipper Round the World Race.
A few corks, or bottle tops, will be popping at supermarket Asda over the news that the chain’s own-brand Extra Special Golden Ale (pictured) is all the rage in Japan.
A DIETING challenge in Dubai has proved to be worth its weight in gold – quite literally – this weekend.
A HOT dog and pizza were order of the day at UKForex’s annual charity trading event this year.
Bank of England governor Mark Carney impressed conference delegates in Nottingham on Wednesday with his regional knowledge. The Bank boss earned major cool points by dropping the name of local-born singer-songwriter Jake Bugg into his speech.
NAT ROTHSCHILD may have been eschewing the use of private jets as his preferred mode of transport recently and choosing EasyJet, but not all City high-flyers are travelling on a budget just yet.
THE EXODUS from M Communications, the top flight financial public relations agency founded by City veterans Nick Miles (pictured) and Hugh Morrison has finally come to a grinding halt, as the firm, for all intents and purposes, has now ceased trad
REGULAR readers may recall that The Capitalist reported earlier in the summer on former Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation board member Ken Olisa trademarking “More Soviet than City” – the memorable phrase he used when parting ways with the mi
City workers are finding themselves lured to work for firms with unusual office perks, such as in-house bowling lanes, bars and slides, according to a survey by City recruitment firm Empiric.
BANK of England governor Mark Carney impressed delegates with his regional knowledge – and earned some major cool points – in his Nottingham speech yesterday, dropping the name of local-born singer-songwriter Jake Bugg in a somewhat laboured link
PROPERTY tycoon Christian Candy, one of London’s best known residential developers, is turning an office building in Knightsbridge into a supersized residential home.
Wealth management firm Vestra hosted the unofficial Square Mile sports day last night, holding its second annual dodgeball tournament at the Honourable Artillery Company’s sports ground in Moorgate.
EARLIER in the year The Capitalist invited readers to send word of any business-related songs they had come across in the workplace.
WORDSMITHS in the Square Mile will be pleased today, as Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced the latest additions to its online dictionaries.
A PUBLIC relations stunt on The Thames went awry last week, riverside City spies tell The Capitalist.
IT appears Bank of England governor’s wife Diana Carney has more in common with Samantha Cameron than marriage to a high-powered leader in Britain, judging by her latest blog.
Managing director of Investec bank Bernard Kantor joined in the Ashes celebrations – pictured here with the winning England team at the Oval.
Pork processor Cranswick held a lunch for private client brokers last week and The Capitalist hears that finance director Mark Bottomley was trotting out the sausage trivia in abundance.
THE CAPITALIST is raising a glass to the news that online wine merchant Naked Wines has announced a third round investment of $10m, to help it start popping more corks in the US and Australia.