Rachel Rigby

Rachel Rigby

Before working at Finbuzz, Rachel spent 12 years at international M&A information provider Mergermarket, most recently as head of special coverage. Her role included liaising with European CEOs and reporting for the Company’s risk arbitrage product dealReporter.
Rachel’s various interests lie in the travel, media, clean energy and healthcare sectors. As a journalist, she has specialised in covering large private equity transactions and M&A deals, including deals executed by the buy-out firms such as 3i, BC Partners, Bain Capital, Blackstone Group and KKR to name a few. Rachel has also worked on numerous high profile deals, including the Kraft takeover of Cadbury, the British Airways merger with Iberia, and the Newscorp stake in BSKYB.She has written articles for Sunday Business, Breaking Views, Media Week, Financial News, and appeared on CNBC.

Rachel is a qualified PADI Dive Master and holds a liberal arts degree in European History from Smith College, Massachusetts.
Rachel Rigby

Last month, City Golf Club, a members-only club close to the Royal Exchange in Bank, hosted a corporate social. Many people invited were concerned that their golf experience was too limited, but the club assured them, there was no experience necessary. The only mandatory requirement was that people have fun!

Ashley Moore, a former trader, was there on the night and is the founder of the club. “The space was previously my back office when we all traded on the LIFFE market, and it became available to rent when our clearing office moved out. So at that time I took it on a 20 year lease in 2004,” Ashley explained.
Ashley said that when he is not in his club helping people have fun, he is focusing on environment enhancing, sustainable power projects.
Ashley was keen to host the Corporate Social in order to acquaint local executives to the
club. It was the first event that City Golf has held of its kind, offering a night of virtual golf, race car driving, drinks and outside putting lessons from the clubs head golf pro, Harry Varney.
The night started at 18:00 with suited and booted professionals arriving directly from a hard day’s work. Entering the club by only a small discreet door on street, most were surprised to enter into a spacious lounge and bar area. On one side of the lounge, a bank team event was already in full swing.
The corporate social was in a lounge area that holds two large screen areas next to
each other, the virtual golf screen next to the racing one.
The virtual golf was openly competitive and the winner Louis Boyce, an education consultant declared, “I am Irish so naturally I have an edge at Golf. ” He was closely followed by  Stanislas de Borggraeve – a former Maltese resident now living in London and working as a consultant for JDX Consulting. Melissa Harney, from Barclays was another Irish competitor that came high on the scoring board narrowly missing second place.
The driving was less openly competitive with  Ama Saggu, an event manager from EOC Partners quietly stealing the prize from her male competitors.
Each winner was entitled to either, 1 x hour golf lesson worth £90, a bottle of prosecco or alternatively, a 2-hour Sim hire for up to 10 friends and a beer bucket worth £195. Stanislas was very pleased with his prize and chose to get his friends down to play with him at the 2 hour Sim hire.
Stanislas said, “This place is great for mixing entertainment with work. I can’t wait to become a member and bring clients here. The location is so convenient who would have thought this exists right here in the heart of the city.”

But it wasn’t only the winners who came away with something. Everyone who attended ‘The Corporate Social’ was entitled to The Social Membership which includes a 1-hour simulator voucher for up to 10 guests, and access to the club services with a 10% discount within the members lounge. Additionally, every person who wrote a google review (City Golf & Health Club) and checked in via Facebook @citygolfclubs received an ‘Annual Club Membership’ which is worth £80, including a 1-hour sim voucher in addition to access to club services and members lounge.

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Hwee-Leng Pee, a banker from the Bank Of England said, “I can definitely see myself arranging a team night for the office here, this place is just across the road and there’s nothing like a bit of competitive spirit to get a good night going.”

Ashley was keen to mention that even karaoke is on offer at City Golf: “We host Karaoke in the main bar which is ideal for larger events and due to the radio mic’s there is no need to stand on a stage. The words are on all the bar screens because people are less intimidated if they can simply sing with their friends. Again, no experience necessary, although it’s nice when people can actually sing!” Ashley jokes.

An annual membership at City Golf costs £80. The first booking is complementary and should be booked 7 days in advance. Peak hours on the simulator is £50 and £30 in non peak.  City Golf also has a gym which costs £15 for a day pass.
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