Backchat would like to thank the industry for the support it showed Nick Bateman, the Big Brother contestant, who Insurance Times was backing to win. Nearly 20% of those who either wrote or sent online messages also backed Nick to win £70,000 by being the last person in the house.

Unfortunately Nick was unceremoniously ousted from the house last week, after his playful double-crossing antics were finally exposed. No doubt, the insurance industry can be proud that the most charismatic and intelligent contestant was, surprisingly, one of their own. And no doubt, he honed some of his cunning and decepetiveness when he was a broker for Willis. Indeed, his old comrades thought the same. When Backchat phoned Willis to ask if they would offer Nick his old job back, a spokesperson said: “He resigned and the company moves on. It is so unlikely to happen.”