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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 profitable.

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

profitable.



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

repitching.



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

general entertainment.



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

Edenwest.



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

competition.



According to a report by Datamonitor, Centrica has 4.2% of the

residential sector.



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.



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