Lloyds TSB has signed a deal with Post Office Counters, allowing
its customers with personal cheque accounts to deposit and withdraw
money at any of the UK’s 18,000 post offices. The deal, which takes
effect on April 1, enables the bank to continue reducing its branch
network without affecting customers. For the Post Office, it is a key
step in making its retail network - the largest in the UK - more
Philips, the consumer electronics group, has appointed Mark Kerray as
its first head of global sponsorship. Kerray, formerly brand manager for
Philips across Eastern Europe, will oversee the company’s worldwide
sponsorship activity. He said that Philips had not yet decided whether
to sponsor next year’s Euro 2000 football tournament. It was one of the
sponsors of Euro 96 (see news story, opposite).
David Kneale, managing director of international retail development and
former marketing director at Boots, is joining Waterstone’s, the book
chain, as MD. During his spell as marketing director at Boots from 1995
to 1997, Kneale helped to launch its Advantage loyalty card and
relaunched its No 7 cosmetics brand.
Highland Distillers, Remy Cointreau and Jim Beam Brands Worldwide are
establishing an international sales and distribution joint venture for
premium wines and spirits. The venture, yet to be named, will also
handle tactical marketing in all local markets outside the US.
Meanwhile, Highland Distillers announced profits before tax of pounds
23.5m for the six months to February 1999, with Famous Grouse market
share up to 14.2%. Marketing expenditure for the brands was up 6% during
the period to pounds 20.1m.
William Grant & Sons is reviewing advertising for Glenfiddich, the
biggest-selling malt whisky brand in the world. McCann-Erickson, which
has handled advertising for the William Grant brands for 27 years, is
Department store Liberty has appointed TBWA GGT Simons Palmer to handle
its pounds 1m press and poster account.
An ad for Irn-Bru attracted the highest number of complaints to the
Advertising Standards Authority last year. Featuring a cow saying ’When
I’m a burger, I want to be washed down with Irn-Bru,’ the ad prompted
589 complaints - more than the combined total for the ’top ten’ ads
generating complaints in 1997. The ASA upheld the complaints.
Broadcasters drew universal praise for their news coverage in the
Independent Television Commission’s annual report this week. ITV’s drama
output also won praise, but the ITC urged the network to improve its
supply of entertainment.
Channel 4 was told to increase its multicultural programming during peak
hours, and Channel 5 to improve the quality of its children’s drama and
National commercial digital radio consortium Digital One has appointed
Jeff Astle as marketing manager. Astle moves over from Digital One’s
owner GWR, where he is marketing executive. He will report to chief
executive Quentin Howard.
Renaissance Cosmetics has sold the worldwide rights for its Insignia
deodorant brand and Fetish perfume brand to British company
US-based Renaissance’s UK arm Dana, which relaunched Insignia last year,
has gone into administration.
Mirror Group has announced the creation of a new division, Mirror New
Media and Interactive Services, in the run-up to the launch of its own
free service and portal site, dubbed ic24.net, on April 30. David
Clarke, formerly chief executive of Virgin Net, has been appointed as
managing director of the new operation.
Centrica, which trades as British Gas, has made the largest market share
gains in domestic electricity since the market opened to
According to a report by Datamonitor, Centrica has 4.2% of the
Tango is replacing tea moments with Tango moments as part of a pounds 9m
relaunch for the brand. The ads by HHCL & Partners, which break next
week, aim to revive Tango, which had disappointing sales last year.