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London v Singapore: a score draw
Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 and tagged as Press
THERE was friendly sparring at the
Clyde & Co gym in Houndsditch on Wednesday night at the Autumn
Seminar of the London and South East branch of the Institute of
Chartered Shipbrokers as part of London International Shipping
It pitched entrepreneurial recruitment
consultant Heidi Heseltine against industry heavyweight veteran
Alan Marsh in a London versus Singapore merits battle subtitled:
"Is the sun setting in the west?"
In the red corner the graceful Ms
Heseltine - her company has offices in both cities - put a
Utopia-like case for Singapore: 15%-20% tax rate; low crime;
excellent health care and education; boundless networking
opportunities, indeed, "a location of choice" she said.
Furthermore, if the sun was setting in the
west, it was "shining at its brightest in Singapore", she
"Not so," said the former chief executive
of Braemar Seascope and past-president of the ICS emerging from the
red, white and blue corner. "News of the death of London is very
Wielding a strong punch, Marsh gave as an
example a discussion had with shipping tycoon John Fredriksen in
London the previous evening. Mr Fredriksen apparently said that he
preferred London to any other city in the world and visited as
often as he could. It was a city, he said ,where he "could pick the
brains of so many experts".
Suffice to say the gloves came off and a
draw was declared.
Lloyd's List Thursday 12th September 2013
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