OFFICE leaving parties are a strange phenomenon. Awkward speeches, inappropriate presents, then down to the pub where, after having a few drinks too many, you finally tell your ex-colleagues what you really think of Sam from accounts.
IT IS usually in the summer months that The Capitalist notices an extra layer of flab around the midriff that has accumulated during the year’s parties and dinners.
POLITICAL party funding figures rarely reveal much beyond Labour’s continued reliance on trade union subsidies and the Conservatives’ enduring popularity with successful businessmen.
HOPES that the Hyperloop travel concept could work for Britain are vanishing faster than you can say “Concorde crossed with a rail gun crossed with an air hockey table”.
A NEW Dragon entered the Den on Sunday night as Piers Linney, the co-founder of cloud computing firm Outsourcery, made his first appearance on the long-running BBC Two show.
AFTER more than a year of stock market wobbles, Facebook shares have recently climbed back to their float price of $38, to the great relief of investors and the banks that advised on the May 2012 debut.
SOME of the City’s shiny recycling bins are collecting more than just your well-thumbed copies of City A.M.
LONDON law firms yesterday scoffed at the latest multi-tasking trend from those imaginative folks across the pond – running and working at the same time.
AN INTREPID team of eight novice rowers from City firm Seven Investment Management are setting sail for France tomorrow, in a bid to row 21 miles across the channel.
AS JOB market watchers will recall, HSBC eloquently announced back in April that it would be “demising the roles” of 942 relationship managers as part of wider job cuts.
FORMER Olympic rower Sir Matthew Pinsent was in the City on Tuesday evening, flashing his gold medals and imparting some motivational wisdom to the captains of the 50 teams – from the likes of Pinsent Mason, Everard Insurance, BNY Mellon and Withe
GLORIOUS Goodwood, Royal Ascot, Wimbledon and Henley Royal Regatta have all been and gone, so it was off to the Isle of Wight yesterday, for the last of the City summer sporting jollies.
EARLIER in the year The Capitalist invited readers to send word of any business-related songs they had come across in the workplace.
AS THIS year’s season of the long-running Holland Park Opera comes to an end, any City opera-goers who were in attendance at the summer run might have spotted a familiar face in the audience.
City and rugby stars collided last week at the launch of rugby player-turned-broker-turned-entrepreneur Peter Winterbottom’s new venture, the specialist rugby communications agency Full Contact.
LOYAL readers of this page will remember that not long ago, The Capitalist reported on the not-so-well attended AGM of speciality pharmaceutical firm Plethora, which produces a topical spray for the treatment of – let’s just say – unwanted hasty g
LONDON Mayor and self-styled “chiselled whippet” Boris Johnson started the Ride London 100 cycling race yesterday, with a wave of a Union Jack flag at the Olympic Park in Stratford.
■ The latest fan of American television show Breaking Bad is none other than the sage of Omaha himself Warren Buffett (pictured).
CITY veteran Brian Winterflood – founder of Winterflood Securities – opened trading at the London Stock Exchange (LSE) bright and early yesterday morning.
THE CAPITALIST noticed a few familiar City faces among the list of 30 new peers who were welcomed to the House of Lords yesterday.
■ With only two days to go until the Ride London 100 cycling race, The Capitalist expressed doubt that Mayor Boris Johnson could complete the entire 100 mile route.
■ City gentlemen who are partial to a pair of loud red chinos, take heed. The results of a survey by polling firm YouGov that were released yesterday have revealed that almost half of Britons gave the red trousers a firm “dislike”.
POPSTAR Rihanna yesterday came out tops in her High Court legal battle against Arcadia – the owner of high street retailer Topshop.
LOCAL frequenters of Square Mile watering holes will already be familiar with Madison, the rooftop bar at the One New Change shopping centre.
GREG Tufnell, the former chief executive of children’s store Mothercare – and brother of cricketer Phil Tufnell – has announced his long-awaited return to the retail sector.
THERE are only four days to go until Mayor of London Boris Johnson captains his very own Team Boris in the Ride London 100 race – a 100 mile cycle challenge around London and Surrey.
■ Eighteen-year-old Gabrielle Turnquest yesterday became the youngest person ever to be called to the UK Bar.
AN INFLATABLE sumo suit was the mandatory dresscode in Battersea Park at the weekend, as 150 runners from the likes of newly rebranded professional services firm EY sprinted – and wobbled – in costume around Battersea Park.
I AM (a former) Lion, hear me roar was the shout yesterday as it was announced that ex-England and Lions rugby star Tim Rodber had been appointed the new chief executive of property outsourcing firm Instant.
■ Before he starts for England in the third Ashes test on Thursday, England spinner Graeme Swann (pictured) was spotted dabbling in a game of poker at the Ritz in Mayfair last week.
BOOKMAKER William Hill has cashed in on the arrival of Prince George of Cambridge, raking in £400,000 from Royal baby name bets.
■ While many City fitties were pounding the streets of the capital for the London Triathlon this weekend, a smaller group donned trainers and Speedos for a less competitive race.
THE SERIOUS Fraud Office has had its hands full in the last year. From Libor to ENRC to GSK, a dizzying array of acronyms has built up in its in-tray.
BALLET, contemporary, Irish and African dance and jazz performers have added a touch of glee to the gangways of Canary Wharf this week.
Alas, the Royal baby was not named Prince Boris.
Professional bean-counting company PwC has appointed its youngest partner of 2013 this week. Thirty-one-year-old technology whizz Umang Paw (pictured) has been hired to head up the firm’s information governance and e-disclosure business.
REGULAR readers of this page will remember that lucky Clifford Chance associate Lukas Hirst won a City A.M. prize draw earlier this year, and bagged a luxury holiday for two in Antigua.
BANK of England governor Mark Carney finally unveiled the “concept” for the new £10 note yesterday, which will feature author Jane Austen.
AS THE world’s eyes were fixed on a hospital in Paddington yesterday, how did the City celebrate the birth of the new Royal baby?
The Capitalist asked yesterday, who were the fastest grinders in all the Square Mile.
IT WAS all change for the former Bank of England governor yesterday. Not only did the former Sir Mervyn become Lord King of Lothbury, after being officially introduced in the House of Lords, he also accepted a new job over the pond in America.
PANMURE Gordon has said goodbye to the well-known retail analyst Philip Dorgan, after making him redundant last week.
Can you grind faster than the rest of the Square Mile? The Capitalist is, of course, talking about the physically demanding process of reeling in the sheets when hoisting the sail on a yacht.
VINCENT Tchenguiz, the property tycoon wrapped up in a legal battle with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has had one piece of good news of late – the mogul has sold his Mayfair home for almost £17m.
SWISS dental heir Thomas Straumann might have been feeling some pangs of nostalgia this weekend, as Aston Martin was showing off 550 of its finest motors at Kensington Palace Gardens, to celebrate turning 100.