OFT report receives mixed industry response

An Office of Fair Trading report into current accounts in the UK has received a mixed response by the industry, with some analysts claiming that banks have relied on brand and customer loyalty for too long. The OFT concludes that the market in personal current accounts is “not working well” for consumers. It says the […]

DEFRA and DFT seek agency for CO2 brief

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Transport (DFT) are seeking an agency to develop a portal for the ACT ON CO2 campaign. The agency will be briefed to create “an interactive and engaging” site to encourage people to reduce their CO2 emissions. The winning agency will also be […]

Andrew Harrison: Shedding the excess layers

City analysts will tell you that ad spending is often a lead indicator for the real state of the economy, as media budgets flex in line with company results. So, while we may not (yet) be technically in a recession – defined by economists as two consecutive quarters of negative growth – the latest results […]

On the right track?

The Sovereign Series, a new 10m horse racing competition, was launched amid much fanfare last week. Racing UK, the subscription television channel, in a venture with some of the countrys leading racecourses, announced that the series would transform British flat racing.

P&G marketing chief Stengel steps down

Jim Stengel, global marketing officer at Procter & Gamble, is retiring from the consumer goods giant on October 31. He will step down from his current role on August 1 and will head a “special project” for the company until he leaves.

DraftFCB retains TDA account

DraftFCB has retained the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) DM account following a four-way shoot-out. The agency has been tasked with developing on and offline work for the government body. The pitch was handled by the COI with DraftFCB winning out against four undisclosed agencies The agency will build on the TDA’s current […]

EC causes split in mobile camp

Plans from the European Commission to introduce legislation on SMS and roaming charging have caused a split between mobile operators. The Commission announced plans to end “roaming rip-offs” for text messages abroad yesterday (July 15). Its research shows that the 2.5 billion text messages sent each year by consumers in the EU cost over 10 […]

Which? and FDF in food fight over advertising to children

Which? and the Food and Drink Federation have launched a war of words over the lobby group’s latest report into food advertising to children. Food Fables, published today by Which?, criticises food companies for “still not doing enough to curb their marketing of unhealthy food to children”. It claims that companies are using social networking […]

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