Royal & SunAlliance chief executive Bridget McIntyre and a group of employees recently returned from a trip to China (which, Backchat hears, included a fair few stints on the karaoke machine).

The group were surprised to find that, on arriving at the airport, they were greeted by a fleet of gleaming black limousines.

Apparently, they had been mistaken for royalty, on account of the company name, and were being treated accordingly.

Incidentally, new R&SA broker boss Paul Donaldson is understood to be quite keen on karaoke – although he may overrate his talents.

At the insurer’s Biba dinner McIntyre was keen to stress that Donaldson was hired for his insurance knowledge.