30 August 2001


Poulters senior art director Symon Dickinson has joined full service agency Workhouse as joint creative director.

Lloyds TSB rides on a lame horse Count the cost of lower prices

I, like Georgie Neubauer (MW August 23), have been experiencing problems with my accounts at Lloyds TSB Bank, and have been told by several people at my branch that they have just transferred to a new system and are “having problems with it”. Information has mysteriously disappeared from my online statement, I haven’t received this […]


Time Magazine and Condé Nast Traveller are running a joint newsstand promotion offering consumers £1 off the total price if they buy both titles.


The National Autistic Society has been licensed to use Thomas the Tank Engine for its pin badges, which are to be rolled out to Asda, Tesco, Barclays and Halifax outlets.

Material world

Because more innovative materials are now available for use in exhibition stand construction, organisers can pick and choose from a variety of traditional and modern looks and styles.

McCain gears up for product assault with Rostis launch

McCain, the Canadian food giant associated with oven-ready frozen chips, is about to embark on a series of major product launches starting with Rostis, which will be aimed at what it dubs as the “no fuss, no hassle” generation. Rostis will be aimed at young adults on the go and will be on supermarket shelves […]


Havas Advertising subsidiary Brann Blau has lost its grip on IBM’s US direct marketing and interactive business, worth a reported £20m in revenue.The business passed to Ogilvy One and Wunderman. Both are owned by the WPP Group, which is currently locked in a bid battle with Havas over media specialist Tempus.


WPP-owned Ogilvy has merged its Finnish arm with Helsinki-based communications company Taivas, taking a 33 per cent stake in company.


Safeway is testing CD listening posts and DVD preview screens in the home entertainment sections of three of its stores.

Monkey business has taken its toll

The Diary wonders whether ITV Digital’s agency Mother has picked the right man in comedian Johnny Vegas to promote the service. A gang from Scottish agency 1576 went to see Vegas last week at the Edinburgh Festival, expecting the cuddly chap who graces our screens with a talking toy monkey to come on stage all […]

BT Retail appoints new ventures director

BT Retail’s consumer division has appointed a director of new ventures to oversee the development of products, services and partnerships that extend the BT brand. The new position has been filled by Martin Johnson, who will be responsible for creating alternative revenue streams. Johnson, an Australian national, joins BT after ten years as marketing director […]

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