Vossi bop no match for Champions LeagueBoat parties on the Thames have a whiff of university life about them: cheap booze and a captive audience. The latter may be one of the reasons why EE chose a river barge in front of Tower Bridge as the venue for the launch of its 5G service this week.With grime artist and Glastonbury headliner Stormzy on board, City Insider understands various executives and managers from BT, the owner of EE network, tried to get down with the kids doing the “vossi bop”. The river barge certainly looked glamorous next to the other vessels traversing the Thames — those transporting London’s waste. But it was not enough to tempt the very top management at BT: chief executive Philip Jansen was on holiday. 5G is one of the central planks of Jansen’s strategy for BT. The telecoms group has said less of late about BT Sport, one of the defining features of his predecessor Gavin Patterson’s era.He may have missed the EE 5G launch, but despite being a Chelsea fan, word has it that Jansen may be at Saturday’s Champions League Final. (Brought to you, of course, by BT Sport). Spurs vs Arsenal: out in the washTo Smith & Wollensky’s steakhouse just off the Strand, for the fifth annual Spurs v Arsenal City dinner. The event was dreamt up by Finsbury’s James Leviton (Tottenham) and James Murgatroyd (Arsenal) and provides an opportunity for good-natured banter between rival fans — including Barclays’ investment-banking vice-chairman Mark Astaire, and Neil Goulden, former CEO of Gala Coral — at the business end of the season.Talk this year was dominated by Tottenham’s thrilling run to the final of the biggest club competition in world football — and by the increased financial muscle of the likes of Manchester City. That’s a big change, said former pro and special guest, Liam Brady. He noted that when Manchester United tried to sign him it did so not with a mega-money contract — but by offering his mum a washing machine.Banking competition: transparent remediesThose who think City finance is a small world only need look at new stumbles at the body set up to dole out RBS’s cash to rival lenders. The Banking Competition Remedies got off to a slow start, reportedly because of difficulties finding executive board members without conflicts of interest. Then it emerged that one BCR executive had previously served as a consultant to one of the recipients of the first round of funding awards. Now one of the non-executive directors has resigned over a conflict relating to one of the applicants for the third pool of BCR funds. BCR says Nigel Vooght declared the conflict openly, in good time, and that it did not impact on the body’s decision-making processes. He takes a similarly transparent approach on the job-hunting site LinkedIn, where he publishes his curriculum vitae in full.



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