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The East Midlands is known for being the producer of fine cheeses and while I don’t mind a bit of the above, stilton is the region’s best known cheese and can only be made in Leicestershire, Nottingham and Derbyshire.

The East Midlands is known for being the producer of fine cheeses and while I don’t mind a bit of the above, stilton is the region’s best known cheese and can only be made in Leicestershire, Nottingham and Derbyshire. You can’t call it Stilton if it is made elsewhere, rather like champagne and its origins.  Two of the finest Stiltons emanate from just outside Nottingham where T. Bailey is based.  If you haven’t sampled the output from Colston Basset or Robin Skailes’s Cropwell Bishop Creamery, you may be missing out.
Of course the East Midlands is also the home of the pork pie for which, until this week, Melton Mowbray is best known for. It is also the home of Jamie Vardy who, for those of you who have avoided any mention of football this week, is the leading goalscorer and striker for Leicester City who against all odds, have won the English Premier League.  I mention Jamie’s home town as it is also where one of our excellent analysts resides.  Although Victoria and Jamie don’t share the same street, Victoria wasn’t too amused last Monday night when Jamie hosted a party to watch Chelsea draw with Spurs and so hand the title to Leicester.  The all-night tooting of horns through Melton Mowbray caused a lot of its residents to endure insufficient sleep.  However we don’t want to begrudge Leicester City their deserved praise and celebration.
I mentioned odds earlier and many of you will know that on the basis of a heroic escape from relegation last season, a change of manager but not many other changes in personnel, Leicester were quoted at 5,000/1 at the start of the season. To put that into perspective, the chances of a reincarnation of Elvis Presley were lower! One or two had a small flutter and are celebrating but spare a thought (or not) for the head of Bloomberg News who has an annual £20 bet but this season, he forgot!
It has amused us this week to see a few financial firms attempt to align themselves with the characteristics that propelled Leicester City to the Premier League title. Sadly one or two of these firms resemble the much vaunted yet vanquished teams who were supposed to carry off the title. Clubs with too many egos, complaining of not enough playing time where the payment for playing for their clubs appeared greater than the performance and team spirit so evident at Leicester.  Anyone who saw Manchester City’s effort in the Champions League semi-final will know what I mean.
It is key that as Leicester City enter next season with more challenges as champions that the necessary additions to their squad buy into the esprit de corps that has taken them to the top this season. Leave your egos at the door please. Saturday will see Leicester City have a red letter day (they play in blue so maybe there should be a new cheese called Leicester blue?) and I need a link to the title of this blog.
I’ve no doubt the Leicester City story will feature in a number of business and HR examples at leading universities but the pride and pleasure of playing to the best of your ability and supporting your colleagues to be the best as a team will feature strongly.
This week, we welcomed a new team member, Laura Cotton as marketing coordinator to the T. Bailey Asset Management team. Rest assured there is an alignment of interest and community of spirit within the team in our quest to provide consistent and relevant investment outcomes for our clients.  Like our East Midlands neighbours, not the biggest or the most fashionable but focused on what we want to achieve for our supporters.

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