Business functions can be lacklustre affairs, so how can a firm spice up its office party or corporate conference? Those seeking that elusive je ne sais quoi for their event could do a lot worse than enlist the services of a firm that will supply a lookalike of a famous person.
For example, London firm Splitting Images woke up a sleepy computer company seminar by providing a `Madonna floorshow' at 7am .To enliven a trade fair for those in the compressed-air business, it supplied a Marilyn Monroe who, standing on a wind machine, sang every 15 minutes for four days.
For the more staid, politicians seem a favourite. Says Julie Rainie, of Susan Scott Lookalikes: `For business dos we get a lot of John Majors and Bill Clintons - we had Ken Clarke last week.' A nice idea - let's hope he delivered the feelgood factor that remains so elusive to his real-life counterpart.