Mice have plagued the floors of the Swiss bank in London since the days of UBS Warburg in 2002. Stories of rodents rearing their heads at the bank have popped up over the years, including in October 2014, when FN reported that staff had seen mice running across meeting rooms, and worse.
“One mouse went into a managing director’s drawer and ate his nuts,” a UBS staffer said at the time.
Two years on and the problem tenants are still in the building, according to people at the bank. One investment banking executive, known for burning the midnight oil, told FN that mice could still regularly be seen scurrying around after hours.
And even with UBS set to begin moving staff into a new 700,000 sq ft office at 5 Broadgate from August 26, others are not certain they’ve seen the back of the mice.
One employee expressed concern that bags and boxes were being left open in preparation for the move, meaning mice could find a way of hitching a ride to the new HQ.
With no sign of a UBS equivalent to Larry or Palmerston – the star mouse-catchers at 10 Downing Street and the Foreign Office, respectively – FN is wheeling out a little game, first introduced in 2014, to help frustrated UBS workers hone their mouse-hunting skills (see above).
Send a screenshot of your top score to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of play on August 12 and we’ll send the winner a special victory mouse mat.
NOTE: Firefox does not support this game.