People & Business: Some traders in the City tried to write a ditty...

How many words can you think of that rhyme with Durex? London International Group have launched a new web site targeted at the financial community, and are holding a limerick competition to celebrate.

The LIG web site team have devised an on-line competition with a grand prize of a romantic weekend at Tylney Hall in Hampshire for the lucky winner.

To qualify, entrants have to invent a printable limerick using the brand names of at least two of LIG's products. These include Durex, Sheik and Rameses (condoms), Marigold (washing up gloves), and Mister Baby (health and beauty aids). There are other brands on the web site, whose address is:

The web site also contains stuff about share prices and company developments. LIG already has a Durex web site.

You have until 24 March to enter your ditties via the Internet, and the winner will be announced, appropriately enough, on April Fool's Day.

Nick Hodges, chief executive of LIG, says: "The success of our Durex site, which has had over 6 million hits in 12 months, has convinced us that the Net is already a very effective communications medium.

"The new corporate site is interactive, animated and will be constantly updated, enabling users to access news on the latest developments within the Group as well as a library of historic data."

As for the limerick competition, the only words I can think of so far which rhyme with Durex are hex, Lex and Beck's. Good luck.

It wasn't just the England football team that had a bad time on Wednesday.

Ladbroke, which has a link with Hilton Hotels, was busy preparing a press release on the $10bn hostile bid by Hilton for hotels and casio group ITT in the US.

Then a builder outside Ladbroke's Watford head office drilled through the main power line and scuppered the publication.

Ladbroke's misfortunes continued into the evening, when they were hosting the launch of a new spread betting service in the City. Guest speakers included footballer Mick Channon and John Parrott, the snooker player, who were invited to give their wisdom on the England/Italy game, which was screened live for the guests.

Predictably, the atmosphere turned a bit flat when Zola planted the ball in the back of England's onion bag.

"We won't be running one of these events again in a hurry," muttered a Ladbroke spokesman afterwords.

This week has marked the return of Cameron Brown, the ex-Guinness Mahon director who steered the growth of Abaco Investments until it was bought by British & Commonwealth in 1988. Mr Brown is back in business with C&B Publishing.

Trading started on AIM last Friday. Placed at 110p the shares moved to 165p on Friday and then up a further 15p on Monday.

C&B Publishing is a holding company for a group launched in 1989 by Mr Brown and Mark Collins, a scion of the Collins publishing clan, who was previously deputy chairman of Weidenfeld Publishers.

C&B's shareholders include Paul Tierney, a director of VAL Corporation, parent of United Airlines and principal of US investment house Gollust, Tierney & Oliver. They also include Tim Razzall, former chief executive of solicitors Frere Cholmeley Bischoff and also national treasurer of the Liberal Democrats.

What have Hampton Court Palace, Wormwood Scrubs and wallpaper maker Borden Decorative Products got in common?

Their respective managements have all taken part in the annual Venture business game held by the Bradford Management Centre.

The business world's equivalent of fantasy football, it relies heavily on computer models of company life. Top bods meet every fortnight over six months to mull management decisions for a virtual company. The winners this year will pick up pounds 18,000 of Hewlett Packard equipment.

If you fancy yourself as a virtual Branson, contact: Venture Competition, University of Bradford Management Centre, tel 01274 384416.

peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Arts and Entertainment
Highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
New Articles
i100... with this review
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Senior BA - Motor and Home Insurance

£400 - £450 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: **URGENT CONTRACT ROLE**...

Market Risk & Control Manager

Up to £100k or £450p/d: Saxton Leigh: My client is a leading commodities tradi...

SQL Developer - Watford/NW London - £320 - £330 p/d - 6 months

£320 - £330 per day: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group have been engaged by a l...

Head of Audit

To £75,000 + Pension + Benefits + Bonus: Saxton Leigh: My client is looking f...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam