Business Diary: Casting aspersions on our bosses
Thursday 02 December 2010
Marc Bolland, the boss of Marks & Spencer, Eric Daniels, the chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group, and Andrew Witty, the top man at GlaxoSmithKline, ought to consult their lawyers. Illicitencounters.com, the rather tacky website that puts professionals seeking a bit of extramarital fun in touch with each other, made its most insulting announcement yet yesterday. It has apparently offered 60 bosses of FTSE 100 companies – in particular, it namechecks Bolland, Daniels and Witty – free membership of the site, "encouraging them to cheat online". What on earth is it suggesting about these respectable gentlemen?
KPMG preparesto pop the corks
Proof, if it were needed, that there is money in misery. When the off-licence group First Quench, the owner of Threshers and Wine Rack, went into administration last year, thousands of people lost their jobs not long before Christmas. Still, on a more positive note, it turns out that the accountancy firm KPMG enjoyed a happy festive season: its latest progress report to Companies House on the administration, for which it is responsible, reveals it has so far billed a little over £11m for work at First Quench. Cheers.
Vauxhall workers steer green course
Good to see that Vauxhall workers in Ellesmere Port were kept busy last year when their US parent company General Motors looked as if might be slipping into an early grave. They have just won a Wildlife Habitat Council award for their efforts to manage 10 acres of the Cheshire car plant site for conservation purposes. The land includes woodlands, grasslands and freshwater wetlands (and presumably not too many production lines). Bless them.
When Playboy met Facebook
Dylan Collins, chairman of Jolt Online Gaming, an outfit that specialises in games for social networking sites such as Facebook, is particularly proud of his latest launch: Playboy Party. You'll have to find out more about the product for yourself – we couldn't quite face it – but Mr Collins says: "We almost went blind developing this game but we think Playboy Party will keep you entertained anywhere you can access your Facebook account". Altogether now: yuck.
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