”Surely you've been to Borneo – you love headhunting.” – Colleague of Hamptons International Mortgages' Kevin Duffy remarks on his recruitment techniques.
”I'm an Indian virgin.” – Marketing support staff member at Bankhall's conference reveals her food preferences.
”No, seriously, we've got three nominations for Bankhall personality of the year.” – Bankhall chief executive Paul Hogarth.
”Here we have, growing very rapidly, ladies and gentlemen, Greg Dyke.” – Hogarth again.
”Is there anything good one can say about an actuary?” – Standard Life's Nathan Parnaby.
”Of course, I had to eat the scorpion.” – Parnaby again, on a trip to foreign climes.
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