DIGESTS

The European Parliament, meeting on Tuesday, delayed its vote on the Distance Selling Directive which could outlaw coldcalling. A decision is expected today (Wednesday).

Following revelations by Dutch researchers that shampoos containing coal tar to combat dandruff could contain cancer-causing chemicals, the issue has been referred to Brussels. A special committee will meet next month.

British Gas has appointed Patricia Mann as non-executive director. She is currently vice president international of

J Walter Thompson and a non-executive director of the Woolwich Building Society.

Barclaycard is launching a new purchasing card (below) which is designed to remove up to 75 per cent of the administration costs for companies buying and paying for goods and services. The system has been developed with Barclays Merchant Services and is based on the Visa network with access to 440,000 UK businesses and 12 million worldwide. It is aimed at low-value, high-volume transactions, such as the purchase of stationery.

First Choice director of corporate communications Nigel Henson is believed to be leaving the travel company. His departure comes after the announcement last month of substantial job cuts.

The Scottish Tourist Board has promoted Lorna Easton to acting UK marketing director. She replaces Tim Hailey, who left in July to join the Bank of Scotland.

Annual worldwide sponsorship expenditure will be US$15.1bn (9.7bn) this year, Sponsorship Research International predicts – an increase of 16 per cent on 1994.

Microsoft, US computer software giant, is reportedly holding secret talks with US TV network NBC about investing in an all-news cable TV channel to rival CNN.

One in five men expect to have casual sex at this year’s Christmas party, according to the 1995 SRA health monitor survey sponsored by Durex. The number has jumped from 13 per cent last year to 20 per cent this year. But the number of women expecting casual sex has dropped from three per cent to one per cent.

Marketing Week is backing Research 96, the UK’s first annual exhibition for the market research industry. Research 96 is supported by the Market Research Society, the Association of British Market Research Companies and the Association of Users of Research Agencies. The event will take place in London on October 16-18. Contact: Jonathan Scott, 0171-287 5678.

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