Monthly Archives: March 2012

Of PE & VC

Mar 27, 2012

Fascinating, though rather gloomy, discussion at Editorial Intelligence this morning. The always impressive Xavier Rolet summed things up rather nicely. For him, European debt has been compensating for a lack of competitiveness and has, as a result, spiralled out of control. UK public debt is officially around the 70% mark, but this excludes public sector

Borscht & Bread

Mar 22, 2012

Even when he’s back home from his travels (he’s just rowed across the Atlantic), it seems adventurer Alastair Humphreys can’t keep still. When we met today at the Samovar Cafe in Queensway Market, it was as part of Alastair’s ongoing AtoZ London’s World of Food project, in which he and his friend Tom Kevill-Davies trot across the

Moscow rules

Mar 21, 2012

In Moscow for a couple of days. It has been snowing, unseasonably, grid-locking the traffic and turning the pavements into ice rinks. This is not a city designed for pedestrians. Nonetheless I have managed to cram in some great meetings. Breakfast this morning with Charles Clover, the Financial Times’ Bureau Chief over here. Along with

Business on best behaviour

Mar 20, 2012

A brilliant discussion (as well as the ever-tasty pastries and bacon rolls) this morning at our regular Breakfast Club event at the RAC. Giles Gibbons of Good Business, Richard Reed of Innocent Drinks and Simon Myers of brand consultancy Figtree were discussing the ethics of 21st century, expertly chaired by former CNN anchor Todd Benjamin.

Whizzing around London

Mar 15, 2012

Yet again Chartwell has been whizzing around London watching speakers in action this week. Bob Litan, vice president of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation, gave a brilliant presentation over lunch at the Legatum Institute yesterday on how to re-invigorate the US economy through entrepreneurship. This was followed closely by coffee with London’s networking Queen, Julia

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