The Extel Survey Awards 2009 are taking place today in Guildhall, London. The survey, which has taken place every year since 1974, captures the views of all sides of the investment community on their counterparts and produces rankings for brokers, quoted companies and individuals.A record 261,000 votes have been received this year, with around 1,500 fund management firms, 172 brokerage houses and 400 quoted companies taking part.Why does the survey matter? Fundamentally, it tells us what fund managers think of brokers and the latter get an analysis of the service and value they are providing to their clients. The prospects of analysts across Europe can improve or suffer as a result of how well they do.There are 13 awards to be presented to brokers, fund managers and companies, including best firm, best hedge fund, leading individual analyst and the key award for equity research house.You can watch the awards live on our webstream below from 2pm today.
As if the first 10 weeks of BBC One’s “The Apprentice” were not hard enough for the five surviving candidates, last night they faced their toughest challenge yet – gruelling interviews with some of Sir Alan Sugar’s most trusted business associates.
Every detail of their personal and professional lives was to be picked apart by the fearsome panel and there would be a further grilling by Sir Alan back in the boardroom.
Sent to Manchester and Liverpool to sell products pitched to them by inventors, loudmouth Phil instead spent the entire task flirting with Kate — favourite to win the competition — and cheekily saying things like “I’d buy anything off her” as if he was auditioning for a role in a Carry On film.
After surviving for five weeks by lurking in the background and hoping Sir Alan Sugar would not notice he was there, Noorul has finally been ejected from this series of “The Apprentice”.
The chief villain of the latest series of “The Apprentice”, now at the half-way stage, is undoubtedly Belfast-born Ben Clarke, who has wound up not just his fellow contestants and Sir Alan Sugar but everyone at home watching the show.
His claim three weeks ago that he should not be fired because he had “won a scholarship to Sandhurst” will surely become part of reality TV folklore. The former stockbroker is on top form again this week, when viewers finally get to see if he can live up to his own hype as project manager of team Empire.