Group scores a coup with controversial former Ratners Group boss.
Buying group Houlden has lined up the ever-controversial Gerald Ratner to speak at its next meeting.
The former chief executive of Ratners Group, which is now the Signet Group, will talk about his life story and his unique approach to business.
Ratner was immortalised after giving a derogatory speech about Ratners Group at the Institute of Directors in 1991 which nearly caused the collapse of the business.
During the 1991 speech, Ratner said: “We also do cut-glass sherry decanters complete with six glasses on a silver-plated tray that your butler can serve you drinks on, all for £4.95. People say, ‘How can you sell this for such a low price?’, I say, ‘because it’s total crap’.”
The next Houlden meeting, which will include Ratner’s talk, will take place on June 22 at the East Sussex National exhibition centre and will be open to Houlden members and a few select guests.