The need to understand more about gender identity and the challenges that trans people face brought nearly 200 people to our office in Canary Wharf on Monday June 30th, for our presentation and panel event, “Transgender: Gender Identity Explained.” This video contains highlights from the event that our Pride at Work UKI group hosted with the charity GIRES at our London, Canary Wharf office. The opening remarks were made by Jan-Coos Geesink the head of our Legal Solutions UK and Ireland team and co-sponsor of our Pride at Work network in the UK. It also features Emma Cusdin and Nicholas Creswell on the Panel. We also have short interviews at the end from a number of internal and external guests.
Do you identify as a man or as a woman?
Most people don’t even ask themselves that question. They just know who they are. But for some of us, this is a really important and difficult issue, because the person we know ourselves to be does not necessarily match the assumptions made about us at birth.
The need to understand more about gender identity and the challenges that trans people face brought nearly 200 people to our office in Canary Wharf on Monday June 30th, for our presentation and panel event, “Transgender: Gender Identity Explained.” This was our second event, after our online presentation in 2012, focusing on the transgender aspect of LGBT. However, it was our first in person event with our customers and interested organizations. (more…)
By Anyani Boos, Sales Representative, Thomson Reuters
I was lucky enough to join colleagues from across Thomson Reuters at the AudaCITY Talent Rising Conference last week in London. The conferences, hosted by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, brought together delegates from a variety of companies to debate and discuss current issues related to diversity & inclusion.
Arriving in the crypt of the Guildhall was exhilarating and I got the opportunity to meet and greet people from a broad range of companies including EY, Aon, BNY Mellon and many more. However, it wasn’t only the venue that left an impression on me. (more…)
Thomson Reuters was at London’s Barbican Centre on Monday evening for the annual Apps for Good awards ceremony. We have partnered with Apps for Good, an open-source technology movement where young people learn to create technology tools to change their world, since 2011.
The awards ceremony recognized teams of students from across the UK who have created apps which tackle everyday problems or issues they are passionate about. From over 17,000 participants in the Apps for Good program, 18 teams were shortlisted for awards in six categories. Thomson Reuters sponsors two categories: the My Planet Award, and the Information Award.
The winners were: (more…)
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to renegotiate ties with the European Union (EU) are “wishful thinking”. That was a takeaway from our Reuters Newsmaker with UK Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, held at our South Colonnade office (May 9) in London.
Reuters journalist and TV anchor Axel Threlfall hosted the ‘standing-room only’ interview and Q&A session. In his opening speech Nick Clegg said that Cameron’s threat to opt out of the Euroean Union, or “Brexit”, put the Prime Minister on a collision course with his backbench Members of Parliament (MPs) and the needs of British business. If re-elected next year, David Cameron would try to renegotiate Britain’s ties to the EU and give the nation a referendum on whether to remain inside the 28-nation bloc.
Clegg said: “You fight Britain’s corner effectively not by going on a whistlestop tour of Europe’s capitals, a list of make-or-break demands in hand. You do it by engaging with our neighbours, forging alliances with like-minded states and winning the argument.”
What would Britain look like if it left the EU? (more…)
by Andrew Fletcher, Manager, Emerging Technology
What do tech start-ups need? Coffee, power, wifi and each other…and maybe a loo! That was the starting point in the creation of TechHub according to its co-founders Elizabeth Varley and Mike Butcher. When they came up with the idea in 2009 they knew that people would sit on the floor if needed, although luckily it didn’t come to that. They were inspired by co-working spaces that they’d seen in the US and the value that came from a cluster. The cluster, in part, was already there; a whole bunch of meet-ups were already happening in East London but they had nowhere to go. The irony being that the tech community needed to get-together in real-life. It was good meeting at conferences but this interaction needed to move to the day-to-day. On top of this, start-ups elsewhere in Europe wanted to find a way to get started in London. TechHub started with a viral campaign, asking people to create 60 second YouTube videos explaining why they needed TechHub. Their founder memberships were oversubscribed before the space even opened, and Elizabeth was mobbed when the idea was announced in a pitch at a TechCrunch event. But right from the start the principle was to keep it as affordable as possible – with a no-frills approach to the space so that the real value was in companies coming together. To keep costs down, Mike built the chairs for the first space and Elizabeth welded the desks. (more…)
Our first ever student Hackathon was held in London in March. A 24-hour coding competition, the EikonHack tasked 35 students with building a news discovery app for a mobile device using Thomson Reuters Eikon technology and Reuters news.
Read more about the event on the Thomson Reuters Eikon Blog.
Last month, our Thomson Reuters office in Canary Wharf hosted the launch of the winning apps from the 2013 Apps for Good competition held last summer. These apps are built by third parties who are really good at working with the kids, refining their winning concepts, and turning them into finished products for the GooglePlay store, although one actually also launched on iOS. We had such a huge turnout for the event, that at one point, the security team was having to hold guests in the lobby until others left to prevent going over maximum occupancy! I owe a special thanks to the Canary Wharf security and catering staff for their hard work all day and to Patrick Webb and Karen McArthur for their support on the ground!
All of the apps can be downloaded from this link as well as apps from previous years. There is also a very nice press release that AfG put out here. I thought it was also very cool that John Thurso, the MP for Caithness, Sutherland, and Easter Ross (the area where our Wick High School kids are from) came to the event and was truly impressed by what he saw. It was a real pleasure to meet and speak with him about this program.
I thought I’d also share with you some of the other press that the kids received as a part of the launch of their apps in local and national media: (more…)
2014 got off to a great start in the UK this year with a little help from the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf. Last month, Thomson Reuters and 36 other organizations supported the launch of the Power of Diversity Programme. Three buses have been designed to highlight diversity and inclusion in the corporate world. The buses are part of wider project that the Lord Mayor has launched to support diverse talent in the city of London and kick start a conversation about diversity on boards. The Mayor stated that she would like businesses to understand that diversity & inclusion not only has a moral case, but a clear business one as well. The buses will run on the “Golden Route” throughout 2014. (more…)
After three years of sluggish deal flows, a slew of mega IPOs is set to spike up Hong Kong offerings in 2014. With the value of IPOs in Hong Kong seen doubling to over $32 billion this year as major economies pick up steam, Greater China could account for more than half of all 2014 investment banking fees for the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan. Today’s graphic compares the IPO volumes of New York, Nasdaq, London and Hong Kong.