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  1. July 6, 2014

    Foreign office brings in £5bn for Britain

    Diplomats generated more than £5bn in business for British companies in the first quarter, according to the Foreign Office’s...

  2. March 14, 2014

    FCO’s progress on promoting women

    From Sir Simon Fraser. Sir, Baroness Falkner is quite right to say that we need to improve our record on promoting women to...

  1. February 12, 2012

    Movers & shakers: February 13

    ● Legal & General has hired Robert Merrifield as investment research and development director of IMRU, an investment...

  2. January 29, 2012

    Brittan’s crew make case for liberal economics

    When Lord Brittan’s erstwhile aides from his stint as an EU commissioner put on a bash for his 70th birthday, the guest list...

  3. January 26, 2012

    Rothschild libel case focuses on Siberia trip

    A libel claim by financier Nat Rothschild against the Daily Mail may well be decided on whether a former European trade...

  4. November 11, 2011

    Palladium: So much for heavy metal in difficult times

    Readers of the September issues of lifestyle magazines may have noticed celebrities Kelly Osbourne, Rose McGowan and Pamela...

  5. Westminster Blog

    June 29, 2011

    Official lets slip which day government does all currency deals

    I went along to a PAC hearing the other day because Simon Fraser, permanent secretary at the Foreign Office, was being...

  6. Westminster Blog

    June 22, 2011

    Foreign office announces 'massive U-turn' on World Service

    Apparently it’s a sign of strength to change your mind – at least that’s what David Cameron said yesterday about the...

  7. March 11, 2011

    Fund managers slash fees paid by private investors

    Fund managers are slashing fees paid by private investors amid a fierce debate about how much investment products should...

  8. March 8, 2011

    Foreign & Colonial axes performance fee

    Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust has axed its performance fee to make the company cheaper for investors, amid a growing...

  9. March 8, 2011

    MPC not banking on more women

    In announcing the appointment of piano-playing Goldman Sachs economist Ben Broadbent to the monetary policy committee, the...

  10. December 16, 2010

    Simon says bid

    The biggest surprise about Simon Property Group’s offer for Capital Shopping Centres was that it came in normal UK working...

  11. November 17, 2010

    Leaner Foreign Office sheds jobs and sites

    The Foreign Office is to shed one in 10 of its staff, sell old embassy buildings and step up recruitment of cheaper “local...

  12. November 16, 2010

    Thank God for Whitehall reshuffle

    You could call it the Whitehall revolution that never was. Almost unnoticed, a big reshuffle of top jobs in the civil...

  13. October 9, 2010

    Scots on board

    Former Icap finance director and CMC chief Jim Pettigrew took time out from his long list of non-executive duties to join...

  14. September 1, 2010

    Cable’s negotiator to quell budget tension

    The business department has promoted a former Treasury mandarin to become its most senior civil servant on an interim basis,...

  15. August 4, 2010

    Diplomats to become UK plc’s salesmen

    The job description for Britain’s ambassadors is to be rewritten to include tough targets for trade promotion and a...

  16. Westminster Blog

    July 22, 2010

    Further Reading

    Split Afghanistan and give the South to the Taliban — Robert Blackwill/FT Cameron bangs trade drum as Simon Fraser appointed...

  17. July 22, 2010

    PM wants Foreign Office to make export drive priority

    The prime minister lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington, Virginia, as part of a two-day trip that focused...

  18. Westminster Blog

    July 21, 2010

    Cameron flies the City flag: UPDATED

    UPDATE, early morning, July 22: Simon Fraser’s appointment as new permanent secretary at the Foreign Office was confirmed by...

  19. July 4, 2010

    City headhunters ride a wave of demand

    City headhunters are facing the biggest wave of mandates since 2007, as UK plc reshapes its board and the financial services...

  20. March 30, 2010

    Joining the boys' network

    Barclays' recruitment of Alison Carnwarth as its newest director will make her the sole woman on the 13-man bank board.It is...

  21. December 15, 2009

    Loan scheme for car industry flops

    A government initiative launched nearly a year ago to help the car industry with the promise of £2.3bn of loan guarantees...

  22. October 14, 2009

    Initiatives for crisis-hit companies 'a mixed bag'

    A £1bn flagship innovation fund unveiled by Gordon Brown in June is unlikely to start lending money before next year, it...

  23. October 13, 2009

    Initiatives for crisis-hit companies ‘a mixed bag’

    A £1bn flagship innovation fund unveiled by Gordon Brown in June is unlikely to start lending money before next year, it...

  24. September 23, 2009

    Fraser fidelity

    Fidelity International former chief investment officer Simon Fraser is building a portfolio of roles in the financial...

  25. August 7, 2009

    Agius lets off Barclays directors

    There was a poor turnout of Barclays non-executive directors at a shareholder meeting at the Chiswell Brewery in London, as...

  26. July 1, 2009

    Department of uncertainty

    Whitehall is in despair over its latest crop of ministers. I am told hardly any of them can be persuaded to concentrate on...

  27. June 30, 2009

    Department of uncertainty

    Whitehall is in despair over its latest crop of ministers. I am told hardly any of them can be persuaded to concentrate on...

  28. May 20, 2009

    Reshuffle threat to Post Office reform

    While all eyes at Westminster are on the change of Speaker, I learn that Whitehall's top people have been told to prepare...

  29. May 19, 2009

    Reshuffle threat to Post Office reform

    While all eyes at Westminster are on the change of Speaker, I learn that Whitehall’s top people have been told to prepare...

  30. March 5, 2009

    Bringing Fidelity to Barclays

    The newest member of the Barclays board, Simon Fraser, is at least attuned to the needs of pension fund investors whom the...

  31. February 10, 2009

    Going outside

    Going back to the outside world after 20 years in the City is the 41-year-old Merrill Lynch co-head of corporate broking...

  32. January 9, 2009

    More family time

    Prominent among the departures from Merrill Lynch after the takeover by Bank of America is Brent Clapacs , co-head of...

  33. November 22, 2008

    Thanks to those who keep giving

    Much thanks was given this year by the surviving who's who of business and politics at the annual Thanksgiving lunches...

  34. July 15, 2008

    Cava all around

    Among those toasting the Santander deal is Andrea Orcel of Merrill Lynch. Mr Orcel, who advised the Spanish bank on its...

  35. May 30, 2008

    ‘Paupers’ warning over private pensions

    Hundreds of thousands of employees who have been switched out of final-salary pension schemes and into money-purchase ones...

  36. March 30, 2008

    Only fools rush into short selling

    The practice of selling shares short in expectation of a price fall has come under suspicion in recent weeks. Some...

  37. March 30, 2008

    Anger over passport hold-up

    European fund managers are frustrated by the impasse around the introduction of a management company passport that would...

  38. October 16, 2007

    Simon Fraser appoints dean from Rotman

    Glen Whyte is to quit the Rotman school at the University of Toronto, in Canada, to become dean of the business school at...

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