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Jeremy Clarkson , Issue 1627

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LIQUIDITY EVENT: The Sunday Times is giving young thruster Jeremy Clarkson a leg up
"THE bar to gain a place on our annual ranking has never been higher," boasted the intro to the Sunday Times's "Hundred fastest-growing private companies" list last weekend.

And who's this plucky little business upstart taking centre stage with an almost full-page profile in the paper's supplement, despite only coming in at number 24?

It's, er, Sunday Times columnist Jeremy Clarkson, whose brewery Hawkstone, a spin-off from his Amazon Prime-showcased Cotswolds farm, has apparently enjoyed sales growth of 142 percent in the past three years. "Clarkson's media profile may have helped sales," the paper noted.

Clarkson's balm
You reckon? As well as the enormous interview in the supplement – something not afforded to any of the other 99 company bosses who made the list – and a prominent spot on its cover, the same day's Sunday Times also handed the majority of page three of its news section to Clarkson to publicise the fact that he has bought an Oxfordshire pub in which to sell his beer, with a "news" story and first-person account which were also plugged heavily on the front page flannel panel.

Truly, the lucrative cross-News UK contract negotiated by Clarkson's good friend and Cotswolds neighbour Rebekah Brooks – and retained despite his record-breakingly offensive detailing of his coprophiliac fantasies about Meghan Markle in the Sun in December 2022 – is the gift that keeps on giving. Pints all round!

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