Subject: Fancy a break?
Sorry if the market is getting you down. I’m not finding it easy either. In fact Liz and I are off to Portugal in a couple of weeks. Would you and Brennan like to join us?
Subject: Builders and holidays.
Shirley and her partner (God, I hate that term!) were delighted, but can only spare a week – and they want to do some sightseeing, so we won’t see much of them. As for Terry Eastern, I hope he knows what he’s doing – it’s costing enough.
Subject: Tough times!
I take my hat off to you – the end August figures still show you up with the leaders. My performance is far from sparkling. I hope Hugh isn’t planning redundancies, but I do see our net sales figures have fallen off a cliff.
Subject: An autumn seminar?
Thanks for all you’ve done – and thank Jamie, too. It is face-to-face meetings that really keep clients on board. Any chance you and he could speak at our regular seminar?
Subject: Thanks again.
Sorry to duck out of lunch, but Hugh wanted me. My IFA contact was most pleased with the material you supplied but wondered if we could do a double act at one of his seminars. It’s in the West Country next month.
Subject: Are you serious?
I feel honoured you consider me worth a Michelin starred meal but do you really believe you can pull this off? Look at the trouble New Star are in. It’s not as if our product is flying off the shelf. This is a high risk strategy in my view.
To be continued…