Simon Cowell pops into retail bash to surprise Philip Green

TO Mayfair last night for the Oracle Retail Week Awards, where there was a surprise showbiz guest of honour in the form of Simon Cowell.

The music mogul was at the black tie Grosvenor dinner to present Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green with the Outstanding Contribution to Retail award.
Other winners were John Lewis for Retailer of the Year, Aldi for Growth Retailer, Zara took International Retailer and supermarket Marks & Spencer won the Corporate Social Responsibility prize.

■ Blackberry’s latest software security innovation (see p3) may be of interest to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), which has lost 83 BlackBerrys and 17 laptops in the last five years. A freedom of information request by intelligence firm Veracode also revealed that BIS recorded one personal laptop and one personal BlackBerry going awol. A representative from BIS said: “We are not able to differentiate whether an item has been lost or stolen” and that “we do not record information on the estimated replacement values of the items.” Good to see such tight budget control in these straitened times.