People and Business: Happy St George

SPEAKING OF family firms, Don Lewin, whose family owns 37 per cent of the ubiquitous Clinton Cards, named the shop chain after his son Clinton - who is now managing director.

Clinton Cards decided four years ago that St George's Day (23 April) was in need of pepping up as England's national day, and launched a range of cards accordingly.

Sales of St George's Day cards have risen from virtually zero back then to more than 60,000 by last Friday.