The Capitalist

Thursday 05 September 2013
BANKING giant Barclays published a rather bullish announcement yesterday, when it released a statement on its latest rights issue.
Thursday 05 September 2013
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.
Thursday 05 September 2013
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.
Wednesday 04 September 2013
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
Wednesday 04 September 2013
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.
Wednesday 04 September 2013
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.
Tuesday 03 September 2013
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.”
Tuesday 03 September 2013
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.
Tuesday 03 September 2013
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.
Monday 02 September 2013
A DIETING challenge in Dubai has proved to be worth its weight in gold – quite literally – this weekend.
Monday 02 September 2013
A HOT dog and pizza were order of the day at UKForex’s annual charity trading event this year.
Monday 02 September 2013
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.
DJ David Guetta at Pacha in Ibiza
Friday 30 August 2013
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.
Nick Miles
Friday 30 August 2013
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
Sam Forman – a banker at Ken Olisa’s merchant bank Restoration Partners
Friday 30 August 2013
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
Friday 30 August 2013
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.
Thursday 29 August 2013
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
Rutland Gardens in Knightsbridge has planning permission to be converted into a home
Thursday 29 August 2013
PROPERTY tycoon Christian Candy, one of London’s best known residential developers, is turning an office building in Knightsbridge into a supersized residential home.
Thursday 29 August 2013
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.
Musician and economist Tim Sentance
Wednesday 28 August 2013
EARLIER in the year The Capitalist invited readers to send word of any business-related songs they had come across in the workplace.
Omnishambles was chosen as the Oxford Dictionary UK Word of the Year in 2012
Wednesday 28 August 2013
WORDSMITHS in the Square Mile will be pleased today, as Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced the latest additions to its online dictionaries.
Wednesday 28 August 2013
■ Square Mile stalwart and market commentator at Panmure Gordon David Buik is known for his poetic City commentary – often quoting the likes of Whitman, Shakespeare, Poe and Housman.
Celebrity lookalikes speed down the Thames on a RIB before being stopped by police
Tuesday 27 August 2013
A PUBLIC relations stunt on The Thames went awry last week, riverside City spies tell The Capitalist.
Blogger and wife of the Bank of England governor Diana Carney
Tuesday 27 August 2013
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.
Investec boss basks in England Ashes win
Tuesday 27 August 2013
Managing director of Investec bank Bernard Kantor joined in the Ashes celebrations – pictured here with the winning England team at the Oval.
Tuesday 27 August 2013
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.
Friday 23 August 2013
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.
London rugby team Saracens at the Honourable Artillery Company grounds last night
Friday 23 August 2013
LONDON rugby team Saracens were in the City last night, playing against the Cornish Pirates at the Honourable Artillery Company grounds.
Boss of yourgolftravel.com Ross Marshall
Friday 23 August 2013
FORMER trader and boss of website yourgolftravel.com Ross Marshall has found himself back in the Square Mile world recently, after organising rounds of Blind Date golf for City putters.
Friday 23 August 2013
Rapper Drake is credited with making the acronym YOLO the hashtag phrase du jour, and now legal recruitment firm Taylor Root has had the honour of officially killing it off.
Thursday 22 August 2013
HOT ON the heels of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg’s highly publicised book Lean In, a London businesswoman is about to publish her own autobiographical and instructional tome – Heels of Steel.
Thursday 22 August 2013
City Hall turned camp yesterday afternoon as a pop-up caravan site was temporarily erected by the Thames – just in time for hungry City workers to go glamping with their sandwiches.
Thursday 22 August 2013
High street retailers appear to be upping their game after Marks & Spencer announced earlier this week that its new campaign – Meet Britain’s Leading Ladies – was shot by famous fashion photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Wednesday 21 August 2013
BOSS of payday loan company Wonga Errol Damelin has split up with his Julie, the mother of the couple’s three young children.
Wednesday 21 August 2013
YAHOO boss and self-labelled nerd Marissa Mayer has done a very un-geeky photoshoot for the September issue of US Vogue magazine, which came out yesterday.
Wednesday 21 August 2013
■ With the annual Edinburgh comedy festival now in full swing, what better for City delegates than a little political light relief in the form of Confessions of Gordon Brown, a satirical monologue about the former Prime Minister – played by Ian Gr
Tuesday 20 August 2013
FORMER PwC beancounter, Citi trader and more importantly winner of City A.M.’s very own City Fittie talent search Josh Lewsey is returning to the Square Mile this week.
Tuesday 20 August 2013
PRINCE William revealed yesterday that he did the honours of changing baby George’s first nappy.
Monday 19 August 2013
OPTIMISM among owner-managed businesses is soaring. That’s according to a survey sent over by the Bank of Cyprus UK, British unit of the troubled Eurozone lender.
Monday 19 August 2013
LONDON’S biggest free jazz festival returned to Canary Wharf over the weekend, with revellers treated to three days of music from artists including Soweto Kinch, Cuban violinist Omar Puente and the Carleen Anderson Soul Trio.
Friday 16 August 2013
PLEASE please, please let me get what I want – a reasonable deal on my home insurance.
Friday 16 August 2013
THE OFFICE for National Statistics appears to be making the most of the summer lull.   
Friday 16 August 2013
■ Jessica Ennis-Hill is boring under the streets of London, as the namesake for Crossrail’s seventh tunnelling machine.
Thursday 15 August 2013
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.
Pumbaa from The Lion King would approve of Rentokil’s new pop-up restaurant
Thursday 15 August 2013
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.
Thursday 15 August 2013
■ Britain’s national debt is a little bit smaller today following the bizarre tale of Ms Joan Edwards.
Wednesday 14 August 2013
POLITICAL party funding figures rarely reveal much beyond Labour’s continued reliance on trade union subsidies and the Conservatives’ enduring popularity with successful businessmen.
Wednesday 14 August 2013
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”.
Wednesday 14 August 2013
■ It’s barely 24 hours since BBC Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman shocked middle Britain with his Twitter-trending facial hair, but bookies are already taking bets on how long the interviewer’s designer stubble will last.
Tuesday 13 August 2013
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.

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