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

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.