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Fru Hazlitt on the GCap deal

“I’ve been locked in a room with bankers and lawyers for what feels like months – and they’re all boring,” she jokes.

“I haven’t been able to go anywhere unpoliced. But today I’ve been let off the leash. Hoorah!”

"Will I stay on at GCap” That hasn’t been confirmed yet. What I will say is that I’ll never run a public company again. I honestly never realised how much publicity would surround me."

Just yesterday, Hazlitt had to break the news of the hostile takeover to the 2,500 employees at GCap.

"It was an enormous moment," she says. "The only venue that was available was the Garrick Theatre on Charing Cross Road. I have to say it was pretty bizarre – there I was standing on the stage on April Fools Day against a Peter Pan backdrop."

She says that she’s always had a close relationship with her employees, sending them an email newsletter once a week outlining the company’s highs and lows. “I always end it with a Latin phrase – someone once told me that that makes you sound important,” she laughs.

"One of my employees emailed a Latin phrase back to me today. It made me laugh because it summed up my feelings entirely."

"Veni, vidi, volo in domum redire – I came, I saw and now I want to go home."


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