Month: September 2008

VCCP loses 12m Hyundai account

VCCP has been dumped from Hyundai’s 12m UK advertising business after four years. The South Korean car manufacturer will now move the function to its in-house advertising division.

Eurostar set to lose top marketer

Greg Nugent, Eurostar head of marketing UK, is stepping down after five years in the role. He will continue his association with the rail service in a scaled down capacity working on “special projects”. He is expected to leave his current position in November. The news comes after months of speculation that he had been […]

Tesco loses brand chief …

Tesco brand chief James Condon, the former head of global marketing for George at Asda, is leaving the retailer after less than two years in the job. It is not known if Condon has a job to go to. Condon joined Tesco in January 2007 as head of brand communications and trade planning and reported […]

…Tesco posts 10% profit rise

Tesco has posted a steady 10% rise in pre-tax profits, netting almost 1.5bn for the 26 weeks to August 23. The uplift has come despite increasing pressures on the retail sector.

England 2018 seeks marketing and commercial chief

England 2018, the subsidiary company recently set up by the Football Association (FA) to bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2018, is seeking a heavyweight marketer to lead its marketing and commercial strategy. The role will encompass responsibility for raising £5m in funding to support the bid through sponsorship, value-in-kind deals and cash donations. […]

Rising sales of cask ale could help save the British pubs

Pubs serving “good” cask ale have experienced a year-on-year trade growth of 14% compared to a fall of 2.5% for pubs not serving cask ale, according to a new Intelligent Choice Report. The report, which is backed by brewers including Adnams, Greene King, Marston’s and Fuller’s, says that while general beer sales have declined by […]

Woolies launches concession stores with Store 21

Troubled retailer Woolworths has teamed up with value fashion retailer Store 21 to launch concessions in 16 of its large high street stores. The first concession stores will open on October 9 in Swindon, Harrow, Clydebank, Slough and Wrexham. The move follows Woolworths’ initiative to sell all chart DVDs for less than £10 to drive […]

Sky ordered to cut ITV stake

BSkyB has been ordered to sell the majority of its 17.9% stake in rival ITV. The long-awaited ruling which stipulates that the shareholding must be reduced to under 7.5%, was made today (September 29) by the Competition Appeal Tribunal. It follows an earlier ruling by the Competition Commission – and subsequent appeal by the satellite […]

Virgin Media hands Stockwell new role

Virgin Media has appointed Ashley Stockwell to replace James Kydd as managing director of brand and marketing. Stockwell joined Virgin Media as managing director of brand at launch, but was later promoted to head Virgin Group’s brand globally.

Omnicom in talks to buy BMB

Omnicom is in advanced talks to buy Beattie McGuinness Bungay, with a view to folding the TBWA/London breakaway back into its office. It is thought that TBWA-owned Omnicom has been talking to the agency for several months. The agency’s co-founders, Andrew McGuinness, Bill Bungay and Trevor Beattie, acrimoniously left TBWA/London in 2005 to launch BMB. […]

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