Business Diary: Greeks splashing out in London

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It seems not everyone in Greece has got the message that it is time to pull in their horns during these difficult times. The British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual London conference next week, with Greece's debt crisis high on the agenda – there'll even be progress reports from Greek officials on the troubled country's privatisation process. Still, unlike back home, no expense is being spared at the bash – it will even be held atClaridge's, one of the poshest Mayfair hotels.

Taxman to net double faulters

Attention all those living in South-West London: if you've been planning on renting out your home to a tennis player during Wimbledon fortnight – and why not, since the top properties can go for as much as £15,000 a week – don't even think about not mentioning the money to the taxman. Accountant Blick Rothenberg has had a tip off that HM Revenue & Customs inspectors are planning on some surprise visits in the Wimbledon area during this year's tournament, amid concern that not everyone has, in the past, been as honest as they should.

Microsoft gives Gap the X factor

Whatever has Gap done to offend Microsoft? Order confirmations from the US clothes retailer through the software giant's hotmail service come accompanied with a stern warning complete with a bright red X on it. "This e-mail looks very suspicious to our Smartscan filters," it warns before going on to explain that much of the visual content has been blocked. Could it be that Gap's customer service department let someone down at Microsoft?

Sir Ranulph teams up with StanChart

Congratulations to Standard Chartered, which has signed up the adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes as an ambassador for Seeing is Believing – the charity which the bank helps promote eyecare in the developing world. Sir Ranulph began his new role by officially launching the Great City Race. The event, scheduled for 14 July, will see 6,500 City workers compete in a 5k race round the financial district of London to raise money for the charity; as if the mere thought of making lots of money for someone else wasn't enough to prompt many of them to break into sweat.

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