13 November 2008

Highfield faces Microsoft challenge

Microsoft surprised many with its appointment of Ashley Highfield as UK managing director and vice-president of consumer and online (MW.co.uk November 10). Anxious to reinvent its search offering, Microsoft has turned to the man who launched the iPlayer, but, while content may be his forte, Highfield’s knowledge of sales and marketing remains questionable, according to […]

Eat, drink and be merry

Lifes daily luxuries were once purchased with little thought to the future. A cappuccino here, a smoothie there. A pricey cereal bar or a slab of super-premium organic chocolate (70% cocoa content, of course) were, until recently, all part of a days spending for a large swathe of British consumers.

Woolworths in talks to sell retail arm

Woolworths is understood to be in talks about a possible sale of its retail business. It is not known who the ailing high street retailer to talking to about a potential deal. The retailer, which also has an entertainment wholesale and a distribution arm, rejected a £50m offer from Icelandic investor Baugur and retail entrepreneur […]

Credit crisis forces IOC into Olympic sponsorship rethink

The credit crunch has forced the International Olympic Committee to rethink its sponsorship strategy. The IOC is now seeking a global sponsorship deal with an automotive company. The category had previously been earmarked as a high-level domestic partnership for London 2012. The IOC is believed to have approached a number of companies, including Hyundai, which […]

Ford UK slashes spend as part of $9bn thrift drive

Ford UK is expected to slash advertising spend, as its ailing US parent company seeks to make $9bn (£6bn) cost-savings over the next year. The car company says it is looking to shave costs where possible, with advertising being reviewed on a global basis. A Ford UK spokesman says: “There is significant pressure on the […]

Energy watchdog calls for utility company price cuts

Consumer watchdog Consumer Focus has challenged energy companies to cut prices. It has called for at least one utility provider to “break ranks” before Christmas. The calls come a day after Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Miliband’s meeting with the “big six” energy suppliers on Monday (November 17). Miliband (pictured) called […]

BRC calls for tax cuts

The British Retail Consortium is calling on the Government to offer retail businesses tax cuts as the economic crisis deepens. It is asking Chancellor Alistair Darling to reconsider plans to increase business rates in April. Business rate increases are currently based on the Retail Prices Index (RPI), which at 5% is at its highest rate […]

Zoombak forced to shut down UK operation

Zoombak, a company manufacturing GPS technology, has been forced to close down its UK business after launching into the market earlier this year. Its failure has been attributed to the global economic downturn. The company creates portable GPS locators which can be used to locate missing pets, cars or enable parents to monitor the whereabouts […]

Campaigners ask Facebook to set security benchmark

Privacy campaigners are calling for Facebook to lead the way on security and the protection of social-network users after several of its users were taken in by scam messages. There have been recent reports that users have received scam messages, which told them to click on links and re-enter password details. Marcel Cowan, director of […]

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