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PR is a goody sport

A good hostess will always go beyond the call of duty to please her journalist guests, even if it means getting told off as a result.

Mitchell Moneypenny PR Sarah Wakefield was assisting a rather inebriated financial hack (not from MM, we are hasten to add), as she exited The Exchange press party last week, when said hack requested a goody bag, to which Sarah obliged.

The only problem was that the goody bags were gifts from an adjoining party, rather than the host and a bit of a jobsworth usher decided it was necessary to call the hotel manager to report the pair’s audacity.

“I asked nicely if we could have one, it’s not like we were going to nick one,” Sarah explains.

“I’m back. I’ve gone to the dark side.”

Former Jedi/NU press officer Lorna Wiltshire announces her return to financial services PR

“The Mothers Index? That’s something you should not look at – not without a large drink in your hand, anyway.”

Miton Optimal’s Sam Liddle

“Next time someone says they’re a friend of mine, best to check with me first.”

Kim North gives some sound advice.

“I don’t see why I should buy umbrellas when I get so many of them for free.”

Another fine money savings tip from HL’s Ben Yearsley

“Knight Rider was named after Stephen.”

GMAC’s Jeff Knight sees the irony in his boss Stephen Knight’s name, but not in his own, when recalling the classic 1980s David Hasselhoff TV series HBOS intermediaries managing director Nigel Stockton is asking for your help to raise money for charity as he and 10 other figures from the mortgage market run the New York Marathon on November 5. Stockton is running on behalf of the HBOS Foundation, which will match all funds donated, whose main beneficiary this year is ICAN – a charity for behaviourally disturbed children. Please send any donations by cheque, made payable to ‘HBOS Foundation’, to: Nigel Stockton, HBOS, PO Box 81, Pendeford Business Park, Wobaston Road, Wolverhampton, WV9 5HZ.


FSA investigates BNP arm Albion

The FSA is investigating the British National Party’s financial services arm Albion Life after concerns were raised about its unregulated status. In documents seen by Money Marketing, the FSA has responded to an enquiry about Albion with the statement: “We are aware of this firm and it is currently being investigated by the relevant department.” […]

Equity release sales creeping up, reveals Ship

Equity release sales rose slightly during the third quarter of the year. Figures from Safe Home Income Plans show its members wrote £295.1m in that period, an increase of 12.3 per cent on Q2 2006 but only 0.51 per cent ahead of Q3 2005. This contributes to an annual rolling year total figure of £1.13bn […]

Boulger calls for end to redemption confusion

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Skandia in £25bn multi-manager milestone

Skandia UK has passed the £25bn funds under man- agement mark for the first time. The company says this makes it the biggest multi- manager business, having pioneered open architecture more than 15 years ago. The £25bn is spread across its self-select fund range, which currently offers more than 400 funds from over 40 fund […]

Flexible reversionary trusts and estate planning

The suitability of different estate planning solutions will depend on the individual’s own circumstances, needs and objectives. When considering the different solutions available there is a trade-off between inheritance tax (IHT) efficiency and access. Overall a flexible reversionary trust provides a greater level of flexibility than a discounted gift trust and can offer individuals a […]


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