Wheels of fury: Philip ‘Ferrari Phil’ Clarke
Tesco insiders claim Philip Clarke upset a number of people while at the helm of the supermarket giant.
Having told managers their Christmas bonus had been cut the Liverpudlian took delivery of a new Ferrari at one of Tesco’s training facilities.
Clearly a man of the people.
Friends say Ferrari Phil is planning a comeback now the criminal investigation engulfing Tesco has decided not to charge him.
Predecessor Sir Terry Leahy accused him of a ‘failure of leadership’ – so where could cuddly Clarke pop up?
Buried deep inside a report shouting about the merits of the Eurotunnel is a chapter devoted to pet travel.
The Channel Tunnel owner explains that 2m four-legged friends have enjoyed journeys in Le Shuttle since 2000.
Unsurprisingly its service has proved popular with cat and dog owners, but it has also welcomed 28 ferrets.
Sacre bleu! Surely not another delicacy in the land of garlic and escargot? A spokesman insisted: ‘I’ve never been offered les furets in any French restaurant.’
Marks & Spencer’s Millwall-supporting boss Steve Rowe, 49, is busy putting his mark on the retail chain – and his changes will not be lost on Dutch predecessor Marc Bolland. Bolland, 57, proudly opened a flagship store in The Hague in 2014 and in Amsterdam the year before, both of which are now being closed.
He also introduced a Dutch translation to labels on M&S food sold in the UK, which are now being removed.
But his legacy hasn’t been completely destroyed. M&S is still struggling to shift women’s fashions, with clothing sales down 1.9pc at last count.
Record sales at Patisserie Valerie should put a smile on the face of bad tempered investor Luke Johnson.
The private equity boss, 54, who made his name placing Pizza Express on almost every High Street, has come a long way since his debut on the BBC’s Back To The Floor series.
When filmed at his Belgo restaurant he told viewers he had taken part for the publicity, but was cornered by chefs demanding more pay. Johnson stormed off, declaring: ‘I made a mistake.’ I wonder how he would fare on a Celebrity Bake Off?