Will Murray success at Wimbledon be RBS’s best return?

July 1, 2009

Royal Bank of Scotland is not best known for backing winners.


So the Scottish bank must be savouring Andy Murray’s run at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

World number three Murray is one of the “sports personalities of present and past” sponsored by RBS during the heady days of Sir Fred Goodwin.

Murray must count as one of Sir Fred’s more inspired investments. Murray’s play has literally gone from strength to strength — all the time with the RBS logo emblazoned on his shirt sleeve.

Stephen Hester, Goodwin’s successor as chief executive of RBS, must be hoping Murray maintains his winning streak and goes all the way to the Wimbledon men’s final.

It’s about time RBS employees — and shareholders including the British government — had something to cheer about.

No doubt British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling will also be willing fellow Scot Murray to victory — they could both do with the “feel-good” factor of a British Wimbledon win.

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