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The Bottom Line: Herald Business Diary

Top Neds

Top Neds

WE now know the identity of the UK's leading Neds. And it's probably fair to say the wine they prefer is not produced by Benedictine monks.

More than 400 guests gathered at Claridge's Hotel in London for the 2014 non-executive director awards (Neds).

Organiser Peel Hunt says the awards recognise the achievements of non-execs who contribute daily to the success and growth of businesses. The Bottom Line understands the dress code for the night was black tie, not shell suits.

Pond life

WITH Saharan sand recently adding to the smog levels in the imperial capital, it is baffling to Bottom Line that anyone would want to walk outside in London, let alone exercise there.

However, the toxins are not deterring developers of King's Cross, who have applied for permission to create Europe's first manmade "natural pond" (us, neither) for people to swim in.

The most pleasing thing about it? The man behind the scheme is one Ian Freshwater.

Licensed to lease

TOP marks for imagination go to the PR team behind GVA James Barr and JLL, who revealed this week that two new tenants have been secured for Glasgow's "James Bond" building.

They handed the literary moniker to the now fully-let building on account of its fingerprint recognition door entry system. Reports that the offices are equipped with ejector seats in case tenants fail to pay the rent on time have not been substantiated.

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