Pembroke: Service with a song at Savoy

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Managers at the Savoy can look forward to some Julio Iglesias-type crooning from the new managing director, Ramon Pajares, if experience is anything to go by. In April, when Mr Pajares was managing director of the Four Seasons hotel in London, he invited heads of department to a leadership skills course at Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire.

After dinner, managers were asked to make up a song and regale the rest of the party with it. There were few takers, so the game Spaniard got up himself and launched into a passable rendition of the romantic Spanish ballad Besame Mucho (Kiss me Lots). Singing with great feeling, the showman hotelier also wiggled his hips, embraced himself and pretended to kiss an invisible dancing partner. Mr Pajares was unavailable for comment yesterday. Practising his act, perhaps.

Helena Rowe, the bubbly PR hackette at the Securities Institute, is considering legal action against a health farm at which she says she was roasted on a sunbed for an hour and a half. The incident occurred last month at Henlow Grange, a Hertfordshire health club, where Ms Rowe says she booked a half-hour session, fell asleep and woke 90 minutes later with uncomfortable burns to tender parts.

Mid-Bedfordshire council is investigating a possible contravention of the Health and Safety at Work Act and Ms Rowe is seeking legal advice regarding a possible claim for negligence. 'They refuse to talk to me. I only wanted my money back,' she says. A Henlow Grange spokeswoman was saying little yesterday: 'We are not aware of any impending prosecution in this matter.'

Was it a genuine slip or is the Financial Times keen to get its hands on Money Marketing, the salmon pink personal finance title owned by Centaur Communications?

Yesterday Pearson announced that the FTBI division, which includes Investor's Chronicle and the Banker, would be renamed Pearson Professional. To celebrate the occasion Pearson issued a glossy brochure depicting the new subsidiary's impressive array of titles, including, for some reason, Money Marketing. 'It is one of ours, isn't it?' Pearson stammered.

Pamela Stevens, a London beautician, has scooped up Options magazine's Women Mean Business Award. The thrice-divorced Ms Stephens, whose past jobs include nightclub manager and publican at an East End pub called the Nag's Head, now runs six beauty clinics. She has come a long way. She started the business 16 years ago with a pounds 500 loan from her gran.

Moves in the equities division of the broker James Capel. The stores analyst Quentin Price is to become head of UK research, replacing David Gray, who joins the equity capital markets group.

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