Obiter learns this week that romance is in the air at Higgs – Fred Sirieix, star and maître d’ of the Channel 4 show First Dates, has been working with the firm. Alas, Obiter has it on good authority he did not use his matchmaking skills this time and instead focused on ‘customer care and excellence’.

Earlier this month Sirieix, whose day job is managing the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows restaurant at London’s Park Lane Hilton, joined 230 Higgs staff at their winter party at Molineux football stadium. The TV cupid announced the launch of the Higgs Service Awards.

Sirieix will also deliver a service masterclass at Higgs’ headquarters called: ‘What does good service look like?’

Staff will be hoping he supplies the canapes, too.