Word reaches me that Charles Cook, chief executive of corporate and
financial agency Grandfield, likes to keep a tight rein on his staff
during holiday periods.
While the beneficent Cook allowed his staff the full bank holiday out of
the office last weekend he did impose some conditions. A copy of an
office e-mail, originating from Cook’s desktop, has fallen into my
In it Cook decrees that employees stay loyal to clients all weekend
’Your pub of choice is owned by Eldridge Pope (Grandfield handles the
pub chain’s financial and corporate PR): your subsequent preferred
public convenience is a Decaux superloo; your mail order gift must come
from Flying Flowers,’ commands Cook.
The list goes on with Cook even inciting his employees to splash out at
exclusive clothes shop Linea Limited, also a client, in
Cook also offers a special prize for anyone who goes the whole hog and
buys a house from Grandfield client Taywood Homes.
One Grandfield director assures me that the memo was all a bit of good
fun. But if you were out and about last weekend and saw a group
stumbling from pub to pub, clutching bunches of flowers and complaining
about property prices you’ll know why.