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09 September 2022

City of London mourns

Today the City of London mourns joins the nation in mourning the death of Her Majesty The Queen. This is a moment of great sadness, but also time to reflect on Her Majesty The Queen’s momentous reign – characterised by an unfaltering commitment to public service. A role model to us all.

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03 August 2022

England’s ‘Lionesses’ to receive Freedom of the City of London after triumphant win at Wembley

The entire England Women’s Football Team will be awarded the Freedom of the City of London, in recognition of its dramatic 2-1 win over Germany in the European Championship Final at Wembley.


01 June 2022

Jubilee celebrations & road closures

The City is looking forward to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with events planned 2nd – 5th June. There will be road closures in place in the Square Mile especially on Friday 3 June as we celebrate the national service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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29 May 2022

Marking the Jubliee across the City

There are plenty of Jubilee festivities happening right across the City of London this month. CityAM has published an overview. Plan your visit with their Royal City map (pictured) or visit their website – click here.

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29 May 2022

Business event

With half term and the Jubilee weekend around the corner we wanted to get in touch to update you on our work as your local representatives and to invite you to a Business Breakfast Talk on the 9th of June organised by the Ward of Cheap Club and the Cheapside Business Alliance.


05 May 2022

Message from our Alderman

“On behalf of the elected Members for the Ward of Cheap I would like to express our shock and sadness at the fatal stabbing which took place on Sunday night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Emmanuel Odunlami who are mourning. We thank the City of London Police for their prompt response, support them in their investigations and appeal to anyone who may be able to help with the enquiries” – for more information click here.Alderman Robert Hughes-Penney

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26 March 2022

Ward of Cheap Councillors re-elected 

Voters in the City of London have cast their votes to elect their representatives to the Square Mile’s governing body. A total of 100 Members were elected by resident and business voters yesterday to the City of London Corporation’s principal decision-making body, the Court of Common Council.

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14 March 2022

Your priorities, our commitments

With nominations closed 117 candidates have put themselves forward for elections across the Square Mile at the end of this March. You can find an overview of all the candidates online – our profiles are up as well:


01 March 2022

City stands with Ukraine

This week the City Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee met for an extra ordinary meeting. During the meeting Ward of Cheap Councillor Tijs Broeke proposed that the Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK would be nominated to receive the Freedom of the City of London to honour the people of the Ukraine standing up for democracy and against agression. This was approved unanimously.

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28 February 2022

Have your say!

We are candidates for the elections in the Ward of Cheap on Thursday 24 March. As your local independent Common Councillors we have thrown ourselves fully into representing businesses, workers and residents based in the Ward of Cheap over the last few years. As we are looking at our priorities for the City going forward we would like to hear your views.


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14 July 2022

Manchester Metropolitan University Graduation Speech – Tues 12th July 2022

It is a day for celebration. The Bridgewater Hall is full of students and families celebrating their achievements, and as I stand here I can feel the sense of pride, hope and ambition that radiates off these new graduates.

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14 June 2022

What kind of place do we want The City to be?

I wanted to take a moment to think about the role we can play as a community in the City of London to ensure a compassionate environment in which we live and work.

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29 March 2022

Is tradition still relevant in The City?

Tradition is a big part of the City of London - its structure, its governance, its architecture, and in plenty of the annual rituals and ceremonies. The question is, are they still relevant or is it just pomp and circumstance?

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10 February 2022

Past and present make the City of London an incubator for world-leading innovation

The City of London has always been a place of growth and innovation, and post pandemic data shows that it’s continuing to honour that tradition.

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06 February 2022

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Alderman Robert Hughes-Penney's Address at the Patronal Service of St Vedast on 7th February 2022

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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

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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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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11 November 2021

Alderman Robert Hughes-Penney's Address at the Bank of England’s Act of Remembrance on 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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12 September 2022

.@WardofCheap Common Councillor @Tijs_Broeke was one of the Cllrs & Aldermen speaking at Court of Common Council to…

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12 September 2022

You can watch the special meeting of the Court of Common Council at 11:30am today in honour of Her late Majesty in…

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09 September 2022

It is with extreme sadness we mourn the loss of HM Queen Elizabeth II. We are grateful for her example of leadershi…

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09 September 2022

RT @CityPolice: ❗️ ROAD CLOSURES ❗️ The roads shown in purple on the map below will be closed from 10am today. Further closures may be p…

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08 September 2022

RT @CityBreakfast: A very sad day that our sovereign Lady leaves us but; is promoted to higher service, with our Lord God. #TheQueen #Eliz…

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18 September 2022

‘Tears and Celebration’ is a new hymn for the UK and Commonwealth. It is a song of remembrance and thanksgiving for…

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10 September 2022

What a great privilege for the ⁦@WardofCheap⁩ team to represent our great Ward for the Royal Proclamation ⁦…

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10 September 2022

RT @CityBreakfast: The @CityBreakfast covers our new King in prayer. “I now dedicate what remains to me of my life, I pray for the guidanc…

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10 September 2022

And this is what it looked like in 1952 @cityoflondon @WardofCheap #Proclamation

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10 September 2022

Early morning in the City awaiting the Royal Proclamation at noon at the Royal Exchange @WardofCheap