DIGESTS

The Halifax and the charity Mencap have agreed to a second meeting to resolve the row over the bank’s failure to compensate people with learning disabilities who have not received windfall shares. The charity has threatened to pull out of the bank’s Charity Visa Card scheme as a result of the row (MW August 7 and 14).

Glenmorangie is resurrecting Islay whisky brand Ardbeg Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky after buying the Islay distillery from Allied Domecq for 7m.

Jewson, the builders merchants, will sponsor the old Rugby Football Union leagues 3 and 4. The League will now be called Jewson National League 1 and 2, North and South. The three-year deal takes effect from September 1.

Ford Credit Europe, the finance arm of the Ford Motor Company, has appointed Michael Bannister as chairman.

Outdoor and transport advertising registered the biggest growth in advertising revenue in the first quarter of 1997, according to a survey by the Advertising Association. Outdoor ad revenue grew by 23 per cent over the same period last year, compared with a 14 per cent leap in consumer magazine and regional press display advertising. TV grew by 6.7 per cent.

Royal Sun Alliance launches its new corporate identity next week, following its merger of Royal Insurance and Sun Alliance. The company recently appointed McCann-Erickson to handle its ad account and is understood to be looking for a media agency to handle its 15m business.

American Express has signed up Eurostar to join its Membership Rewards loyalty programme. Card members of the Amex scheme will be able to redeem points for Eurostar tickets to Paris and Brussels.

Thomson, Britain’s biggest tour operator, has warned that proposals by the Monopolies & Mergers Commission to force the rebranding of tied travel agency chains and introduce other measures designed to ensure competition in the sector, will lead to higher holiday prices.

Scottish Courage has relaunched Beamish stout as Beamish Black, with a 4m marketing campaign.

Vaux Breweries has appointed Caroline Halliwell to the newly-created position of brands manager.

Snooker’s world body is hiring the chief executive of mineral water company Highland Spring Joe Beeston to work two days a month for the World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association (WPBSA). Highland Spring is to sponsor the Scottish Open snooker championship. Beeston is helping the body look for more sponsors.

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