We've all been there, I'm sure. You work your pan off to get everything done in time. You count down the days until you can break out of the madhouse of pre-Christmas London. Then you're brought down by the dreaded lurgy. I was all for cancelling our travel plans and spending Christmas under the duvet.
Shares in AIM-quoted Victoria - which made the red carpet for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding - added 12 per cent to reach 1,400 pence on news of the takeover. It's the fifth acquisition the firm has made as part of a quest to surpass a £500 million annual sales threshold.