Sir Philip Green: 12 months as a villain

The news yesterday that Sir Philip Green would pay £363m into pension pot of his former business BHS begins to bring to a close a torrid year for the businessman.

Sir Philip Green (centre) with British Land chief Chris Grigg (right) at an event in 2011
Sir Philip Green (centre) with British Land chief Chris Grigg (right) at an event in 2011

Green was accused of negligence and greed over his role in the pensions crisis at the failed retailer, which he owned for a decade and a half. He spent much of the year under the glare of media and parliamentarians.

Here's how it panned out:

April 2016

The demise of BHS is one of the biggest stories in UK media, and eyes immediately turn to Sir Philip Green, who had previously been under fire for his tax arrangements.

May 2016

As public opinion turns against the businessman, he hits back at MPs for having orchestrated what he calls a "trial by media" over BHS's collapse. It emerges that he is working with the agency Maitland on his response to scrutiny.

June 2016

In another appearance in front of MPs, Sir Philip was irritable and again combative, but also won praise for being realistic and clear that he was working on a solution to the pension shortfall.

July 2016

Pressure on Sir Philip appeared to ease somewhat as Dominic Chappell, who took BHS from Green, entered the media spotlight with what one PR called a "naive" Newsnight interview, but then ramped up again. Another commentator suggested that Green had simply no other option but to pay up.

August 2016

There can be few greater ignominies than being named as PRWeek's Flop of the Month. We gave Green this title for his expletive-laden threats to throw a Sky reporter's camera into the sea, in a brief departure from his now infamous yacht.

September 2016

Chuckles aplenty as said yacht gets a rebrand.

October 2016

Green's status as an object of mirth is confirmed as news anchor Jon Snow lays into him as host of the PRWeek UK Awards.

December 2016

PRWeek names Sir Philip Green as having done even worse reputation-wise in 2016 than Sports Direct chief Mike Ashley. Ouch.

March 2017

Labour MP Frank Field, a consistent critic of Green, tells the BBC that a payment of £363m to the BHS pension pot would not necessarily stop him being stripped of a knighthood - nor salvage his reputation.


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