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”I didn’t know where to look. I was worried it might bring it on early.”
Pregnant Santander senior media relations manager Lara Lipsey frets that the butlers in the buff serving drinks at the Sex and the City 2 reception might have an unwelcome effect on her.

“Hello press ups. Oops, I mean press office.”
A DWP press officer is clearly thinking about buffing his guns, rather than the pressing issue of whether Nest will survive the axe.

“Did I mention I live in W1?”
Santander press officer David Stewart reminds everyone of his postcode during a night out with MM hacks.

“I just put down one phone and the other phone startied ringing. It was like old times.”
The Mortgage Practitioner principal Danny Lovey gets nostalgic about the boom days as a mortgage broker.


Murray rises in the East

Bruce Stout has overseen a considerable West to East asset allocation shift since taking on the 102-year-old Murray International trust in 2004. When he inherited the near-£1bn global equity portfolio, the UK position was around 40 per cent with a further 15 per cent in the US. The weightings now stand at 14 per cent […]


Call for CGT taper relief wins industry backing

Advisers have voiced their support for Conservative backbencher John Redwood’s proposals for a capital gains tax regime tapered to encourage long-term investments. The Government has proposed significantly raising CGT in line with levels of income tax but Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith hinted over the weekend that the Government is listening to industry […]

Skandia launches 20 single manager funds

Skandia is to launch 20 single manager funds under the Signature banner. Skandia Investment Group will manage the funds.  The Signature range will comprise four British equity funds, one property, two British fixed interest, three global fixed interest, two European equity, three North American equity, one Japanese equity, two Far East excluding Japan equity and […]

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Auto-enrolment — don’t leave it too late…

With auto-enrolment (AE) well under way for the UK’s largest businesses, over the next three years an additional 800,000 smaller employers (with less than 60 employees) will start their journey to comply with the legislation. AE mandates all eligible employees and their respective employers to make regular pension contributions into a qualifying pension scheme. To learn more about the legislation read our brief Jelf AEase — simple steps to AE compliance guide.


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