Chime Communications poised to swoop on VCCP

Chime Communications, the marketing services holding company run by Lord Bell, is planning to buy ad agency Vallance Carruthers Coleman Partners as it seeks to boost its presence in above-the-line advertising, according to a source close to negotiations. It is understood that a deal will be unveiled shortly, though neither Chime chairman Lord Bell nor […]

Smoking ban sparks rethink for pub companies over food

Pub companies may ditch their food operations in a bid to avoid the Government’s proposed ban on smoking in public places in England, plans for which were announced in last month’s Queen’s Speech. Under the new legislation, pubs that do not serve food will be able to allow smoking; pubs that currently serve food will […]

Axe looms over marketers after Diageo restructure

The futures of three senior marketers in Diageo’s whisky division are in doubt, as part of the global drinks giant’s restructuring programme. Jonathan Driver, who was global brand director for single malts; Richard Watling, who was Scotch whisky director; and Iain Kennedy, who was global brand director for J&B, have all seen their jobs made […]

Chime Communications poised to swoop on VCCP

Chime Communications, the marketing services holding company run by Lord Bell, is planning to buy ad agency Vallance Carruthers Coleman Partners as it seeks to boost its presence in above-the-line advertising, according to a source close to negotiations. It is understood that a deal will be unveiled shortly, though neither Chime chairman Lord Bell nor […]

Bmi considers restructure after marketing chief quits

Bmi head of marketing Amanda Burns is leaving the company at the end of the month after taking voluntary redundancy. She does not have a job to go to. The airline’s commercial director, Adrian Parkes, will take over her responsibilities, and will oversee the marketing operation before deciding whether to appoint a direct replacement or […]

Napster ad banned on Underground

A Napster poster ad depicting five people frolicking on a bed has been banned by London Underground over concerns that it would offend commuters. The poster, part of the music download company’s latest campaign, depicts five apparently naked people on a double bed with a duvet over them and has the strapline “Join an orgy […]

Bisto plans new flavours for Yorkshire pudding range

Bisto, the gravy granules and sauces brand, is extending its new chilled Yorkshire puddings and ramping up support for the range in an attempt to raise awareness of the product and develop the brand in new markets. The product, which is a Yorkshire pudding filled with Bisto gravy, is being extended to include sage & […]

Bmi considers restructure after marketing chief quits

Bmi head of marketing Amanda Burns is leaving the company at the end of the month after taking voluntary redundancy. She does not have a job to go to. The airline’s commercial director, Adrian Parkes, will take over her responsibilities, and will oversee the marketing operation before deciding whether to appoint a direct replacement or […]

Customer magazines think small and thrive

Suki Thompson’s comment piece (MW May 19) was highly perceptive. It did bring the late 1990s internet boom to mind, when the branded content debate raged in the context of the “stickiness” of different websites. The debate has now moved on to the event and experiential channels. Content is critical today because of two interlocking […]

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