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Holding a candle to Roman

Another milestone for Ken Davy this week as the Simplybiz boss is compared with Roman Abramovich in a Daily Mail sports column.

Although admitting the Huddersfield Town owner has a little less than 7.5bn in the bank, the “Roman of the North” is praised for stepping in to take the club out of administration in 2003. It also mentions Davy’s target for Huddersfield to become a top 30 team by 2008. This could be beyond even Davy’s legendary talents.

“I was wearing elf ears.”

Syndaxi’s Robert Reid on how he spent his Christmas holiday break.

“I’m the ham in the sandwich in between Adair Turner and Anthony Bolton.”

Close IM’s David Sherman on being pictured in MM.

“We’re great at running an insurance company but rubbish at directions.”

Royal Liver’s Steve Burnett apologises for his late arrival at MM’s offices.

“Meeting Money Marketing is like Christmas Day, you treat it with joy and apprehension. Like the thought of Santa’s presents and having to deal with the mother-in-law.”

Park Row’s Peter Sprung.

“Boy from the Bronx makes good.”

Sprung again.

“She’s another Scouser, just like me.”

Sprung yet again about an MM reporter from Crewe.


Standard Life launches Dublin centre

Standard Life is entering the offshore market, this week launching their international office in Dublin. The life company told Money Marketing in June it would be opening the office in early 2006, having submitted its application in March 2005 for Standard Life International Limited, which has now been approved by the regulator.Chief executive Murray Drummond […]

Standard Life launches new business tracking service

Standard Life has launched an online new business tracking facility for advisers within the Client View aggregation service of its adviserzone website.The tracking service is available for the companys life protection series, bonds, personal pensions and Sipp contracts offering advisers real time status reports on new business applications and increments.Standard Life sales e-commerce manager Billy […]

Crystal clear

Before I conclude my recent series of articles looking at expected returns from the main asset classes, I would like to develop a little further the projections for equities on which my last article mostly concentrated.

Sprung taking over as Park Row’s chief with aim to double advisers

Peter Sprung has taken the helm at Park Row and is pledging to more than double the firm’s number of advisers within the next three years. He has been promoted to chief executive following the move to combine Park Row’s adviser division with parent company’s Royal Liver’s salesforce to create Park Row, A Royal Liver […]

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Pension Wise — now taking calls…

Those with decent-length memories will recall that in the 2014 Budget statement George Osborne announced the new (and entirely unexpected) pension freedoms. The new rules come fully into force in less than two weeks.


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