Sara Chorley had a stomach-churning rite of passage when she joined the Lloyd's press office last week – nothing to do with the insurance market though.

The 28-year-old was sent home suffering from food poisoning on Thursday lunch time after battling a barrage of press calls on a major insurance story.

“Her upset stomach caused her a lot of agony between taking calls on travel insurance and she eventually had to go for a lie-down,” said colleague Adrian Beeby sympathetically.

“It was a great start for her first week – kind of like a baptism of fire.”