DIARY: Mayday Pay Day sees big money men unite to give their donation

Readers may recall that Sir Martin Sorrell, the group chief executive of WPP, and Chris Ingram, the outgoing chairman of Tempus, are not exactly what you might call the best of friends.

When Havas dropped out of the bidding for Tempus, Sorrell found himself responsible for bidding 555p each for shares then trading at 448p. And Chris Ingram, who it had been said would rather lick the floor of an abattoir than be taken over by WPP, was obliged to recommend just such an offer to his shareholders.

Anyway, this week all that nastiness has been forgotten. The two men have agreed to sign up for Nabs' Mayday Pay Day - where staff in agencies donate the money they would have earned on the 6 May bank holiday to the charity.

Figures for one day's pay for the year 2000 put Sorrell's daily salary and fees at roughly £2,340 and Ingram's salary at £948. If it includes bonuses, the figures leap to £5,907 and £1,547 respectively. Either way (and allowing for Campaign's useless way with figures), it's good to see those at the top of the business putting their money where their good intentions are.


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