Business Diary: Politician required for IoD dinner gig
Friday 07 October 2011
Simon Walker, the new director-general of the Institute of Directors, has hit the ground running by launching proposals for a new economic growth plan at the Conservative Party conference within days of taking office. He has clearly not found any time for party planning, however. The latest issue of Director, the IoD's magazine, carries a glossy advert inviting readers to buy tickets for the organisation's black-tie annual dinner, which takes place next month. Journalist John Sergeant will speak, but from Westminster circles, the IoD can so far only offer "a senior politician to be announced".
Boris's Olympic nuisance call
There is consternation in the mobile phone industry, which has been anxiously talking to its operations executives since Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, complained last week that he was worried not enough network capacity was in place for the Olympic Games next summer. Piqued mobile phone executives point out, rather archly, that in some areas of the Olympic Park, only phones on one network will work – a by-product of a games sponsorship deal signed by Johnson's people with the operator O2.
The bankers doing it with style
The economy may be going to hell in a handcart, dragging the City down with it, but that's no reason for self-respecting bankers to let their standards slip. Step forward Cad and the Dandy, the Saville Row firm founded by a former City boy, which has launched a search to find Britain's best dressed banker. The prize is a £1,500 suit from the tailor.
The Apple clanger of the day
We can sort of see the point of a new service that gives people a secure place to store key digital data, such as bank account passwords, so that they can be easily located, in the event of their death, by a named executor. But did the folks behind the service really think yesterday, when the world was waking up to news of the death of Apple's Steve Jobs, was the best moment to unveil their new product, which they've christened iCroak? Or maybe it's an elaborate joke, in which case the public relations agency promoting the campaign, Extra Cover Media, probably needs to think a bit more carefully.
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