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Ice puts block on party

Poor Axa Framlington. Imagine the horror of its PR agency Polhilll when it had to phone up every journalist that had been invited to its World Cup party at the winter wonderland that is Ice Space that is was cancelled.

The event promised to be an affair to remember – a combination of ice sculpture, illumination, technology, music, cuisine visual arts and performance amid over 2,000 blocks of ice. Sadly, the event was closed down prematurely “due to lack of funding”. Or would that be liquidation? Did the Ice Space melt, we wonder?p British Insurance managing director Simon Burgess showed his softer side recently in rushing to the aid of a rare Bavarian bear after hearing that German authorities had called for hunters to shoot the animal for killing too many sheep and chickens. Showing just how caring the insurance industry can be, Burgess insured the animal for over 1m for any loss, damage or death to the animal and is hoping that the move could help the tallest man in insurance enter the Guinness Book of Records.

It has been said that working at Money Marketing can be a springboard to better things and that has certainly been the case for ex-MM investment reporter Matt Davis, who is working as an unpaid intern at the Portland Mercury in the Western US as well as writing this week’s Correspondent’s Week. As the picture suggests, the former Davis’s Discounts columnist has adjusted well to the move from the easy-going world of retail investment to the cut and thrust of modelling downmarket American fashion – and look at those arms.


Jupiter could float as staff get incentives

Jupiter Asset Management’s owner Commerzbank says it will decide whether to float the firm on the London Stock Exchange by the end of the year. City estimates value Jupiter at 1bn although both sides stress no decision has been made. Jupiter recently put in place a long-term incentive scheme for key managers, echoing Gartmore’s lock-in […]

Service is top priority for NU

Insurer brings in training and development to improve its service standard levels and increase response rates


Matt Goodman looks at the investment industry’s reaction to Anthony Bolton’s claim that the bull market run is coming to an end

Which? warns of overseas property perils

Consumer body Which? has warned of the danger of buying property abroad.In a move likely to alert mortgage brokers, for whom the overseas market is becoming increasingly important, Which? says estate agents, lawyers and property management companies all have a vested interest in customers buying abroad regardless of whether the property is appropriate or affordable.Buying […]

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