DIARY: Herculean efforts gets Lowe Bell team off the streets and into a castle

Tourists seeing the sights of London were met with a strange spectacle a fortnight ago. Habitually pinstriped executives from Lowe Bell Political and Lowe Bell Financial teamed up with financial hotshots from Schroders and James Capel and City lawyers from Herbert Smith to don t-shirts and hunt for hidden treasure.

Tourists seeing the sights of London were met with a strange

spectacle a fortnight ago. Habitually pinstriped executives from Lowe

Bell Political and Lowe Bell Financial teamed up with financial hotshots

from Schroders and James Capel and City lawyers from Herbert Smith to

don t-shirts and hunt for hidden treasure.



Was this the latest management bonding fad or a new type of pub

crawl?



Far from it. In fact chemicals company Allied Colloids, which last month

saw off a hostile bid by US giant Hercules, leaping instead into the

arms of Swiss white knight CIBA Speciality Chemicals, was rewarding its

takeover team for all its hard work.



Kitted out in brightly-coloured team t-shirts with swans, flamingos and

pelicans on them, big cheeses including Kevin Bell of Lowe Bell

Political and David Beck of Lowe Bell Financial used their powers of

deduction to trace a route from St Paul’s Cathedral to Victoria, via the

National Gallery.



Was it all worth it? Well, a swish dinner was awaiting those who arrived

bedraggled at Leeds Castle in Kent. Bell assures me that they earned it:

’It was quite tiring,’ he says.



I’m not certain of what losing company Hercules has planned for its team

at Financial Dynamics but its certainly not the elusive treasure of a

fat success fee.



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