8 January 2004

Gillette drives forward M3 Power launch

Gillette has brought forward plans for the launch of the first battery-operated system razor, in a reaction to the threat of Wilkinson Sword’s recently launched Quattro razor. The product is being fast-tracked to market under the codename “Mach 3 Quantum” in the US, although industry sources say this name will be scrapped prior to launch […]

Royal Mail to slash half of marketing team

The Royal Mail has revealed that it is to axe up to half the jobs in its marketing department, as part of a group-wide shake-up. The company’s marketing department employs about 360 people, but Royal Mail announced this week that it plans to cut that head-count by as much as 40 or 50 per cent […]

Gillette drives forward M3 Power launch

Gillette has brought forward plans for the launch of the first battery-operated system razor, in a reaction to the threat of Wilkinson Sword’s recently launched Quattro razor. The product is being fast-tracked to market under the codename “Mach 3 Quantum” in the US, although industry sources say this name will be scrapped prior to launch […]

RHM picks Universal for £10m task

Universal McCann has won the £10m media planning and buying business for food group RHM after a four-way pitch against Starcom Group, OMD UK and Vizeum, the incumbent. The review, which was overseen by group marketing director Ginny Knox, was called last November after ten years with the same agency (MW November 20, 2003). The […]

Adnams Brewery appoints tennis chief as marketing head

Adnams Brewery has poached LTA marketing director Steve Curzon to lead its marketing team. Curzon, who will hold the newly created position of head of marketing at Adnams, will start at the beginning of February. He will report to Andy Wood, who was moved from sales director to marketing director earlier this year (MW March […]

Adnams Brewery appoints tennis chief as marketing head

Adnams Brewery has poached LTA marketing director Steve Curzon to lead its marketing team. Curzon, who will hold the newly created position of head of marketing at Adnams, will start at the beginning of February. He will report to Andy Wood, who was moved from sales director to marketing director earlier this year (MW March […]

RHM picks Universal for £10m task

Universal McCann has won the £10m media planning and buying business for food group RHM after a four-way pitch against Starcom Group, OMD UK and Vizeum, the incumbent. The review, which was overseen by group marketing director Ginny Knox, was called last November after ten years with the same agency (MW November 20, 2003). The […]

RBS poaches top Argos marketer

Argos marketing director Paul Geddes has been poached by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to oversee marketing for the RBS and National Westminster Bank brands. Geddes will be marketing strategy managing director for retail banking at the RBS Group. He will report to group chief executive for retail banking Benny Higgins. His responsibilities will […]

Race for Londis gathers speed

The Co-operative Group, Somerfield and Bestway have entered the race to acquire Londis, together with The Big Food Group and Musgrave, the Irish group that owns Budgens.

Majority of agencies yet to finalise 2004 TV deals

Industry figures estimate that more than 50 per cent of media agencies have yet to finalise their television deals for 2004, following delays caused by the Carlton and Granada merger. The negotiating season, which normally starts in November, was pushed back to mid-December last year while the terms of the new contract rights renewal remedy […]

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