It was - Andrew is the son of Willie Purves, Hongkong's chairman and now Sir Willie in the New Year Honours. The boy got his loan.Reuse content
EARLIER this year, Andrew Purves decided to open a furniture shop in Tottenham Court Road, in London. He formed a company called Purves & Purves and applied to Midland Bank for a loan. Any caution the bank must have felt - opening a furniture shop was hardly the thing to be doing in the midst of a deep recession - was no doubt soon dispelled when a sharp-eyed Midland employee ordered a check, just to be safe, that this was not the Purves who chairs Hongkong Bank - which has bought the Midland.