”You know Christmas has arrived in York when there's a queue for the park and ride on Christmas Eve.” – Norwich Union marketing director Simon Quick.
”I'm too old to be headbanging.” – Aifa director of policy Fay Goddard.
”I have made a career out of being down market.” – Industry guru Keith Popplewell spurns a posh restaurant in favour of a humble pub lunch, ”To lose someone from the glamorous world of media relations to the compliance department. The shame.The shame.” – CIS head of communications Russ Brady on the departure of Alison Richardson.
”The staff do the easy bit, like write the three-page press releases while I do the difficult bits, like choose the canapes.” Standard Life Investments' Joanna Bradley.
”She has only moved to London to find a husband.” – Aegon communications chief Scott White on colleague Lesley MacPherson.
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