A piece of land in the country is a fine aspiration for any City gentleman, but it could also prove a shrewd investment move. With the markets far from certain and inflation a concern, farmland is looking more and more appealing.
Paul Walsh, chief executive of drinks giant Diageo; Sam Laidlaw, chief executive of British Gas-owner Centrica; and Dick Olver, chairman of defence group BAE Systems, all put money into film schemes developed by tax advisers at Ingenious Media.
When the shareholders of Barclays file into the Royal Festival Hall today for the bank's annual meeting, they will be heading for a showdown with chief executive Bob Diamond that could prove a watershed for boardroom pay.
Utilities in the U.K., including Centrica Plc, are earning more than three times as much as German generators based on next-month clean-dark spreads, a profit measure that includes coal, power and emissions prices.
Direct Energy, which is a subsidiary of U.K.-based multinational Centrica Plc, offers several retail electricity brands in Texas, including Direct Energy, First Choice Power, CPL Retail Energy and WTU Retail Energy.