The Capitalist

Friday 02 May 2014
JOHN Lewis’ flagship shop on Oxford Street transformed itself from a department store into a period drama last night for the launch of a new exhibition celebrating its 150th anniversary.
Friday 02 May 2014
THERE were a few in the City starting to wonder whether or not Shore Capital’s wine tasting do was going to happen at all this year.
Friday 02 May 2014
FORGET Willy Wonka’s golden ticket, Easter’s over and we’re sick to death of sweets – there’s a new golden ticket in town: TUMI’s golden suitcases.
Friday 02 May 2014
DURING a quiet moment at the Lloyd’s of London insurance market yesterday, former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss (L) gave some cricket tips to Mark Stephenson (M) and Sean Rocks (R) from Liberty Specialty Insurance.
Thursday 01 May 2014
IT’S MAY Day, which only means one thing - protests at Trafalgar Square. City botherers Occupy London have been banging their drums again and this year they’ve decided to target pay-day lender Wonga.
Thursday 01 May 2014
BATTERSEA Power Station might be more synonymous with Pink Floyd than their contemporary Elton John, but it was the Rocket Man himself who shook the station’s four pillars last night as celebrities, London’s property heavies and potential resident
Thursday 01 May 2014
ANYONE walking through Camden, on any given day, should expect to see weird and wonderful things but people strolling along its canal yesterday morning would have got an eye-full – of toys. Giant ones. Staging a princess rescue. Natch.
Wednesday 30 April 2014
ANYONE who had any doubt as to whether nominative determinism was still alive and well at Barclays, in the wake of the departed Bob Diamond and Rich Ricci, can rest assured – it’s alive and kicking.
Wednesday 30 April 2014
THE CITY rubbed shoulders with celeb-land last night at the launch of Jason Atherton’s latest foodie-den, City Social, at Tower 42.
Wednesday 30 April 2014
NEVER one abandon to his people to a morning of queueing at bus stops and squeezing, sardine-like, into Tube stations alone, Boris Johnson trooped down to London Bridge yesterday to support strike-stricken commuters.
Wednesday 30 April 2014
ANYONE browsing through the candidates list for the position of councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea this week might be surprised to find Saker Nusseibeh, chief executive of Hermes Fund Managers, running as a Labour candidate
Tuesday 29 April 2014
THERE was cause for celebration (and positive headlines, at last) for Barclays on Friday when its retail and business banking chief executive Curt Hess picked up the Corporate Straight Ally of the Year award at the Out in the City and G3 Magazine
Tuesday 29 April 2014
THERE are plenty of Londoners hoping that TfL could still cut a deal with union leaders and halt the current Tube strikes, but Gatwick’s ad men might well be crossing their fingers more tightly than most.
Monday 28 April 2014
SHOULD being the chief exec of electronic giant Dixons ever fail Sebastian James, the retail boss has some incredibly enterprising progeny to step in and support him.
Monday 28 April 2014
IT’S HARD to imagine banking staff wondering if they can afford to splash out on a plain bagel from Sainsbury’s, but that could well be the experience of 43 Deutsche Bank employees this week as they try to live on £1 per day for five days.
Monday 28 April 2014
CEO of the Management Consultancies Association Alan Leaman
Monday 28 April 2014
SOME of the staff at venture capital firm MMC Ventures might still be nursing a few sore limbs this morning. A group of five of them took part in dirt-fest challenge Tough Mudder on Saturday – raising £1,827 for ballet charity I Can Dance.
Friday 25 April 2014
THERE’S hardly a firm in the City that doesn’t know what it’s like to make cuts and when Balfour Beatty was faced with making 20 per cent reductions, it turned to management consultancy Boxwood to help.
Friday 25 April 2014
HAVE you heard the mysterious tale of Geoffrey the missing goldfish?
Friday 25 April 2014
POLO season kicks off next month but it came a tad early last night at the Chestertons Polo in the Park launch event at the Mandarin Oriental.
Thursday 24 April 2014
ANYONE wondering if ex-Oriel chief David Knox’s new company name Lazarus refers to his own triumphant return to the City can think again, the former Cazenove bigwig (who lasted only six months at the helm of Oriel) told The Capitalist it’s more ab
Thursday 24 April 2014
WHEN Nick Clegg showed up to KPMG for the launch of Cityfathers yesterday, he presumably hoped he’d escape difficult questions.
Thursday 24 April 2014
HOMELAND fans passing the Guildhall yesterday were in for a treat – actor Damian Lewis had stopped by to read a handful of Shakespeare’s sonnets in celebration of the bard’s 450th birthday.
Wednesday 23 April 2014
WHOEVER said banks were too macho? Goldman Sachs revealed some preference for the trend of flavoured beers in its US alcohol outlook this week, claiming that flavourisation is helping beer to stay relevant with the current consumers.
Wednesday 23 April 2014
HAVE you been prepping for your St George’s Day celebrations? It’s 23 April today, so surely you’ve had this evening planned for weeks?
Wednesday 23 April 2014
IT WOULD appear David Moyes wasn’t the only person asked to leave Old Trafford yesterday, as Ladbrokes’ spin doctor Alex Donohue also had to do the walk of shame away from the Man Utd grounds.
Tuesday 22 April 2014
ANYONE mourning the demise of Sea Containers House’s famous golden balls and wondering where they are can rest assured; their whereabouts have been pinpointed (well, one of them, at least).
Tuesday 22 April 2014
THE LONDON marathon may be melting into a distant, Deep Heat-tinged memory but one City worker’s marathon challenge is anything but over.
Thursday 17 April 2014
IT’S THE video they wish we’d never seen. Five top City names took part in a fundraising video for the Young Vic theatre which sees them rip open their shirts and sing at the top of their voices.
Wednesday 16 April 2014
TRIBUTES have been flooding in following the news yesterday of branding legend Wally Olins’ passing on Monday.
Wednesday 16 April 2014
PUNDITS watching to see if Boris Johnson will try to return to parliament and run in the next election might be pricking their ears at the news from the Two Cities Conservative fundraiser.
Tuesday 15 April 2014
WE ALL know Land Rover is an all terrain vehicle, but now the car-maker is taking things one giant leap further by becoming Virgin Galactic’s first official partner.
Tuesday 15 April 2014
WEALTH management firm Saunderson House managed to bag the best seat in the hall last night at the Lord Mayor’s Fund Shakespeare charity dinner in Middle Temple Hall.
Monday 14 April 2014
THERE’S a manhunt afoot following Southeastern’s revelation that a senior City executive, thought to be a hedgie, had racked up a record breaking £43,000 in dodged fares over the past five years and had to pay out a £42,550 penalty plus £450 in le
Monday 14 April 2014
THE SUN was cracking the flags yesterday as an estimated 36,000 people took part in the London Marathon.
Monday 14 April 2014
CFA Institute, managing director for EMEA Nitin Mehta
Friday 11 April 2014
WITH May fast approaching you might think festive parties are a distant, mulled wine-filled memory but not for Winterflood Securities, which held its annual and undeniably epic Christmas party last night.
Friday 11 April 2014
ANY ENGLISH rugby fans passing through 10 Paternoster Square yesterday might have got the hump for a moment.
Thursday 10 April 2014
One of London’s stalwart tech names Moonfruit was in a celebratory mood last night, the company enjoying its 15th birthday in Shoreditch’s Boxpark.
Thursday 10 April 2014
EXPORTS might be at a three-and-a-half-year low according to the Office for National Statistics, but no one could accuse British businesses of not having imagination when it comes to their exporting exploits.
Thursday 10 April 2014
KING may be in its post-IPO quiet period but the games-maker made a pretty loud statement in Canary Wharf yesterday.
Wednesday 09 April 2014
SO, DIAMOND Bob has snaffled one of his old colleagues from Barclays, John Vitalo, to head up his new African bank buying venture, Atlas Mara. What does it all mean?
Wednesday 09 April 2014
IF YOU fancy getting your hands on a piece of British business history we might have just the ticket. The Capitalist has caught wind that the late and controversial billionaire Tiny Rowland’s Bentley is up for sale...and it’s on Autotrader.
Wednesday 09 April 2014
PLAYING golf is pretty fun. But playing golf with one of your sportstar heros is even better – as one lucky City A.M. reader found out last week.
Tuesday 08 April 2014
“I LEFT my glasses in the taxi on the way here,” said Sanlam Private Investors’ UK boss Craig Massey, as he stepped towards the autocue at the International Opera Awards (which his company sponsors) last night.
Tuesday 08 April 2014
EVERYONE loves a selfie and City A.M. readers are no different. These three are the lucky winners of our competition with Eat, each winning a week of free breakfasts.
Tuesday 08 April 2014
GRANT Shapps raised a few more eyebrows yesterday – and not by retweeting his controversial beer and bingo message.
Monday 07 April 2014
CHESS and boxing aren’t exactly the closest of bedfellows, but having both brains and brawn isn’t always as rare as popular culture would have us believe.
Monday 07 April 2014
POLICE in Sheffield yesterday set up roadblocks to stop 5,000 disgruntled runners from competing in the city’s half marathon after the event was cancelled at the last minute due to insufficient water supplies.

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