EVERY little helps, as the Tesco slogan goes. So the price-conscious supermarket giant will be pleased to learn that the competitively remunerated London employees of Rothschild receive daily luncheon vouchers for the sum of £3 that can be refunded in any of its stores.
But Rothschild’s solicitous attempts to ensure its workforce is well fed don’t stop there. Thanks to an “arrangement” with one of the bank’s clients, understood to be in the poultry farming line of business, The Capitalist hears every member of the London office is also being given a free turkey this Christmas.
Staff have already filled in their order forms for the fowls – which come in small, medium or large options – in a heartwarming display of Dickensian largesse.
A word of warning though – the large birds, which feed a small army of 20, are reportedly so big one banker last year had to cut her feathered Christmas bonus in half before it would fit in the oven…
ENTERTAININGLY for a pressure group supposedly protesting against capitalism, the Occupy London Stock Exchange activists spent a lot of energy debating which bank should hold their expanding assets at their general meeting.
“Are we seriously standing here and talking about the ethics of transferring money?” quibbled one member as the merits of The Co-op versus the Post Office as a recipient of the movement’s £4,000 donations dominated the agenda.
By the time the group had covered whether paper cups can be recycled and ratified the on-site intoxication policy – 40 per cent voted for “discreet use” of drugs and alcohol – there was no time to decide what the protest actually stands for. “We have not discussed anything ideological, which is a shame,” concluded the minutes. “We need to keep ourselves here for a reason, but we still haven’t decided what the reason is.”
THERE IS more than one visionary in the Saatchi advertising dynasty – step forward Edward, son of Maurice Saatchi, whose tech start-up NationalField has launched in the UK following a road test on Barack Obama’s election campaign in the US.
The private social network, which connects managers to their underlings, aims to do for big business what Facebook has done for individuals – hence Saatchi Jnr’s new billing as “the UK’s answer to Mark Zuckerberg”.