British and Commonwealth Holdings, the company voted the UK's 'most respected' financial organisation was also voted top in its sector for 'long-term investment potential', 'management calibre' and its 'contribution to Britain's commercial standing abroad'. I rediscovered this fascinating information in a copy of The Most Respected Companies In The UK dated 1988 - a year when the wine still flowed freely - when I was busy cleaning out a filing cabinet. This Hemmington Scott publication was based on a survey of the opinions of 409 investment analysts and 648 directors of public quoted companies.
Brent Walker was voted second for 'asset management skills' in the leisure sector. Maxwell Communications was ranked fourth for 'contribution to Britain's 10e commercial standing abroad' (presumably they must have had Liechtenstein or some such place in mind) in the publishing and printing sector.
For 'asset management skills' in the property sector, Mountleigh group was voted second, and Polly Peck was rated sixth for 'financial stability' in the mining finance and overseas traders category.