Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

City Spy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

City Spy

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THINGS must have been stressful at the BBC this week when last years Apprentice winner, Michelle Dewberry, cancelled her appearance on the live BBC2 post-mortem show, hosted by Adrian Chiles. But a quick ringaround, and Ultimo bra peddler Michelle Mone was found to step in alongside fellow guest Kirsty Wark. But why pick small fry Mone out of all this countrys intelligent entrepreneurs? The truth is, theyre a close set, these Apprentice celebs. Take their after-dinner speaking arrangements, for example. Entertainments agency Speak Out! , owned by TMC Entertainment, has on its books Dewberry, Mone, Wark, Chiles and, of course, Sir Alan Sugar. Not to mention last years runner-up, Ruth Badger.

AS it happened, gobby Glaswegian Michelle Mone made for entertaining viewing managing to come across as being even more repellent than the repugnant Katie Hopkins. Mone moaned imperiously about how Hopkins acted like a big player in the corporate world, when in fact she was a nobody. The obvious implication being unlike me. So just how successful is Ms Mone currently? We will never know. Her MJM International business

which, according to its website, holds her Ultimo and other bra licences is so titchy it does not even file full accounts at Companies House.

MONE chided Tre

the scary sweary one

for his inability to get on with people: Youll spend all your time in employment tribunals, she said. She should know. An employment tribunal found last year that her MJM company had been guilty of sex discrimination in the case of call centre supervisor Claire Woods. MJM became hostile to Woods after she announced she was pregnant, and told her to accept new office hours or face demotion and a pay cut. Mone was ordered to pay [pounds sterling]10,680 but failed to do so by the 42-day deadline.

AN idea for how the Financial Times should see off the threat of a Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal: US online magazine Slate says it should raid the Journal and in one swoop steal 100 of its best reporters and editors. …

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