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KPMG ‘Members Only’ Club’s Sole Drawback Is That You Might End Up Talking to an Accountant

Whether you're a captain of industry, a titan of finance or a scion of a mysterious fortune, an appropriate venue in which to conduct business is crucial. Having coffee at a Starbucks with a bathroom queue snaking around you isn't just distracting, it's undignified! The always-eager-to-please capital market servants at KPMG are sensitive to this […]

Is PwC’s London Office Using Spikes to Keep the Homeless Away?

Chances are you've already seen this photo floating around, perhaps your aunt shared it on Facebook and all her friends piled on with varying opinions from "that's immoral" to "well if I pay that much to live in a nice building, I expect there not to be urine-stained vagrants sleeping in the entryway." OUTRAGE! I […]

Who Knew EY Was Hiding Decent Artists?

No, not creative financial artists, like art artists. The EY Exhibition – Paul Klee: Making Visible opened at the Tate Modern in London on October 16, 2013 and runs through March 9 2014. Paul Klee famously described drawing as "taking a line for a walk." and in that vein, EY invited their staff and families […]

Apparently an Ernst & Young “Strategy Update” Meeting in London Got Out of Hand

Rumor has it that the bobbies had to get involved because the situation "involved broken bar property":  From: [Operations Manager Whose Responsibilities Include Being the Fun Killing Messenger] To: [Lots of People] Date: 11/04/2012 12:00 Subject: Behaviour at staff social events   All,    We recently held a BCM Strategy update meeting last week in London. […]

Accounting Student Attempts to Explain How He Wound Up in a Looted Computer Store

Saffron Armstrong tried to explain that he had gone into a looted computer store because he was inquisitive – and a freelance journalist.

This drew sniggers from the press bench, but not from district judge Elizabeth Roscoe, who told him he faced a prison sentence. The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to burglary after being arrested in a PC World store in Colliers Wood, south London, the day after it was hit by looters. The accounting student from Mitcham, who also worked for Marks and Spencer, was remorseful and admitted his intentions had “not been for the best”. [BBC via AWEBUK]

PwC’s New Swanky London Location Has Those Left at the Old Dump Mad with Jealousy

P. Dubs’ “More London” or “MoLo” location is reportedly quite the swinging joint but will only house half of the City’s 11,000 employees. Those left back at the frumpy office aren’t really pleased with this development and the FT reports has caused some to catch a case of “office envy”:

The aesthetic appeal [of the MoLo location] is burnished by eco-friendly credentials. PwC is also backing a nearby bistro and wine bar that will emulate Jamie Oliver by training the homeless. The firm’s staff will also be encouraged to use it. The zeitgeistiness of it all is too much for some of those stuck at PwC’s dowdier offices in Embankment Place, near Charing Cross. But relief could be at hand. [Chairman Ian] Powell revealed that the firm is in talks to redevelop the old site to give it a bit more pizzazz.

PwC staff gripped by office envy [FT]