Timberland hunts head of European marketing

Fashion brand Timberland is looking for a European marketing director after the departure of Pat Mitchinson, who had held the role for two years. Nigel Young, from the company’s European marketing team, will assume her duties temporarily. It is not known whether Mitchinson has a job to go to. She joined Timberland in summer 2003 […]

Retailers snub Cadbury low-calorie bar launch

Cadbury Trebor Bassett is facing a potential backlash from both the trade and consumers over its under-99 calorie chocolate bars because the products are smaller but more expensive than the original versions. Industry insiders say that the initial consumer interest in the 17.5g versions of Dairy Milk, Dairy Milk with Mint Chips and Bournville will […]

Retailers snub Cadbury low-calorie bar launch

Cadbury Trebor Bassett is facing a potential backlash from both the trade and consumers over its under-99 calorie chocolate bars because the products are smaller but more expensive than the original versions. Industry insiders say that the initial consumer interest in the 17.5g versions of Dairy Milk, Dairy Milk with Mint Chips and Bournville will […]

AMV to fold specialist shop Minerva

Abbott Mead Vickers. BBDO’s second-string agency and integrated specialist Minerva is to fold. Its business will be moved into AMV and sister agency Proximity London. It is not clear whether all of Minerva’s employees, thought to number about 40, will transfer to either AMV or Proximity – or indeed what will happen to Minerva chief […]

Coty scents growth potential in Unilever Cosmetics

Finally, after two-and-half years, Unilever has sold its cosmetics and fragrance arm Unilever Cosmetics International to Coty, the company credited with establishing the modern perfume sector, for $800m (£437m). For both companies, the deal is heaven sent. Unilever had wanted to hive off UCI as part of its “path to growth” strategy. A Unilever spokesman […]

Camelot doubt over ‘good causes’ plan

Camelot doubts that government plans to give the public more say in where the lottery money for good causes goes will improve ticket sales. Phil Smith, Camelot’s commercial and operations director, says: “Good causes per se do not tend to drive sales up, but controversial causes can drive sales down,” he says. A new National […]

Is Tamara Ingram the right choice for Grey London?

Ask advertising folk whether Sir Martin Sorrell’s show of faith in appointing Tamara Ingram to run Grey London is well placed and there is an even split. Ingram, one of the best-known figures in the industry, polarises opinion like few others in adland. To some, her record at Saatchi & Saatchi running the Procter & […]

Getminted.com advertising moves out of Boost to Spirit

Online gambling operation Getminted.com is on the verge of switching its advertising and planning accounts, worth £1m, away from Boost. Spirit is set to take over the creative business, while Goodman & Associates will be appointed to handle media planning and buying. Although the company says the decisions have yet to be finalised, the changes […]

Eurostar to double advertising spend

Eurostar is set to double its advertising budget as it prepares for its move from Waterloo to a new terminal at St Pancras in 2007. The company has an annual spend of about £5m, but that will be increased to more than £10m when the operation heads to St Pancras. The company, which recently put […]

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