12 October 2006

Philips in 100m media review

Philips Electronics is understood to be reviewing its media planning and buying account. It is thought to be worth up to £100m. The business is currently handled by Aegis-owned Carat. The agency has confirmed that it will defend the account. A number of undisclosed agencies have also been invited to pitch, with a decision expected […]

Shearman quits JWT to set up agency

JWT global planning director Paul Shearman is leaving the agency to launch a start-up claiming the way communications are currently planned is “nonsense”. Shearman, who leads global creative and strategic planning on the agency’s HSBC account, is setting up Bushfire, a company that will facilitate integration and creativity workshops. He leaves JWT at the end […]

Vodafone eyes quick exit from mobile search deal with Google

Vodafone is understood to be close to pulling out of a three-year deal it signed with Google in February to make the search engine available on its phones. Sources say the mobile giant is looking at ways it can pull out of the agreement, and instead wants to use a white-label platform that it could […]

InBev restructure could lead to more job losses

InBev is restructuring its marketing department for the second time in a year, as part of a global reorganisation of sales and marketing teams in all the brewer’s local operating units. A statement says that the proposed new structure is likely to result in “new job roles and responsibilities being introduced for a large proportion […]

Charity slams ‘secret’ text service over bullying fears

A new service allowing people to send anonymous text messages has been slammed by the country’s leading children’s charity as being open to abuse. The FreakySMS service, launched in the UK this week, allows people to send anonymous messages through their mobile phones. The company claims that it has mechanisms in place to deal with […]

Mercedes chief to join BT directories

Mercedes Car Group UK marketing director Nick Ratcliffe is leaving to join BT. It is understood that Ratcliffe, who has been marketing director at the Daimler Chrysler-owned marque for three years, is joining BT’s directories division in a senior role.

BPMA launches new award

The British Promotional Merchandise Association (BPMA) is launching an Entrepreneur of the Industry Award. It aims to “award excellence” in the industry, which is worth £20bn in the UK according to the organisation. The BPMA says that “on the strength that all businesses and consumers are affected by the vast reach of the promotions and […]

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