Business people: Reality TV stars prove popular

Luisa Zissman is currently appearing in Celebrity Big Brother. Picture: PA
Luisa Zissman is currently appearing in Celebrity Big Brother. Picture: PA
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THe top ten list of the most searched-for company directors in 2013 would normally be headed by the likes of Lord Sugar and Sir Richard Branson. But Neville Wilshire?

Clearly, people have been keen to find out a little more about the unlikely star of the BBC’s hit show The Call Centre.

Famed for his “happy people sell” catchphrase and David Brent-style of management, Wilshire attracted viewers and ridicule in equal measure in the last year. He takes top billing ahead of Sugar, Branson and Dragons’ Den stalwart Duncan Bannatyne, who slides four places.

Meanwhile, Luisa Zissman, last year’s runner-up on The Apprentice, and currently appearing in Celebrity Big Brother, is the highest ranking female director on the list. She makes it into the overall listing – compiled by Creditsafe from its analysis of a database of three million limited companies and ten million directors – in sixth place.

Zissman once claimed: “I have the energy of a Duracell bunny, sex appeal of Jessica Rabbit and a brain like Einstein.” A combination sure to take you all the way in the world of business.

Heart-throb helps out with first aid

THOSE signing up for the Kiss of Life charity lunch in Glasgow at the end of the month will be serenaded by Scottish singer Darius, fresh from his latest starring role in London’s West End.

Darius, who shot to fame on the television talent show Pop Idol, had a number one single and has appeared in a number of West End musicals, including Chicago and Guys and Dolls. He is currently playing the lead role in From Here to Eternity.

The lunch, to support St Andrew’s First Aid, will be used to launch national heart month in association with Cardiac Science.

Scottish journalist and presenter Catriona Shearer, who was married last week at Edinburgh Castle, will be hosting the event.

To book your place, e-mail or call Lynsey or Rebecca on 0141 332 4031.

Peat to put his feet up by the fire

THE hunt has begun for someone to replace Jeremy Peat as director of the David Hume Institute.

Peat, who spent 12 years as chief economist at Royal Bank of Scotland and eight years as senior economic adviser at the Scottish Office, will retire from his post in April.

He will be a hard act to follow – his career has also included spells on the boards of Scottish Enterprise and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which runs Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park, and as a member of the Competition Commission.

Eco-home first for Allan Munro

Aviemore builder Allan Munro Construction will be building its first bespoke WeberHaus – a German eco-home – near Ellon in Aberdeenshire.

The family-owned firm became the sole Scottish agent for Weberhaus last year. Munro managing director Cameron Munro said the homes are well suited to the Scottish weather. “We’re now seeing strong interest from potential purchasers in Aberdeen,” he said.