While most months I give an insight on the market, this time I would like to share a highlight from September for both myself and the City.
Last month I had the pleasure of seeing some of the broader good of the City at first hand, which exemplified its importance not only to the financial services industry and the economy but some of the excellent charity and wider work it undertakes.
On 27th September and under the banner City Giving Day, the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman the Lord Mountevans, led the day with well over 200 companies coming together to recognise the volunteering, support and philanthropy given to the wider community around London. The theme was to wear something red and the day started with the opening of the London Stock Exchange followed by a photo call outside Guildhall. I have to say walking down past St Paul's behind the splendour of the gowns and ceremonial robes of the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs and Aldermen made a tremendous spectacle and some great footage for the tourists taking advantage of the cheaper £!
Alium has been a key player in the event and last year was recognised with a prestigious Dragon Award at the evening presentation dinner at the Mansion House. This year it was very humbling to hear the incredible stories of support and fund raising, and how this good work has changed the lives of so many people in such a positive way.
The evening was wonderfully staged with video stories of the work and efforts of the nominees, and Martyn Lewis interviewed the winners so that we could hear a little more about their achievements. It was very moving and we should be so proud of the City of London. Did your business get involved? If not why not join in the fun in the year ahead and I would be delighted to put you in touch with The Lord Mayor's team so you can learn how you might be able to help and change lives too.