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  • New Model Banking – creating fans not customers

  • Tuesday 8 September 2015, 18:30-20.30,
  • Metro Bank One Southampton Row, WC1B 5HA

  • New Model Banking - creating fans, not customers.


    Winning over half a million new account holders, Metro Bank, whose first UK store was in Midtown, has been  named the UK's 'top challenger bank'.  Much of its growth in deposits has come from business customers.  By the end of last year, deposits from businesses totalled 64% of all deposits and lending to businesses made up 45% of the Bank's total lending.  Today it has 36 stores across Greater London and will continue its rapid expansion, aiming to have 150 stores by 2020.


    In this unique networking event five years once since that first opening, Metro Bank's London Regional Director, Kevin Barrett, responsible for guiding the Bank's evolution from fresh, new entrant to trusted financial services partner to millions of UK customers, will share its calculations for continued growth in business deposit and lending through service and convenience.

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  • MBC New Member Summer Drinks

  • Wednesday 9 September 2015, 18:00-21.00,
  • SWAY London, 61-65 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5BZ

  • The Midtown Business Club is holding a new Members event to promote the Club with a Summer Drinks evening at SWAY, London.  We have had a great response to this event, and it is now full.  If you are interested in attending a future event please do get in touch -


    The Club brings together the top businesses working in Central London.  It is a shortcut to successful business development for its 160 Members.  The Club also acts as a high level conduit to local public and third sector stakeholders to accelerate improvements for MIdtown.  The Club also has a Young Professionals' Network where junior professionals can learn and practice networking skills and develop business ties at an early age.


    Club Membership is open to any business based in Midtown, and to organisations which have business interests in the area.


    Now in its eighth year, new Members are increasing the Club's valuable reach into all sectors and business sizes.  Join us.



  • Crossrail Update

  • Thursday 1 October 2015, 8:00- 9.30,
  • Hogan Lovells, Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2FG

  • Crossrail will soon create new gateways for Midtown to the  East and West and with it access to new markets.  At this timely event, Crossrail's Land and Property Director, Ian Lindsay, will provide an update on the progress the project is making, and set out the benefits that the new railway will bring to businesses of all sizes working in the area; with particular focus on the impact on property, regeneration, employment and business development, already beginning to radiate from the construction of new Crossrail stations at Tottenham Court Road and Faringdon.


    Crossrail is Europe's largest infrastructure project constructing a new railway stretching from Reading and Heathrow in the West through brand new tunnels underneath central London and out to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East.  It will deliver a direct connection between all of London's main employment centres, linking Heathrow with Paddington, the West End, Midtown, the City and Canary Wharf.  Crossrail will bring 1.5 million people within a 45 minute commute of London's key business districts.  The new railway will reduce journey times, ease congestion and improve connections.


    We are grateful to Hogan Lovells for hosting this event for the Club.

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Previous Events

Disaster strikes three times! - Disaster Recovery Summit - Lessons learnt after the Kingsway Fire - kindly hosted by Bristows

Hamish Cameron - London Resilience Manager, London Fire Brigade

Tim Walker - Taylor Made Computer Solutions

Andy Beech - Farrer & Co

Gary Marshall - MTT


Back to the future - kindly hosted by Farrer & Co

Hugh Petter - ADAM Architecture Presentation

When your lease expects it - kindly hosted by Irwin Mitchell

Louise Cartwright - Irwin Mitchell

Sue Wilson - Irwin Mitchell

Mark Anstey - Farebrother

Jon Batt - Farebrother. Presentation

Social Capital - kindly hosted by Speechly Bircham

Robert Bond - Speechly Bircham

Nick Hurd MP - Minister for Civil Society

Simon Hoare - Hoare's Bank

Moira Protani - Wilsons Solicitors. Presentation

Refurbish or rebuild? - kindly hosted by Speechly Bircham

Natalie Roberts - Land Securities

Mark Anstey - Farebrother

Clare Wildfire - Mott MacDonald

Alasdair Donn - Willmott Dixon

Panel Discussion - produced by Talking Edge Studios

Business Development in difficult markets

Chris Butterwick & Paul Matthews - The PACE Partners LLP. Presentation

Is Sustainability working? hosted by Buro Happold

Simon Pilkington - Buro Happold

Andrew Richmond - GLA

Andrew Cooper - Consultant

James Fitzgerald - & Low Emission Vehicles Ltd

All presentations

The Bloomsbury Summer Fete 2013 - in partnership with The Midtown Business Club


Levenes Employment - Social Media - Don't make a #hashtag of it!


Planning surpises in and around Midtown

Chris Hicks, Nick Spall & Setareh Neshati. Presentation

Midtown - Better Connected

Robert Lines - Network Rail. Blackfriars Station & Bridge Works. Presentation

Mike Keegan - Transport for London. Improving transport for Midtown. Presentation

The 2011 Midtown Business Club Dinner - The Bloomsbury Big Top. Sponsors - George Carter, Archive Acumen, CgMs, EA Shaw, Farebrother, MTT, PKF and The Royal Bank of Scotland.

Alistair Subba Row, Chairman of the Midtown Business Club and Senior Partner at Farebrother heralded a new Vision for London Midtown that includes better streets, spaces, transport, co-ordination between authorities and branding at the Club's Annual Dinner this week, attended by 480 business, local authority and community leaders, raising £7,250 for Wooden Spoon in the process and BBC Commentator / Wooden Spoon Ambassador Ian Robertson's thumbs.

MBC Young Professionals' Network Launch - hosted by Saffery Champness.

Louise Beddoes - Speechly Bircham. Networking without tears. Presentation

2012 - Ready or Not - hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Tim Jones - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The London 2012 Opportunity. Presentation

Ben Plowden - TfL. 2012 Transport. Helping businesses plan. Presentation

Rick Cudworth - Deloitte. Preparing for 'The Greatest Show on Earth'. Presentation

Vision On! - hosted by Bristows

Peter Daw - Mayor of London's Office. Leading to a greener London. Presentation

Alistair Subba Row - Chairman, Midtown Business Club. A Vision for Midtown. Presentation

Vision for Midtown - Business leaders working for change

Andrew Jones - AECOM. More than the sum of its parts. Presentation

John Powner - Atelier Works. A Midtown Conversation - Branding Diversity. Presentation

Pat Brown - Central. Presentation

Corporate Social Responsibility Workshops - Speechly Bircham.

1. How to get started. Robert Bond & Shelley Rowley - Speechly Bircham. Presentation.

2. How to communicate initiatives. Holly McKinlay - M&N and Graham Thorley - Strategic Fusion. Presentation

3a. How to engage staff. Bernie Watson - haysmacintyre, Marie Broad - Time & Talents. Presentation

3b. Unlocking value. Mark Hutcheon - Reputation Inc. Presentation

4. Working with charity partners. Louisa Dixon & Natalie Appleby - Nabarro, Laura Cook - Great Ormond Street Hospital, Alex Robinson - Lymphoma & Leukaemia Research. Presentation

5a. Maintaining the momentum. Robert Bond & Shelley Rowley - Speechly Bircham. Presentation

5b. Street to school. Deborah O'Malley - Aviva. Presentation

Introduction to the Equality Act 2010 - Levenes Employment. Presentation

An introduction to Business Development - Dale Carnegie
* Prospect more intelligently in order to get to pitch more often
* Better structure what you say in meetings
* Present yourself and your organisation with confidence and credibility
* Use strong evidence to underline the value of your product or service
* Build lasting relationships with clients.

London 2012 - Ensuring MBC members are 'Games ready'

Vince Fihosy, Director, London 2012 City Operations Programme, GLA. Presentation
Mark Evers, Director, Games Transport, TfL Games Team. Presentation
Rick Cudworth, Deloitte. Presentation
Tim Jones, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Presentation

Travel broadens the mind - Statesman Travel

Speakers: Tracey Randell, Statesman Travel, Gwyneth Williams, Collyer Bristow and Matthew Hudson, Transport for London. Hosted by Statesman Travel Limited, supported by Transport for London.

The 2010 Midtown Business Club Dinner

Chairman Alistair Subba Row of Farebrother set-out the Club's four-point plan for the year ahead to create:

* A 20 year masterplan for Midtown including environmental, transport and public realm improvements
* An international place marketing strategy that celebrates the collection of world-renowned 'villages' that make up Midtown
* A sound stakeholder network to establish a pro-active voice for Midtown, at all levels of government
* A continuing platform for the generation of new business for member companies.

Members and guests were given a headstart on the issues facing the area, locally and internationally by Fred Cerullo, President/CEO of New York's Grand Central Partnership (below) who spoke of the benefits of working together in partnerships and how uniting business communities is the key to a successful City, and Ross Walker, of RBS whose timely and entertaining economic forecasts were thought-provoking. Presentation. Profile of Fred Cerullo in Property Week.

The Midtown Hotel Economy - Performance and future growth - PKF (UK) LLP. Presentation

The key to successful litigation - Nabarro. Presentation

On your marks....Set.....Go! London Olympics 2012

Heather Hancock, Lead Partner for London 2012 and Managing Partner for Innovation & Brand, Deloitte. Presentation is available to Club members who attended the event, upon request.

Bernie Hollywood, Senior Business Development Manager, Lloyds TSB. Presentation
Tim Lawler, Chief Executive, SportsAid. Presentation

The Green Costs Code

Martin Powell, Director of Projects, LDA. Presentation : Low-carbon London.
Dave Farebrother, Environmental Director, Land Securities. Presentation : Moving ahead through partnership.
Richard Weavers, Head of Technical Management, Land Securities. Presentation : CRC Treating everyone fairly.
Charlotte Eddington, Group Head, Energy & Sustainability, CB Richard Ellis. Presentation : An extraordinarily long walk.

Planning issues in Midtown - Explained! - CgMs. Presentation