THERE ARE no shortages of Manchester United fans in the Square Mile. Dairy Crest chairman Anthony Fry, former BBC director general Greg Dyke and Goldman Sachs Asset Management chairman Jim O'Neill are all proud supporters.
“WE’RE HOSTING some Maasai Elders on 14 May, if you’re interested in coming to see them?” is not the typical invitation that The Capitalist is used to receiving from City law firms.
THERE was a frisson of excitement among the research analysts covering outsourcing group Quindell Portfolio yesterday as David Toms from Numis was turned back from the company’s results presentation at the offices of its public relations adviser.
THERE are two City boys taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge this December.
THE NINTH series of The Apprentice returns to TV screens this evening, and once again 16 contestants will compete over 12 weeks for the chance to become Lord Sugar’s protege – or, more to the point, bag the £250,000 investment money.
ANYBODY who enjoys a biscuit with their mid-morning coffee will be cheesed off over news that the government is drafting a pledge to reduce our saturated fat intake – by making the size of each biscuit smaller.
ASSET manager Investec is already welcoming the summer sports season with open arms.
TO THE Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand last night for a black tie dinner to inaugurate the very first Wealth Briefing European Awards.
READERS will remember that The Capitalist reported news back in January of famous physicist professor Stephen Hawking becoming the unlikely star of a Go Compare TV advert.
GYM BUNNIES around the Square Mile might be more used to air-conditioning and the latest equipment when it comes to working out. However, a new fitness fad is turning our City boys to men – although they might prefer the term “warrior”.
MORGAN Stanley employees have had a whip-round and come up with £1.6m to fund the purchase of the Morgan Stanley Heart Yard.
THERE’S no party quite like a Terry Smith party, or so guests at the Tullett Prebon boss’s upcoming 60th birthday bash will be hoping.
The chief executive of broker Tullett Prebon is known as a bold character around the Square Mile.
THE SQUARE Mile isn’t always associated with creative flair. However, that isn’t to say there aren’t any artistically-inclined among us.
FANCY a bit of pseudo Sumo sporting activity this summer? The suits may be inflatable as opposed to the real thing, but wrestling fans ought to get their fix of feisty fun running at the Battersea Park 5k on 28 July.
THE ANNUAL Hacks v Flaks football and netball games, held at the Bank of England sports grounds, are always a hot ticket, but this year spectators were distracted by a cameo appearance from Homeland actor Damian Lewis.
ANOTHER day and another unfortunate Libor mess for Barclays spinners to weave their way out of.
EVEN the most professional and senior among us in the Square Mile have had the odd embarrassing moment at work – sending an email to the addresss of the person you were composing a rant of complaint about? Sure.
OUTGOING governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King had no sooner finished unveiling the new Churchill banknote, before turning his attention to his other role as president of charity campaign Chance to Shine.
PASTY enthusiasts have the pie-fect excuse to stay in tonight, as a documentary about high street bakery chain Greggs will be airing on Sky One.
FORMER Manchester United footballer Gary Neville found himself being gently grilled when he joined other sports stars for a breakfast hosted by hospitality group Club Wembley on Friday.
FANCY grabbing a drink with Apple boss Tim Cook? Better start saving your small change now.
AT 26.2 MILES events like the London marathon are certainly bound to work up a sweat.
THE CITY of London Corporation welcomed 25 newly-elected members yesterday at the Court of Common Council in the 15th-century Guildhall.
THERE WAS mass exodus from the Square Mile last night, as fund managers, brokers and advisers donned black ties and headed to the home of Bafta in Piccadilly for the first ever Small Cap Awards.
NOTHING like a group of City boys pitted against an American boyband to inspire an outpouring of competitive spirit in their orders, or so it would seem if the latest bill sent to The Capitalist is anything to go by.
MOST of us in the Square Mile are used to writing cheques for charity, and queueing up for our morning mochas, but over at investment bank Liberum Capital, the charitable-minded have combined the two tasks to give more than just cash.
THEY say never work with children or animals, but there were some unexpected feathered friends on hand for the bell-ringing when Seaworld floated on the New York Stock Exchange at the end of last week.
AS job market watchers will know, HSBC announced yesterday it would be “demising the roles” of 942 relationship managers as part of wider job cuts that “may result in a net reduction of 1,149 roles in total”.
THE CHAMPAGNE was on tap last night, as entrepreneurs and City stars gathered in the Claridge’s ballroom to toast winners of Veuve Clicquot’s Business Woman award and New Generation gong for female entrepreneurial talent.
BROKER Panmure Gordon has been singing the praises of portable hotel company Snoozebox since it floated last year.
WALL Street titan Thomas Anthony Guerriero has been named as the new director and president of local football club Oxford City.
THE FINAL of this year’s national Young Enterprise competition has been won by a London team from Bishopshalt School.
MAKER of supermarket cheddar Dairy Crest has adopted the mature approach, quite literally, in finding a solution to the hole in the group’s pension fund for retired cheesemongers.
LADIES in emerald dresses and gentlemen in green ties was the unofficial dress code at the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday.
Both British and Irish flags were flying high as the Stock Exchange hosted its first ever Ireland Day.
“A MOVING, almost overwhelming day” was the sentiment given by chancellor George Osborne yesterday afternoon, having reflected on the day that saw the City, and the world, give a dignified send-off to Lady Thatcher.
LONDON plumbing firm Pimlico Plumbers paid a moving tribute – literally – to Baroness Thatcher yesterday by repainting the signage on its fleet of blue vans.
BARONESS Thatcher's death certificate describes her profession as “stateswoman (retired)” – drawing a final comparison between the Iron Lady and Sir Winston Churchill, who was named as a statesman on his 1965 record of death.
WHITE collar boxing will have a distinctly black tie edge to bouts at the Grange Hotel on Thursday evening.
The Capitalist is often emailed with tales of City strife. But this latest jaw-dropping revelation is on the more niche end of the spectrum.
FORMER PwC beancounter, Citi trader and more importantly winner of City A.M.’s very own City Fittie talent search Josh Lewsey has now left the Square Mile.
The Capitalist hears that fuel cell energy company AFC energy hosted its AGM at an unusual sporting location on Friday – the home of Chelsea Football Club at Stamford Bridge.
And why would the Surrey-based firm chose the SW6 location?
GREAT Ormond Street Hospital patients training for the upcoming Royal Bank of Canada Race for the Kids got a helping hand from the Saracens players last week, when the team put on a special training day for the young children at Woollam Playing Fi
TODAY the Ward of Cheap Club will mark its 150th anniversary by splashing out on a new stained glass window at the official church of the Lord Mayor, St Lawrence Jewry.
OUTGOING WH Smith chief executive Kate Swann was showered with praise yesterday as she delivered the group’s best half-year profits for a decade.
A PARTY of Mayfair hedgies were in a celebratory mood on Wednesday, running up a tab of £3,330 at Le Salon de Champagne in The Arch – the hotel opposite pop singer Madonna’s London pad.
CALL Clegg was back on air this week, and the deputy prime minister was doing no favours for the street cred of retailer M&S by describing himself as a “major devotee” of the brand’s clothing.
COULD Margaret Thatcher be about to join the illustrious ranks of John Lennon, George Best and Robin Hood by having an airport named in her honour?
CONSTRUCTION work on Bloomberg’s new office block off Cannon Street has uncovered archeological finds described as the “Pompeii of the north” by experts.
BANK of England employees spend their worktime playing online games, planning trips to expensive shops and working out how to buy gold, according to data obtained by The Capitalist.
AS MONDAY night’s mob of trouble-seekers swarmed in Brixton to make their anti-Maggie feelings known, some were struck by the novel idea of rearranging letters on the Ritzy cinema to spell out the statement: “Margaret Thatcher’s dead.”