Business diary: Jewellery launch makes city sparkle

Jameela Jamil is launching a jewellery collection this week. Picture: Getty
Jameela Jamil is launching a jewellery collection this week. Picture: Getty
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TELEVISION and radio presenter Jameela Jamil will be joined by stylist Angela Scanlon at a party in Edinburgh this week to launch a jewellery collection.

The MyRingsMyStyle campaign, which promotes stacking rings, takes place at Pandora in Multrees Walk on Friday evening and a number of celebrities are expected to attend. Part of the campaign was shot at locations around Edinburgh, including the castle.

Jamil, who is also a model, is a BBC Radio One presenter and has appeared on various Channel 4 programmes. She presented T4 from 2009 until 2012 when the show ended. She will be at similar parties for the jewellery campaign in London and Manchester.

A toast to Scotch

Cabinet Secretary for rural affairs and the environment Richard Lochhead staked his claim for Scotland’s best job last week at a gathering in Holyrood.

The Moray MSP has proclaimed himself “minister for whisky”, and his duties do sound like they fit the bill. There was an evening event at the parliament, organised by fellow MSP Kevin Stewart, to honour Blair Bowman’s efforts in setting up World Whisky Day. Then on the day itself, there was a whisky tasting in Glasgow.

Bowman, who set up his global celebration of the dram while still a student, had to tone down the festivities last year as they fell in the middle of his final exams. But he was back this year with his own blend of whisky, which met with the approval of Alex Salmond – so perhaps Lochhead has competition for the prime job.

Cautious living

You would expect the directors of a life and pensions company to be financially prudent, but surely given the pay being doled out at Standard Life they might permit themselves the odd Italian sports car?

Asked at the company’s annual general meeting at the EICC if, like pensions minister Steve Webb, he would encourage pensioners to spend some of their pot on a Lamborghini, chairman Gerry Grimstone said he doubted he could even spell the word.

Nor would chief executive David Nish be buying one. After all, he has to get by on £4 million after last year’s pay cut.

Oddly enough…

Edinburgh company Morgan Goodwin, launched last week to market a system aimed at helping exporters cut through red tape, highlights the international experience of its management team with online biographies each including a quirky fact.

Apparently founder and chairman Mark Sheahan has no fewer than 192 international artefacts dotted around his apartment. It must have been a quiet night with nothing on the telly…