To survive this cash-flow catastrophe, it launched an appeal for pounds 5.5m through Townsley & Co. Unaware that this relatively obscure firm of stockbrokers had a corporate finance department, investors were further astounded when they were told to contact one Mark Gould of said department.
'Yes, he is my son,' admitted the proud father, Jeffrey. 'He is a 21-year-old graduate who was recruited straight out of university two weeks ago. I promise, he had nothing to do with the recent deal.'