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18 January 2022

City Corporation to launch new Covid-19 Recovery Grant Scheme for Square Mile SMEs

The City of London Corporation has agreed to launch a new grant scheme to support Square Mile businesses that have been hit by restrictions introduced in response to the Covid-19 Omicron variant. This follows action by a group of Councillors, including our Ward of Cheap team.

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08 January 2022

Ward event with new Police Commissioner

Residents, businesses and City workers in Ward of Cheap are invited to an unique virtual meeting with the new City of London Police Commissioner, Angela McLaren on Thursday 13 January. This event is organised by Ward of Cheap Alderman Robert Hughes-Penney, and Common Councillors Alastair Moss, Nick Bensted-Smith and Tijs Broeke, together with the Cheapside Business Alliance.

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04 January 2022

2021 Annual Report

When we were elected as representatives for the Ward of Cheap we promised to keep everyone informed of our work. Despite the challenges of Covid19 over the last 24 months we’ve kept this promise. Together with we stayed in touch with City workers and residents, through our websited, regular updates, face to face and virtual meetings and our newsletters.

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04 January 2022

2021 Annual Report

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19 December 2021

Merry Christmas

We would like to wish everyone a great Christmas and New Year. Despite the challenges of covid19 our team of Alderman and Common Councillors in the Ward of Cheap have delivered on our commitments. Read more about this in our latest Ward newsletter – click here.

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20 October 2021

City Corporation unveils ambitious 2040 net zero action plan for financial investments

The City of London Corporation has announced a new 2040 net zero target for its combined £3bn investment portfolios, outlining a concrete action plan in response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s ‘code red’ climate warning.

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20 October 2021

Ward of Cheap newsletter September 2021

It is great after the summer break to see the buzz returning in the Square Mile. The number of people travelling into the City significantly increased in September. This was definitely noticeable when going out for lunch around Cheapside. We also had a chance to meet again in person and to reconnect with residents and City workers at our Ward of Cheap summer reception.

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24 September 2021

Register to vote

As the City works to rebuild from the pandemic, now is your chance to help shape its future. In March 2022, elections will be held across the Square Mile to decide who will represent City workers and residents for the next three years. You must be registered by 16 December 2021 in order to vote.

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24 September 2021

Help shape policing priorities for the City

Everyone with a connection to the Square Mile, including residents, business owners, workers and visitors, can help shape policing in the City through an online survey.

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17 September 2021

The City of London: A place to connect

It is great after the summer break to see the buzz returning in the Square Mile. This week we had chance to meet again in person and reconnect at our Ward of Cheap summer reception. We reflected on personal and professional challenges we have all faced in different ways, and discussed how we can shape the future of the Square Mile.

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24 December 2021

Finding balance in the City of London

While the big picture when it comes to finance is looking cautiously optimistic, it's important to remember the individuals and personal plights that surround us. However, I also hope that the overarching economic view can provide some sense of encouragement for all as we look to a new year.

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30 November 2021

Spears 500, Recommended 2021 HNW Wealth Manager

The Spears Index includes a range of advisers dedicated to looking after private client funds. Spears rank UHNW and HNW wealth managers, private bankers and the leading recruitment consultants that work in this area. As well as London one can also find their recommendations of advisers in financial centres such as Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Channel Islands.

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30 November 2021

Supercharging the UK’s communities: The City of London is more relevant than ever

Levelling up isn't just about government supporting community - it comes from community as well, with each individual, business, and organisation doing its bit where it can.

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11 November 2021

The Bank of England - An Event of Remembrance 11th November 2021

Arranged by the Bank of England Christian Union and the Bank Employees That Served network

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26 October 2021

A City of compassion on a global scale

When we think of the City, we think of commerce, business and career ladders, but community, charity and compassion also play a significant role both within the City itself and as part of its global endeavours.

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20 September 2021

Back to school in the City of London

This year, September’s traditional ‘back to school’ mantra takes on new significance, as for many it’s not only a return to the classroom but also a return to the office in the City of London.

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27 April 2021

Celebrating South Africa's National Day and Future Trade Opportunities

Today, Tuesday 27th April, marks South Africa’s National Day, otherwise known as the National Freedom Day

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07 December 2020

The City of London’s Commitment to Charity

As we enter the Christmas period, and with it the season of thinking of others, generosity and making gifts, I would like to reflect on some of the charitable activities undertaken in the City.

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26 November 2020

The Mayflower...

...and a Cheapside Haberdasher's involvement

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27 October 2020

My Reflections on the future of the ESG and Impact Investment Space

This month marks the end of my four-year tenure on the board of Investing for Good, an impact-driven sustainable and social finance intermediary. Founded in 2004, Investing for Good has a mission to grow the pool of investment capital that is mobilised for social purpose, resulting in measurable benefits for society. My departure seems like an appropriate time to reflect on the recent evolution of this investment space and look ahead to its future in light of the global pandemic.

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20 October 2020

Now is the time for leadership and progress

Over the course of the last eight months we have relied heavily on the use of digital communications. In many ways we have probably leapt forward in a matter of weeks what would otherwise have taken years, and in many places, this has been very effective. However, the way we have been operating cannot be a complete or a permanent alternative to the economic, social and infrastructural value of the traditional way we do business in the UK and its economic heartland, The City of London.

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16 October 2020

The City Prayer Breakfast 2020

The 2020 Annual City Prayer Breakfast was recently held on Wednesday 14 October 2020 and because of COVID restriction was held virtually.

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04 October 2020

Results and Relationship: Reimagining Success

For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges into view that we never saw coming.

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22 July 2020

A time for patience, perseverance and practical considerations

It has now been four months since many of us left our offices in the City of London to work from home, and while 'normality' is still some way off, it is a good time to reflect on what has been achieved as well as what we can, need and want to do moving forward.

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25 March 2020

Personal message from the Alderman of the Ward of Cheap

Recent weeks, and in particular the events of last week, have understandably caused high levels of anxiety. Firstly, for the health and wellbeing of our friends and loved ones, and also because of the impact coronavirus is having on businesses and jobs in the City and across the UK.

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28 January 2020

Guild of Investment Managers Annual & Civic Dinner

Welcome Speech At The First Annual Dinner

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20 December 2019

City's Investment Managers Guild Puts The Call Out

The Guild of Investment Managers was set up in 2015 and has the ultimate aim of becoming the Worshipful Company of Investment Managers – joining the City of London’s 110 existing livery companies.

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19 June 2019

“Forgive us our debts”: lending and borrowing as if relationships matter is a partnership project between Theos and St Paul’s Institute.

I am pleased to be a Theos Supporter to help shape the conversation to show how Christianity, and faith, are part of the solution for a better society – not part of the problem. They have recently published a very insightful report.

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05 November 2018

A Rich Tapestry of Communities

The City of London is a location and an environment that to many looks to be as impersonal as they come - filled with imposing office blocks and impenetrable reception desks backed up by security. But behind this façade, as I discovered on my route to becoming an Alderman of the City of London in July 2018, there is a rich tapestry of communities.

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31 December 2017

Spears List Of Top Wealth Managers

Click here for the profile on the Spears' list.

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17 January 2022

RT @Tijs_Broeke: I’m glad we’re able to get this new scheme up & running. I really hope it can help provide additional support to small bus…

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13 January 2022

Great discussion at our virtual breakfast meeting for @WardofCheap residents, City workers & businesses with our ne… https://t.co/5oR9jdzpu4

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12 January 2022

RT @citylordmayor: Pleased to join the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers today at Wax Chandlers' Hall, where we discussed the Company's g…

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08 January 2022

Residents, businesses and City workers in Ward of Cheap are invited to join a virtual meeting with the new City of… https://t.co/StCQRjGwWF

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07 January 2022

Our 2021 Annual Report is out - providing a summary our work as a team over the last 12 months, showing how we are… https://t.co/dEVU3eBGRI

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13 January 2022

RT @WardofCheap: Great discussion at our virtual breakfast meeting for @WardofCheap residents, City workers & businesses with our new @City…

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07 January 2022

RT @GowmanAJ: The #LiveryClimateActionGroup has posted some helpful guidance about food sourcing and things for Livery Companies to think a…

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07 January 2022

Good to see you there with @citylordmayor and the Governor @bankofengland Thank you @jeremysmarshall for speaking. https://t.co/fn3Uwt26LK

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06 January 2022

RT @RathbonesGroup: Rathbones' co-chief investment officer Ed Smith looks back on 2021 as a year to remember and discusses the investment i…

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13 December 2021

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