And a degree of understated leadership sits well with the hubris. Although his group is suffering with the rest of the industry - it made its first loss for five years in the six months to December - it is less highly geared than most rivals. 3i's strong mid-market focus, wide geographic spread and 60 years of experience leaves it in good shape to exploit the upswing.
The Treasury has a lot of thinking to do about how they will implement a revenue-based tax.
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'To my amazement, he actually picked up,' says Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury.