The Capitalist

Monday 04 November 2013
London’s 2012 Olympic games  and the sporting success enjoyed by the likes of Andy Murray and Mo Farah this summer may have recaptured the nation’s enthusiasm for sport. However acting on it is a different matter.
Michael Flatley (centre) celebrating with Niamh Flatley and Eamonn Holmes
Friday 01 November 2013
THE BEST of London’s Irish business community gathered at the Dorchester last night for the Irish Post’s inaugural Business Gala Dinner & Awards – honouring four very special businessmen and women, and celebrating the vibrancy and success of I
Friday 01 November 2013
AFTER the success of last year’s inaugural City Mo Bro competition, The Capitalist is once again calling on all hirsute Londoners to show us their best ‘taches for Movember – with the finest fuzzy upper lips in with a chance of winning a grooming
Thursday 31 October 2013
LONDONERS face another fare rise announcement this month – but Conservative assembly members at City Hall reckon they can cut fares and improve your commute.
Tessa Munt is starting a condiment campaign to ensure Brits have jam tomorrow
Thursday 31 October 2013
LIBERAL Democrat MP Tessa Munt is trying to squash rules that would allow jam producers to drop sugar content of fruit spreads to a measly 50 per cent.
Thursday 31 October 2013
■ Maybe it was his inability to stop the world’s biggest economy from swerving dangerously close to default; perhaps it was prompted by a poll from NBC News showing all-time low approval ratings.
Wednesday 30 October 2013
FAST-GROWING cryptocurrency Bitcoin has been described as a fad used notably by those indulging in illicit endeavours.
Wednesday 30 October 2013
AFTER something of a nightmare hosting several dozen sceptical hacks for a briefing on High Speed 2, the Department for Transport had an event to look forward to yesterday afternoon: a Halloween-themed team building exercise.
Wednesday 30 October 2013
Archaeologists have hailed a Roman sculpture uncovered in the City of London as one of the finest of the era.
Tuesday 29 October 2013
READERS that chose to stay at home rather than face the chaos that was the St Jude storm yesterday were in excellent company.
CONGRATULATIONS to City A.M. reader Nina Epstein from DTZ who won a piece of art
Tuesday 29 October 2013
CONGRATULATIONS to City A.M. reader Nina Epstein from DTZ who won a piece of art, to the value of £1,000, courtesy of Towry. Nina (pictured above with her prize) chose her picture from The National Open Art Exhibition.
Built Environment winner Vanessa Brady (near left) with Sarah Davis, chair of WIBSE
Monday 28 October 2013
THE Capitalist never needs an excuse to celebrate the brightest female minds that contribute to London’s thriving business sector, but one was nonetheless provided last Thursday at the Women in the City’s Woman of Achievement award.
Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney, Ian Hyland of Ireland INC and Gary McGann, CEO, Smurfit Kappa
Friday 25 October 2013
CITY slickers rubbed shoulders with celebrities yesterday lunchtime at the inaugural London Irish Business Awards ceremony, held at the London Stock Exchange.
Is this the world’s most expensive desk Bricking it Lego men are taking over the world
Friday 25 October 2013
MOST employees have to make do with a swivelly chair and a corporate mousemat to make them feel at home at work, but one Mayfair office has taken office furniture to the extreme by installing a £40,000 desk.
Friday 25 October 2013
THE little figures created by Danish toy company Lego are a rapidly exploding population – and according to webcomic XKCD are now on track to outnumber humans by 2019.
Thursday 24 October 2013
IT’S OFFICIAL. BlackBerry, once the giant of the smartphone world and the nemesis of every holidaying chief executive, is now little more than an app developer – albeit a very successful one.
“The Grizz” Maurice Taylor says French workers take 3 hour lunches
Thursday 24 October 2013
Eight months is a long time in business it seems.
Thursday 24 October 2013
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A worker clearing up the New York spill
Wednesday 23 October 2013
MYTHS may have it that the streets of London are paved with gold, but the pavements in Midtown Manhattan were coated with something almost as lucrative yesterday after a truck spilled around 200 gallons of oil during the morning rush hour.
Wednesday 23 October 2013
WITH UK firms like King choosing the US market to list, and Sir Richard Branson leaving the rainy British weather to take up residency on Necker Island, it’s refreshing to see a native Californian heading in the opposite direction.
Same-day delivery company CitySprint gave the huskies a trial-run yesterday morning
Tuesday 22 October 2013
THE POST-IPO spike in Royal Mail’s share price may have the newly-floated company feeling bullish, yet it must now beware an unexpected pack of four-legged competitors approaching its turf.
Tuesday 22 October 2013
He has long had the nickname “Goldenballs”, and has certainly pulled together a pound or two with his legendary footballing (and marketing) prowess. Now David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE is being granted yet another shot at money-making.
Banquet menu designed by Albert and Michel Roux Jr, (pictured) of Le Gavroche
Monday 21 October 2013
ALMOST 400 guests flocked to the Guildhall on Friday for the third Square Mile Salute banquet, hosted by Michelin-starred chefs Albert and Michel Roux Jr.
O’Sullivan aired his opinions on Twitter
Friday 18 October 2013
DESPITE widespread scepticism around George Osborne’s Help to Buy scheme, the chancellor could be forgiven for not expecting his most recent critic’s comments.
Friday 18 October 2013
ANYONE lucky enough to find themselves in Miami next month, with the requisite $2,310 (£1,430) will be able to meet a famous reformed con-man at the Private Banking Latin America conference.
Friday 18 October 2013
While Mayor of London Boris Johnson is away on an official visit to China, the Greater London Authority (GLA) is still hard at work.
Thursday 17 October 2013
THE GLOBAL financial system is mired in unsustainable debt but it is the ever rising cost of energy in particular that we should be worrying about, according to Tim “Terrifying” Morgan.
RUGBY STARS
Thursday 17 October 2013
ENGLAND Rugby head coach Stuart Lancaster and backs coach Andy Farrell took to the Lloyd’s of London underwriting floor yesterday to announce the official QBE Internationals England squad in the shadow of the famous Lutine Bell.
All-weather cycling
Thursday 17 October 2013
Saxo Bank hadn’t planned on the autumn rain when it arranged for its top clients to ride the 2012 Olympic route in Box Hill this week.
Thursday 17 October 2013
Newspapers, cigarettes, maybe a bit of booze – and a new bank account, please. That’s right, French tobacconists are taking on traditional lenders by offering a new line of current accounts.
(L-R) William Cash of Spear’s, Katie Ratner from Cantor Fitzgerald, Sir Toby Clarke and Alter Domus director Anna Coutts Donald
Wednesday 16 October 2013
THE BEST rebrands tend to seem obvious in hindsight. And serving grouse and wine to a room full of wealth managers was always likely to go down well.
Winner Eleanor Catton, who is 28
Wednesday 16 October 2013
ELEANOR Catton snapped up the Man Booker prize last night for her second novel, the Luminaries.
Tuesday 15 October 2013
THE Hollywood hit rate for films about business is surprisingly good, with flicks like the Oscar-winning Social Network and 1980s shoulder-pad classic Wall Street all proving good popcorn fodder.
Tuesday 15 October 2013
SECURITY experts at Blackstone Consultancy have analysed the City’s top venues to find the best spots for those wanting to host clandestine meetings with potential employers, recruitment consultants, or with other parties that value discretion.
Tuesday 15 October 2013
On 5 December the NSPCC hosts its flagship City fundraising event, the Great British Chefs’ Dinner. The event is being held at Banqueting House and will raise funds for the charity’s groundbreaking ChildLine Schools Service.
Monday 14 October 2013
GONE are the days, it seems, when young boys and girls dreamed vaguely of becoming a policeman or ballerina.
Helena Morrissey (far left) at the launch of Speakers for Schools Week
Monday 14 October 2013
SOME OF the City’s most formidable bosses have signed up to offer careers advice in state schools across the country this week, joining the Eton-educated PM David Cameron, Westminster School’s Nick Clegg and shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper in
Monday 14 October 2013
Gordon Tullock is one of the most deserving economists never to win the Nobel, and he remains a longshot for this year’s prize, announced today. Yet it would be appropriate timing.
Noodles wants an end to “dog whistle politcs”
Friday 11 October 2013
THE HOUSE of Commons has seen some important votes this year – but none have been more fiercely contested than yesterday’s Westminster Dog of the Year competition.
Friday 11 October 2013
WH SMITH’S reputation has been left slightly the worse for wear after criticism over the shabby state of its carpets.
Thursday 10 October 2013
ALL aboard the ever-changing payroll at the Department for Transport. The department yesterday announced the roles of Baroness Kramer and Robert Goodwill, who joined the office as part of this week’s government reshuffle.
Thursday 10 October 2013
CONSUMERS need a stronger voice, according to the government, and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is being set up to fight their corner.
MORE HORSES THAN YOU CAN SHEIKH A STICK
Thursday 10 October 2013
WHAT does the man who owns one of the world’s most sought-after racehorses buy next? The horse’s sister, naturally.
A duffin, yesterday
Wednesday 09 October 2013
CAKE wars have broken out in the Square Mile after everyone’s favourite mermaid-logoed coffee chain Starbucks launched an ingenious new tasty treat – mashing up a muffin and a doughnut to create something called a “duffin”.
Wednesday 09 October 2013
WITH Vince Cable delivering the keynote speech, guests at TheCityUK’s annual dinner last night may have been hoping the business secretary would provide the inside track on how the much-anticipated sell-off of Royal Mail was going.
Lambert froze out the opposition
Tuesday 08 October 2013
HEARD about the apocryphal salesman who flogged coal to Newcastle? Well it seems James Lambert has gone one better by managing to infiltrate the notoriously nationalistic Italian marketplace with his ice creams.
Tuesday 08 October 2013
WHILE Bank of England governor Mark Carney faces problems convincing markets to accept his forward guidance scheme, new historical evidence suggests he may be getting off lightly.
FOOTBALL COMES TO THE PALACE
Tuesday 08 October 2013
THE first ever official football match in the grounds of Buckingham Palace took place yesterday, to mark the Football Association’s 150th anniversary.
Tuesday 08 October 2013
To celebrate its 180th anniversary, luxury watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre is holding an exhibition of its new collection – and selected highlights from its watchmaking past – at Watches of Switzerland in the Royal Exchange.
Christian Meissner was a grateful award winner
Monday 07 October 2013
They’re back. The banker jokes were flowing as freely as the champagne at the Banker awards where some of the City’s brightest investment bankers gathered to pat themselves on the back and collect awards.

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