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Golden Wonder, manufacturer of brands such as Wotsits and Wheat Crunchies, is investing 30m in improvements to its manufacturing facilities in Scunthorpe and Corby and will create more than 100 new jobs.

Matthew Clark’s solicitor has written to Bulmer denying allegations that Clark’s Blackthorn range has copied the design of Strongbow.

Phileas Fogg food brand founding partner Ray McGhee has joined Newcastle-based advertising and marketing agency Eldon Associates as a non-executive director.

Texaco has appointed Trudi Wiseman (right) as manager loyalty marketing with responsibility for the forecourt loyalty card programme.

Shell UK is to appoint Malcolm A Brinded as a director and as managing director of Shell UK Exploration & Production as from July 1.

Mintel says the mobile phone market has grown to an annual value of 160m with sales of 2.27 million handsets, a rise of 234 per cent since 1993. Over a quarter of adult Londoners own a mobile with ownership most popular in the 25-to-34 age group.

Orange is part of a four-strong consortium which has won a licence to build and operate a mobile phone network in Switzerland. It will create 1,250 new jobs.

EMI has appointed Richard Grafton as commercial director of EMI commercial markets, replacing Georgina Capp.

The Audley Group, the four-strong luxury hotel chain which includes the Dorchester and the Beverly Hills Hotel, has appointed Julia Camp as worldwide director of sales and marketing for the group.

Mark Warner, the Holiday and hotel group, has appointed Nigel Ragg as group marketing manager.

Royal Dutch/Shell Group has published its first social responsibility report, detailing failings and successes on issues from bribery to global warming and community products.

Rank Group has issued a trading update for the first quarter of this year, showing a seven per cent rise in turnover to 400m with operating profit rising by five per cent to 21m. Analysts believe that profits before tax have declined in the period.

Minale Tattersfield has designed the logo for Awards for All, the National Lottery Charities Board’s new scheme to provide local grants for community projects with small budgets.

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