Plastic fantastic from Somerfield

The Diary has always had a soft spot for supermarket chain Somerfield. After all, it rescued Kwik Save when no other company would – and where would the Diary be without its morning visit to the Liquor Save cider aisle? And where would Soho’s tramps be without a steady supply of Somerfield carriers in which to deposit their “refuse”?

Well, now those tramps can go about their business with a clear conscience – Somerfield has become the first UK supermarket chain to introduce biodegradable plastic bags, and to celebrate the initiative, it ran a competition, challenging fashion students at Manchester Metropolitan University to design carrier-bag clothing.

Here, then, is model Catherine McQueen wearing the winning entry – designed by 20-year-old Paul Green – and giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “bag lady”. That background doesn’t look much like Manchester, though.


Venture capitalists court ITV sales houses

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Venture capitalists are expected to begin courting senior executives at ITV sales houses following the Competition Commission’s indication last week that it may force Carlton Communications and Granada to spin off their sales operations if a unified ITV is to be given the all-clear. Executives at Carlton and Granada had been hoping that the two […]

Wales: the True Taste campaign

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The Welsh Development Agency is to sponsor the new series of S4C’s cookery show Dudley, as part of its Wales: the True Taste campaign, which aims to promote the Welsh food and drink industry.


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