Broker Fiske retains its integrity through thick and (this year) thin

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The Independent Online

After more than five decades working in the City, Clive Fiske Harrison, the chairman of the stockbroker Fiske, tells it like it is.

"The only good thing I can say about the results for the half-year ending 30 November 2012 is that the final figure is a plus, albeit a figure so small as to be insignificant," he told shareholders.

Fiske made a pre-tax profit of £5,000, down from £152,000 a year earlier.

Mr Harrison, 73, told investors: "The image of private client stockbrokers has been badly affected by recent events and we continue to stress our old-fashioned emphasis on value for money and integrity."

Fiske will pay a token dividend of 0.25p – or a farthing to its older shareholders.