7 October 1999

VW UK boss promoted to oversee group brands

Robin Woolcock, head of Volkswagen UK, is taking on overall responsibility for VW Group’s brands, including Seat, Skoda and Audi. He replaces UK managing director Richard Ide, who is to retire. Woolcock joined the group in January 1989 as head of the commercial vehicle business, which included MAN trucks. In 1991, he set up Skoda […]

Site Seeing

The demand for high-service conference venues takes delegates as far afield as Kenya and Shanghai. Catherine Chetwynd takes a look at the venues vying for business in the booming conference market

Granada pairs up with Morrisons for ad push

Granada Mediasales has formed a partnership with supermarket chain William Morrisons to encourage brand owners to use TV advertising when launching products and to entice more shoppers to the Northern food retailer. The marketing initiative, called “Check-out”, offers brand owners a rapid means of distributing products they are testing through Morrisons’ 100 stores – 82 […]


Easyshop.co.uk (www.easyshop.co.uk) has appointed Michael Ross as managing director. Ross will head attempts to secure a second round of venture capital funding in November. The company, which launched this year, sells men’s and women’s underwear. It hopes to expand the range of “must buy” consumer goods offered on its site.


PA NewsCentre (www.pa.press.net) has expanded its financial news service by offering site users an interactive share price charts service – developed by BigCharts – which allows them to generate charts over selected time periods. In the new section, (www.pa.press.net/business/shares/charts.html), share prices can be compared with the FTSE 100, 250 and 350 indices.

MindShare nets £5m new business

MindShare has secured £5m worth of new business wins, including a major TV ad campaign for Korean consumer electronics company LG Electronics. The agency has also been awarded the media planning and buying for National Geographic’s cable and satellite station, National Geographic TV; while its new media arm MindShare Digital has been awarded the campaign […]

Why Net needs a marketing vision

The future of e-commerce looks much more promising now that Web responsibility is passing to marketers. They are focusing the Net on consumers, and making it pay its way, says John Shannon


Yahoo! and Oxfam have launched a free Internet access service that will donate local call charge revenue to Oxfam.


…Motley Fool (www.fool.co.uk), the personal finance site, has signed a deal with Beenz.com to promote its Web “currency” to US and UK customers.

Brasserie snatches £2.5m Ronseal

Ronseal is pledging to keep its famous “it does exactly what it says on the tin” strapline after handing its &£2.5m ad account to the Advertising Brasserie. Former HHCL & Partners creative team Dave Shelton and Liz Whiston, who came up with the line while working for the agency in 1993, were part of the […]


The Lucozade Lara Croft ad created by Ogilvy & Mather was the best remembered and recognised poster of the first half of the year, according to research conducted by Ipsos- RSL and analysed by Maiden Outdoor.


The London Tourist Board and Convention Bureau has appointed Vanessa Cotton, managing director of The Event Organisation Company, to its board of directors.

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