THE trade minister Lord Green, a former chief executive of banking giant HSBC, endeared himself to a gathering of lawyers in Edinburgh this week when he told the legal eagles: "I am something worse, namely a retired banker."
Speaking after a session arranged to highlight the opportunities for Scotland's lawyers to win work overseas, Lord Green confided: "I've been in the Shanghai Johnnie Walker store and it's incredible what the burgeoning middle classes of China will pay for tailor-made bottles of Scotch whisky."
THESE days business events tend to attract as many female guests as male company execs.
But at last year's CBI Scotland dinner we couldn't help but notice the queue outside the men's facilities was not replicated on the female side.
As the great and the good of the Scottish business world prepare to gather for the annual event at the Hilton in Glasgow this evening, we wonder whether the audience will be more evenly balanced this year.
NEWS reaches us of an interesting literary opportunity for firms in Dundee and Angus.
The local chamber of commerce is offering a one-day workshop next week to help businesses write more clearly for customers and suppliers.
The workshop, which takes place next Wednesday (September 11), is being run in conjunction with Work on Words, the plain language specialist.
In an age of baffling corporate dialect, we salute the chamber for its jargon-busting move.
THE Bottom Line's eyebrows were raised this week when peer-to-peer lending pawnbroker community FundingSecure said it had received a loan request for £40,000 against a yacht valued at £100,000.
The question is: if the family yacht isn't safe then what's next? We suspect several ponies across the UK must be worried.
AS the start of a new university year draws closer, we are reminded of how tough student life can be.
According to one internet comparison service, broadband is an essential utility for students today, vital for studying, socialising and staying in touch with loved ones. But it warns that it can also be expensive. With fibreoptic deals costing as much as £390 per year - around the same as 130 pints of lager - Broadbandchoices is urging students to shop around.
Students have our sympathy - it was certainly not £3 a pint when The Bottom Line propped up the union bar.