Delegates at a recent (and, no doubt, thrilling) compliance consultants' conference reported that the FSA has started to take a keen interest in who attends its broker workshops.

Apparently, the regulator has noted that the same brokers keep coming to the events, prompting FSA staff to suggest ways to encourage more to attend.

Backchat hears that the FSA's own delegates at the conference suggested that brokers be given the equivalent of a gold star if they attend and a black mark against their name if they do not.

While an FSA spokesman denied that this score card approach was FSA policy, wags have suggested that too many black marks could lead to a visit from the regulator.