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The Financial Times and The Bodley Head announce the winner of their third annual essay prize

The winning essay will be published in the Financial Times Life & Arts on 3rd January 2015. The winner will be interviewed on the Vintage Podcast and for FT.com, and will also receive:


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How To Spend It auction raises £362,650 for Save the Children

In an industry first, all 83 items and experiences pictured in the magazine were auctioned in an online sale by Christie’s. Star lots included a Chopard Tourbillon watch made of Fairmined 18ct rose gold, a bespoke Paul Smith suit and first fitting with Sir Paul, a champagne-paired dinner for six hosted by Olivier Krug in his childhood home in Reims, and a one-of-a-kind Prada crocodile handbag. The magazine also featured interviews with Colin Firth, Marc Newson, Stella McCartney, René Redzepi and Lapo Elkann.

Gillian de Bono, editor of How To Spend It, said: “This is a terrific result and demonstrates the incredible generosity of How to Spend It readers and all the luxury brands who donated lots. I am hugely grateful to my team for their tireless work over the nine months this issue has been in production and to Christie’s who waived all commissions for the project.” Read more >>

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Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds launch award for artists in emerging markets

“These awards will recognise the most exciting writers, film-makers and artists coming out of emerging markets in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. The growing importance of these regions, both economically and culturally, is recognised in the coverage of the Financial Times and through our specialist publications such as the Confidentials and BeyondBrics,” said Michael Skapinker, FT associate editor and chair of the judges.

Justin Leverenz, Director of Emerging Market Equities at OppenheimerFunds, added: “There is a remarkable structural shift in the world, propelled by economic progress in the developing markets and the advancing ubiquity of the internet. More connectivity and greater heterogeneity of voices in the business, science and arts communities are leading to a new Renaissance. As an influential investor in the world’s developing markets, we want to help amplify extraordinary artistic voices in these countries by providing a platform for the discovery and advancement of this exceptional talent.” Read more >>

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New Financial Times and IE Business School venture to provide custom education for executives

10 December 2014: The Financial Times and IE Business School today announce the launch of the FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance (FT | IE CLA), a new joint venture providing premium custom learning for business leaders. The partnership connects the academic excellence of prominent business schools with the FT’s award-winning journalism and insight into real world business challenges.

The FT | IE CLA partners with the world’s leading business schools from Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, to design and deliver tailored programmes that meet the learning needs of today’s executives. Schools partnering for the launch include Yale School of Management (United States), Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil), Antai Business School (Jiatong University, China), Renmin Business School (China), Singapore Management University, and EGADE Business School (Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico), among others. Together they make one of the largest pools of local and international expertise and content. The unique programmes combine face-to-face modules with innovative online and offline learning methods. Programs can be delivered in multiple languages including Arabic, English, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish. Read more >>

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Peter Spiegel one of top ten most followed journalists by world leaders

FT Brussels bureau chief Peter Spiegel (@SpiegelPeter) is one of the top ten most followed journalists by world leaders, according to the latest Twiplomacy analysis by global PR firm Burson-Marsteller.

His “How the Euro Was Saved” series is considered the definitive account of the events of 2011 and 2012 that forever changed Europe. It was one of the best read series on FT.com of 2014 and shortlisted for a British Journalism AwardRead more >>

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FT’s Pilita Clark wins FPA media award

26 November 2014: Last night the Financial Times’ environment correspondent Pilita Clark won the Environment Story of the Year award at the Foreign Press Association’s (FPA) Media Awards 2014. She was recognised for her series A World Without Water, looking at how businesses and people are having to adapt to rising water costs and poorly managed supplies around the world.

Dedicated to excellence in the journalism, the FPA Media Awards, now in their fifteenth year, are among the most prestigious for journalism in the world. Read more >>

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How To Spend It celebrates 20th anniversary in London

Guests included Roberto and Eva Cavalli (pictured here with Gillian de Bono); Christopher Kane; John and Simone Rocha; Marcus Wareing, Maria Grachvogel, Ozwald Boateng; Nick Hart; Stephen Jones; Melissa Odabash, Anton Mosimann; and Patrick Grant. Drinks were provided by Krug.

How To Give It features interviews with Colin Firth, Marc Newson, Stella McCartney, Rene Redzepi and Lapo Elkann. Star lots include a £93,300 limited edition Chopard Tourbillon watch made of Fairmined 18ct rose gold; a £32,000 holiday for two on North Island, Seychelles; one-of-a kind handbags by Prada and Gucci, each worth in excess of £20,000; and a champagne-paired dinner for six people hosted by Olivier Krug in his childhood home in Reims, worth £15,000. Preview the lots hereRead more >>

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Financial Times appoints Jon Slade B2C managing director

Dominic Good takes on Slade’s responsibilities to lead the FT’s integrated sales team globally as advertising sales director. He reports to Ben Hughes, global commercial director and deputy CEO. Good will lead the development of new advertising products for FT.com, the FT’s mobile apps, third party platforms such as Flipboard and Google Newsstand, as well as howtospendit.com. Read more >>

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The Financial Times and International Rescue Committee launch charity auction & exhibition at London’s Getty Gallery

Public invited to attend free exhibition featuring work by celebrated photographers on December 2-3

Modern Life is Rubbish - Corinne Day25 November 2014: The Financial Times and International Rescue Committee are hosting a photography exhibition and auction at London’s Getty Gallery as part of the FT’s 2014/15 seasonal appeal. The appeal, which runs throughout December and January, provides editorial coverage to highlight the work of a chosen charity, with events to support fundraising. This year FT employees chose the International Rescue Committee as their appeal partner, a global charity that saves and rebuilds lives in the wake of conflict and disaster. Read more >>

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FT hosts Alphaville Pub Quiz in New York

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