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Swip staff answer the call

The Diary gets many press releases in its email box each week but one from mortgage PR guru Richard Hurst caused amusement in the office last week.

In a bid to get publicity for his client, specialist lender Swift Group, Hurst revealed how the firm had chosen a member of staff to be the voice on the firm’s phone system. The release said that around 50 staff had competed for this highly esteemed job, with securities supervisor Penny Remington crowned the winner.

The Diary would like to say well done to Penny. We look forward to hearing her voice on the firm’s system soon.


Indian summer

China seems to hog all the headlines, no doubt helped by hosting of the Olympic Games this year. In the investment world, there are now several funds that invest in China but, in contrast, there are very few funds that invest in a country which has just as much and arguably more potential – India. […]

Sense of venture

Venture capital trust fund-raisings have continued to fall from the heady sums achieved during the bumper years of 2003-06 and investors could be forgiven for thinking that these investment vehicles have had their day.


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