DIARY: EVENING OUT WITH ... THE FINANCIAL TIMES - There’s a lot more to FT sales than just business

6.45pm Momo

6.45pm Momo



It’s the launch of the FT’s slick new Saturday supplement, The

Business.



A suitably glamorous crowd packs the very Moorish Momo, a ’TGI Friday

meets Casablanca’.



’Who booked the ad for the dog psychologist?’ queries editor Julia

Cuthbertson.



Somebody called Emanuel Hill, apparently.



Later, Momo



FT people aren’t as stuffy as expected. Client sales manager Andrew

Skarzynski reveals his hobby is producing electronic dance music. Even

his pinstriped suit is more Milan than Jermyn Street.



Attractive waitresses force exotic foodstuffs on us. One, a statuesque

Germanic blonde, refuses to move on until we eat some mysterious pastry

parcels . ’Didn’t want to tell you before - but that’s pigeon,’ Andy

chortles.



Even later, Momo



By now we’re on the house speciality - vodka and lime with mint. Guests

are dancing with waitresses. One of the FT boys gets a date.



Young guns Vivienne Eka and Gary Kakoulli laugh about the fact that in

the distant past, the FT only employed people with posh accents. Now its

sales staff look more like pop stars than stockbrokers; the evening’s

been an eye-opener.



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