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managing director of Coty UK, has left and been replaced by Ian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