Gilbert’s Growth: Martin Gilbert, outgoing vice chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen, was in mischievous form at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

Put to him, in an interview with news service CNBC, that the fund management veteran was now part of the “new wave” of financial services, having joined digital bank Revolut as chairman, Mr Gilbert quipped: “Well, I thought I’d try and make myself younger by growing a beard.”

Drinking buddies: Pub giant JD Wetherspoon wants to be friends with Europe after all. Founder Tim Martin has campaigned so ferociously for Brexit that his company has been throwing its weight behind products sourced outside the EU.

Now it plans cut prices on 10 drinks originating from within the bloc under its “Let’s Stay Friends” promotional offer.

Could it be that Brexit diehards have become worried about the price of Rioja? Just don’t expect Michel Barnier to pop in for a glass any time soon.

Gin hat-trick: The rise and rise of Scottish gin continues. Orkney Distilling has made its mark on the global stage by scooping three medals at this year’s World Gin Awards, we hear.

Signature spirit won Kirkjuvagr won silver in the London Dry category for Scotland, while sister brand Aurora took silver in the contemporary segment, also for Scotland. The distiller’s third accolade went to its newest gin, Beyla, which took bronze in the Old Tom

Gin category.