Sunday Business has been left without a marketing director after Phil
Lawlor, who was brought on board last March to launch the troubled
newspaper, left last week.
Tom Rubython, editor of the newspaper, said that Lawlor was not on the
payroll but was on leave: ‘As far as I know it’s because things are
pretty tight. He’s on leave until September.’ Rubython said this was
because there was not much for Lawlor to do until then.
In Lawlor’s absence a team of three, headed by Julia Hutchinson who
works in the newspaper’s finance department, will look after marketing.
The paper is seeking another sponsor for its ‘trading week’ section,
which dropped the title ‘Bloomberg’s trading week’ after Bloomberg
pulled out of its deal with the newspaper.
The financial news service sponsored the section up until June 23.
Sunday Business went into administration on June 17 after talks with its
major investor, Group 2000. The company has 90 days to re-finance
itself. Circulation has settled at 65,000.
Rubython said: ‘We are toddling along all right. Advertising is OK,
circulation is mediocre.’