The former chancellor George Osborne’s family wallpaper business has said that Brexit added £400,000 to its costs, as the company’s sales slid more than 16% during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Osborne & Little, which is controlled by Osborne’s father, Sir Peter Osborne, said the UK’s exit from the EU had “an immediate adverse effect on profits” from January 2021, with unforeseen costs such as increased shipping payments and taxes on EU goods imported to the UK before being exported back to Europe.
The Old Green Tree in Bath, I was about to go up to London as a student and bloke offered me a job in that firm – weekends, etc – to help me pay my way.
Just one of those little events of life – didn’t take it of course, I was at that time and extremely good waiter. Something which is a rare enough skill – being a good one that is – and so I got very well paid for being one.