Two companies in the industry have decided to raise money in particularly obscure ways.

Scottish insurer Ecosse is offering the chance to "push an underwriter off a great height" when its staff abseil off the Finnieston crane on 1 September to raise money for the charity SenseScotland.

Backchat is told it is an "exceptionally tall crane".

And Redrose Property Services has organised a team of ten cyclists to ride tandems 300 miles across Cuba in five days, starting out on

30 September. It hopes to raise £500,000 for the disabled charity, Norwood.

Those wishing to sponsor Ecosse should ring: 0141 249 6800. To sponsor the Cuban cyclists: 01923 227373.