THIS WEEK: STOP PRESS

Facia’s top two marketers are facing an uncertain future at the hands of the receivers appointed to find a buyer for the crumbling retail empire. Dominic Ebery and Breffni Walsh were holding emergency talks with receivers KMPG and administrators at the time of Marketing going to press. Facia, one of the UK’s largest retail empires with 800 stores, went into receivership last week with debts of pounds 30m.

Facia’s top two marketers are facing an uncertain future at the hands of

the receivers appointed to find a buyer for the crumbling retail empire.

Dominic Ebery and Breffni Walsh were holding emergency talks with

receivers KMPG and administrators at the time of Marketing going to

press. Facia, one of the UK’s largest retail empires with 800 stores,

went into receivership last week with debts of pounds 30m.



Tour operator Airtours has confirmed that it is reviewing all its UK

agency relationships following the appointment of marketing director

Richard Carrick.



Poster contractor Mills & Allen said political parties booking space

under assumed client names will not be allowed to place ads on its

billboards. Clients will also not be allowed to sub-let space. For the

last general election, the Conservative Party used the names LA Gear and

Gillette to book space, masking the intended date of the poll.



Peter Thomas, the commercial and marketing director of Perrier (UK), has

been appointed director, northern, and eastern European regional of

Perrier Vittel in Paris.



Young’s Seafood, part of United Biscuits, has promoted its marketing

manager Tony Risso-Gill to marketing director. He replaces Gary Biggs,

who left to become managing director of McVitie’s Cake Company.



Cosmetics company Lancaster has put its media buying into BMP DDB

Needham as part of Benckiser’s consolidation of its business, although

Rimmel will remain with Initiative Media. Meanwhile, Robin Linklater,

managing director of Coty UK, has left and been replaced by Ian

Williamson who was markets director for Rimmel in Germany.



Haagen-Dazs is launching a pounds 750,000 press advertising campaign

through Bartle Bogle Hegarty next week. According to one supermarket

buyer, the press campaign ‘promises to be innovative and involving for

the reader,’ and will back two new flavours.



NatWest has postponed the launch of its latest TV campaign through

Bartle Bogle Hegarty till July. Actor Timothy Spall, who was to star in

the ads, will not appear due to ill health. He will be replaced by Gary

Olsen, who appears in the BBC’s Two Point Four Children.



Publicis has picked up the European account for US electronics company

AMP, which is planning a pounds 5m branding campaign. The agency pitched

against Lintas and Summerfield Wilmot Keene & Partners.



American Express has signed a deal with Citroen in France to issue a

jointly branded version of the Citroen Carte Rouge. The new cards will

carry the American Express logo and will be accepted in the Amex global

merchant network.



The New Zealand Tourism Board has joined forces with industry partners,

including Air New Zealand and Travelbag, to launch the first generic

advertising promoting New Zealand as a holiday destination. The pounds

1m campaign is through Mustoe Merriman Herring Levy.



The fourth annual Hard Commerical Edge of PR conference is taking place

on July 8, looking specifically at financial pr, and marketing

communications more generally. Brochures are available on 0171 413 4116.



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