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By George, its Clooney

The Diary hears that working at credit broker is like being at a live version of Madame Tussauds.

A recruitment policy that appears to consist of only hiring celebrity lookalikes must make life interesting for employees, as John Travolta struts his stuff in the processing department and Prince Charles graces IT.

The Diary wonders if his royal presence means that those frustrating problems with crashing computers that dog us all are solved more quickly. believes it has more celebrity look-a-likes than any other company in the country – now there is a challenge that the Diary would like to see answered.

Director Andy Pelley has the last word: “It is easy to get star-struck working here at Loans. I am often mistaken for George Clooney.”

But others says he bears more of a resemblance to comedian Peter Kay.


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