10 August 2000

Carphone to launch m-networks to brands

Carphone Warehouse is to launch mobile virtual networks for third-party brands through Value Telecom, its own “virtual” network. Value Telecom buys airtime from One 2 One, repackages it and sells it to consumers under its own brand. But Carphone Warehouse intends to allow other brands to operate their own mobile networks through Value Telecom, effectively […]


Claydon Heeley Jones Mason has launched a below-the-line campaign for Bradford & Bingley’s new mortgage broking service.

B&Q: Parent Kingfisher aims to develop e-commerce sales at DIY chain

DIY chain B&Q is talking to agencies about an advertising campaign for its online division, B&Q Direct, believed to be worth up to £10m. Bates UK, B&Q’s agency is expected to be one of the agencies short-listed to handle the brief. The search is being overseen by Stephen Robertson, the former B&Q marketing director, who […]


Diageo has launched talks with Bacardi over a joint bid for Seagram’s spirits business to thwart a bid from rival Allied Domecq.


France Soir, the French evening newspaper, has bought L’Evènement du Jeudi, the weekly magazine, and will relaunch the title as its Saturday supplement.


Npower, the energy supplier, has appointed Martin Salter, former marketing manager of Eagle Star, to the newly-created role of head of customer communications post. He will report to marketing director David Andrew.

What was that strange picture?

It’s no good – you’ll have to put us out of our misery. What is the rather alarming photograph of in the middle of page 6? Is it animal, vegetable or mineral? I’ve phoned the AXA press office and they don’t know. Go on – solve our problem. Moyra Rose GMG Endemol Entertainment London WC1B […]


Wickes, the DIY chain, has appointed former CRS food chief executive David Robey commercial director, with responsibility for marketing and trading activities.


Imagination, the design and communications consultancy, has been appointed to design and produce Land Rover’s global auto show exhibition stands. The agency handles all of Ford’s other brands.

Schroders poised for £12m rebranding push

UK finance house Schroder Investment Management is understood to be planning a rebranding campaign, worth up to £12m, in an attempt to shed its “stuffy” image. The main advertising account is split between Citigate Albert Frank, which handles its financial services and unit trust divisions, and the Lowe Lintas-owned Broadway Group (MW July 27), which […]

Capital picks Merriman Herring Levy

Capital Radio has appointed Mustoe Merriman Herring Levy to work on a one-off project for its flagship 95.8 Capital FM station. Capital Radio’s two-year relationship with Abbott Mead Vickers.BDDO ends this month and Capital Radio London head of marketing Vijay Solanki has decided not to appoint another full service agency. Instead it will use agencies […]

Coutts boosts team with top appointments

Coutts, the Royal Bank of Scotland-owned operation whose clients include the Queen, has strengthened its marketing department with the promotion of two senior executives. Caroline Moss and David Middleton replace former group marketing director Paul Feaney, who quit late last year to head NatWest’s investment arm, just before RBS bought NatWest and, with it, Coutts. […]

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