Not more awards, we hear you ask? Yes, we are happy to announce the following awards for the people and companies who gave us the highs and lows of another difficult year.
Best corporate hospitality event that didn't come off Schroders balked at paying £90,000 for 14 tickets to each of England's qualifiers as well as one semi-final and the final itself, with no flights or accommodation – apparently the tickets were half-price returns from Enron.
Best mortgage PR invitation “Get lashed in Lille,” said the invite. No doubt what was planned for Axis PR's mortgage reporter trip to France.
Best press release on the bear market
Structured product specialist NDF Administration described the stockmarket as “staggering like a drunk”, while portfolios “resembled London in the Blitz” and investor confidence was “at depths last plumbed by the Titanic”.
Best pre-financial services job
In another life, Invesco Pensions chief executive David Butcher mixed the sound for Jimi Hendrix's last concert.
DEADLY CV award
Lansons PR Karen Brunskill, who names among former employers, a Suffolk undertakers- she would regularly arrive at work in a hearse. It's a family thing – Karen's mother works in the local crematorium.
Second best party of the year – obviously the Money Marketing boat party is the best – By a nose this is the Credit Suisse 70s disco (above), just pipping the Association of Investment Trust's sun-drenched midsummer bash at the French garden of the Coq D'argent in the City
A three-horse race – the bout at the AITC between an unnamed fund manager and an analyst who put a sell notice on his fund stopped by Bloomberg Money editor Julian Marr; the Caesar's Palace that is the Penrose summer party, where on some reports this year's brawl saw two City traders tumbling down the stairs, on others, there was no fight but someone wandered in off the street and fell down a hole in the floor; and the winner, the host of a wine-tasting event who assaulted Mortgage Edge editor Andrew Stewart because he dared to support the idea of Wayne Bridge playing left back for England.
Worst new corporate branding exercise
Some IFAs might say Scottish Life's sparkling Bright Grey but the prize goes to Aviva (Not NU's holding company but the website of a Vancouver-based Jewish lesbian group)
Worst undercover project name
Project Dyson, Norwich Union's codeword for hoovering up IFA distribution