‘So what accounting issues can we expect on the front of the bean counters bible this Thursday dear TS?’, one of Ernst & Young’s media team asked during yesterday evening’s rather pleasant but windy champagne summer reception at the firm’s One More Place in London.
‘Well, there’s the issue over the Finance Bill, Grant Thornton and BDO Stoy Hayward ramping up their mid-tier profiles in the face of Big Four dominance, and…’
TS was then suddenly stopped in its tracks. In the middle of some riveting bean counting banter TS was halted mid-convo as four ‘tourists’ suddenly decided to doggedly slip through a very small gap between the firms’ HQ and the Thames in order to gate crash the press bash. This was quite clearly an attempt to scoop a few glasses of free bubbly and some of those delicious deep fried Camembert’s that were being dished out by a handful of courteous catering staff. ‘Oooh yes, I will have one more sausage please’ TS was heard repeating several times.
Luckily these ‘dangerous’ felons were politely ushered away and the mingling could continue. Unfortunately, as TS turned round to natter a bit more, we were informed that E&Y’s chairman, Nick Land ‘could not be with us’, instead he was flying back from Ghana where he had been visiting some of the firm’s employees.
TS was pleased the unwelcome guests had been dealt with but it’s a pity they didn’t get to meet Mr Land in the flesh.
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