7 December 2006

Watchdogs hit out at green energy tariffs

The National Consumer Council and consumer watchdog Energywatch are calling for honesty over green energy tariffs as the NCC publishes a report looking at the environmental credentials of green utility tariffs. The report finds that most green tariffs fail to live up to the environmental benefit that they claim to offer. The two consumer groups […]

Argos overtakes MFI as top UK furniture store

Argos is set to overtake MFI as the UK’s leading furniture retailer, according to a new report by retail analysts Verdict Research. The report predicts that MFI, which has been market leader for over 20 years, will also fall behind DFS and Ikea. Argos in 2006 has a 6.2% share of the market – rising […]

Lastminute owner sold to US companies

Sabre Holdings, owner of website Lastminute.com and Travelocity, is to be bought for $4.5bn (£2.2bn) by US venture private equity companies Silver Lake Partners and Texas Pacific Group. It is understood that the travel and leisure brands will be retained and that the two websites will continue to operate as usual. Sabre Holdings bought Lastminute.com, […]

Radio producer launches music station ‘shop’

Somethin’ Else, the independent radio producer, is launching what it claims is the first retail radio station – Radio Music Shop – which will launch on December 14. The station, which is available on Freeview, Sky and online, will offer listeners the chance to buy the music they are listening to. After each track is […]

Assessing the JJB Brand

Each week in association with retail and marketing consultancy Pragma, MarketingWeek.co.uk looks at a high-profile UK brand, assessing its performance against a range of criteria and offering suggestions to improve its overall score. Marks for each section are given out of five stars, while the overall rating is given at the end of the review.

How Gerry McKenna got ahead

My father was the assistant editor of The Daily Record so the media was always prevalent during my upbringing. Then, by identifying a niche in the media marketing sector and combining it with my passion for football I created Match Day Media an idea formulated on the terraces of Old Trafford.

Do 118 numbers add up?

In the face of increasing competition from internet-based directory enquiry services, The Number is the phone-based company to offer a free service to users, a move that has prompted speculation that profits are no longer assured for the paid-for sector. Martin Croft reports.

Irresistible rise of cardi-man

He’s run three major meida organisations, but lost out on the top job at ITV. Some see Stephen Carter’s move to Brunswick PR as merely a holding job for a ‘professional chief executive’ who clearly still has much to offer, so what does the future have in store for him? By Catherine Turner.

118 118 runs carol karaoke promotion

The Number 118 118 is promoting its premium rate directories service with a carol karaoke – or Caroloke – competition. Its iconic twin moustachioed runners will search London for people willing to take part. The company will donate £1 to the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) for every singer that it […]

Bernard Matthews launches Xmas TV campaign for turkey range

Bernard Matthews is launching a major TV campaign for its range of turkeys in the run up to Christmas. It claims that it is the first time it has launched a Christmas push behind its products since the early 1980s. The campaign, which was created by its in-house creative team, has the strapline “Bernard Matthews, […]

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