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Making Hay while the idea shines

Archimedes came up with his big idea while getting into the bath, Isaac Newton&#39s brainwave struck him under an apple tree and the blueprint for Abbey National&#39s Sipp administration service subsidiary James Hay was drawn up under a table.

The Diary understands that back in 1995, James Hay managing director Jan Regnart worked out the company&#39s new Sipp offering on the back of a matchbox under her dining-room table.

Why was the teetotal Regnart under the table? Apparently seeking peace and quiet to record the voiceovers for a life company presentation by creating a recording studio by surrounding her dining room table with sofa cushions.

The idea was born and she has grown the operation from 15 to 350 employees – nothing wrong with a bit of bunker mentality.

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