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Handed fame on a pate

While celeb spotting over lunch in a Soho restaurant with an MM reporter, Bristol & West PR Debbie Stavely got very excited when she recognised a well-known media man.

When B&W head of marketing Dom Toller pointed to a small, slightly balding man leaving the restaurant with an exclamation of: “Oh, look who it is…,” Stavely cried: “It&#39s thingy O&#39Donnell from Financial Adviser.”

Toller shattered Stavely&#39s illusions of having spotted a famous editor by telling her it was Ian Hislop of Private Eye and Have I Got News For You. The Diary wonders whether Hislop has been earning extra cash editing a downmarket trade magazine.


Gartmore adds volantis to AlphaGen range

Gartmore has added a seventh hedge fund to its AlphaGen range.The AlphaGen volantis fund uses a long and short equity approach to UK smaller companies. It is managed jointly by Rob Giles and Gervais Williams. Giles has 15 years investment management experience, including seven years at Singer & Friedlander. He joined Gartmore in April this […]

Scottish Mutual – Commercial Property Plan

Thursday, 17 October 2002 Type: Investment trust Aim: Income or growth by investing in commercial property Minimum investment: Lump sum £7,000 Maximum investment: £500,000 Investment split: 100% in commercial property Types of shares: Ordinary Isa link: Yes Pep transfers: Yes Redemption date: January 15, 2013 Charges: Implicit Special offer: Initial share price 99.5p a share […]

A workable solution

Most people in the pension industry would, I think, agree that the role of the employer is crucial to private-sector pensions in the UK. Making it easier for employers to offer and operate pension arrangements for their employees was certainly high on the Pickering review&#39s agenda.The difficulty in considering the role of the employer, as […]

A painful process?

The Mortgage Code Compliance Board&#39s December 31 deadline to qualify as a mortgage adviser is a matter of weeks away but it is estimated that half of all mortgage advisers are yet to obtain the necessary approved professional mortgage qualification.By the end of this year, any adviser providing mortgage advice and recommendation must have completed […]


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