Briefs

Bass Brewers has hired former Hi-Tec Sports sales director Simon Curry as senior brand manager for Caffrey’s. Curry was made redundant from Hi-Tec last January, along with two former colleagues from cigarette company Rothmans.

Committal proceedings against Mike Doyle, former marketing services manager at Abbey National, and seven others accused of conspiracy to defraud the bank have been delayed until November 15.

Lever Brothers commercial director Alan Johnson has been promoted to the post of commercial executive for personal product in Europe. He will be replaced in September by Graeme Miller, who is supply chain commercial manager Lever Europe.

The Guardian Royal Exchange Group has ended its 20-year-old sponsorship of British Athletics.

Forte, the hotel and restaurant group, is to sponsor the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – the European sports car event – on October 1.

Honda is running a joint promotion this autumn with Marks & Spencer. Some 250 stores will participate in the ‘Collect by Car’ service. Honda will run an in-store competition to win a five-door Civic.

Global Sports Management has struck a deal on behalf of DHL Worldwide Express to sponsor the final round of the British Touring Car Championships this weekend.

MCA Merchandising has promoted UK licensing manager Tim Collins to the position of UK licensing director.

Colorvision, the TV and video retailer, is looking for a marketing director.

A BACC decision is expected tomorrow (Thursday) on PepsiCo’s ad campaign for its 8m Pepsi Challenge. Virgin complained that PepsiCo’s claim that 60 per cent of people prefer Pepsi is misleading because the tests were only done against Coca-Cola.

Tesco has paid for a 25 per cent rise in sales to 5.9bn in the first half with a 0.3 per cent fall in gross margins. Like-for-like sales rose 10 per cent, boosted by the 25m introduction of the Clubcard. Analysts say the chain will be hard-pressed to keep sales growth at such high levels. Profit before tax rose 15 per cent to 290m.

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