Boys, boys: behave yourselves. First little Jimmy Hanson makes a bid for something, then - sure as eggs are eggs - little Owie Green at BTR follows. If Owie announces a growth in his market capitalisation to £9 billion, then Jimmy will pitch in with £11 million. They compete in other ways, too, and as members of their respective gangs leave to build their own mountains, they take the competitive spirit with them, determined to do as well if not better than their opposite numbers. And haven't these old boys done well by their mentors? On Jimmy's side are Greg Hutchings, ex-Hanson acquisitions manager, who presently runs the £1.4 billion Tomkins conglomerate; Owie retaliates with former BTR sidekick John Cahill, who has just taken over at British Aerospace (so there). Jimmy picks Jeremy Marshall, ex-Hanson and now CE at De La Rue; Owie replies with Norman Ireland, ex-BTR and now CE at Bowater. Jimmy plumps for Christopher Miller and Philip Turner at Wassall, and ... but you get my drift.
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