27 November 2008

Government to limit alcohol discounting

The Government is set to ban “all you can drink” promotions in pubs and bars and impose limits to bulk buying discount alcohol in supermarkets. The sweeping reforms were announced following the Queen’s Speech today (December 3). Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and Health Secretary Alan Johnson set out the plans as part of a 4.5m […]

On the BBCs future

Last week some fundamental changes to three very different institutions occurred, all of which remind us of the importance of your brand’s proposition. On the high street, Woolworths collapsed. A retail giant of the old world that struggled to come to terms with the new. In its own way, Woolies’ demise is a cautionary tale […]

P&G enters online arena

Procter & Gambles swoop for a 1% stake in online retailer Ocado last week has triggered speculation that the household goods giant is looking to create an e-commerce website to sell its brands directly to consumers in the UK

Brand endorsements under pressure

With Sainsburys pulling out of its association with ITV1 prime time drama premieres (MW last week), Dominos ending its endorsement of Sky Ones The Simpsons after almost ten years and sports superstar Tiger Woods being dropped by a cash-strapped General Motors, it could appear as though the bottom is dropping out of the sponsorship market.

PG Tips revives Morecambe and Wise sketch for Christmas ad

Johnny Vegas and his woolly sidekick Monkey will appear in a pastiche of the classic Morecambe and Wise Breakfast Sketch in the latest execution of the PG Tips campaign. It will break at 4pm on Christmas Day. It is understood the ad, created by Mother, is part of PG Tips’ overall brand campaign, and will […]

Retailers face “stealth tax” through Queen’s speech measures

The British Retail Consortium is warning that new powers given to local authorities amount to a “stealth tax”. The Business Rate Supplementary Bill, to be announced following the Queen’s speech today, (December 3) allows extra revenue to be raised directly from businesses. The bill gives local authorities, for the first time, the power to charge […]

Unilever launches powerful anti-perspirant Sure variant

Unilever is launching a high-performance cream deodorant under its Sure brand to target a new segment called “anxious sweaters”. It launches in January and will be backed by a major advertising campaign. The two anti-perspirant deodorant products, Sure Woman Maximum Protection, and Sure Men Maximum Protection, claim to offer twice the protection against sweat than […]

Bowley named as Digital Cinema Media director

Martin Bowley, the former Carlton Sales chief executive, has been appointed as managing director of sales house Digital Cinema Media. Bowley will take over the newly created role on February 1 and will work alongside acting chief executive Debbie Chalet. She joined after the sale of the business to DCM, a company formed by Odeon […]

Craik Jones parts company with Unilever after merger

Craik Jones Watson Mitchell Voelkel is parting company with Unilever just months after it was merged into sister Omnicom agency, Proximity. The move has been triggered by a conflict with existing Proximity clients Procter & Gamble and Mars. Craik Jones, which has been progressively integrated into Proximity since August,  holds the DM account for Unilever’s […]

Kangaroo would restrict competition says Commission

Project Kangaroo, the online TV joint venture between BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 would restrict competition in the UK video-on-demand market, according to the Competition Commission. The commission is launching a consultation outlining possible remedies to address the competition issue ahead of its final report in February. Competition Commission chairman Peter Freeman says: “We […]

Tesco sees slowest sales growth for 15 years

Tesco has reported its slowest sales growth in almost 15 years, rising just 2% in the three months to November 22. The supermarket chain has attributed the slowdown to increased demand for its discounted lines. The sales growth, which excludes petrol sales and new stores, was down compared to the previous quarter, when it grew […]

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