Ian Viney, head of general insurance at Legal & General (L&G), is always keen to blow his own trumpet. As a trombone player and conductor for his brass band Jackfield it was music to Viney's ears to be in the UK brass band final in Preston recently.

Unfortunatley, his efforts were to no avail as his band did not get ranked out of the 25 finalists. But his band are top quality nevertheless, because when the stage version of the film Brassed Off played at the Birmingham Rep last year, Viney's brass band was one of three drafted in to play the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.