Out of England’s many contributions to global business, which is the greatest?
Is it our proud trading past, the English language, the common law, the practices and law of the sale of goods, shipping, banking, insurance? Or is it perhaps honesty, humour and a sense of fair play?
I asked a friend this question, and he put me right. The greatest English contribution to global business is the suit.
When the Angolans meet the Chinese to negotiate a production sharing contract in ultra deep water off Angola, they may meet in Luanda or London, and they may speak Portuguese or English. But they all wear English two piece suits.
Unfortunately the suits are no longer made in Savile Row, but in India or Hong Kong.