All agency bosses talk about keeping in touch with their staff, but
in Mix’s view, Barraclough Hall Woolston Gray is taking it to
Friday night visitors to the refurbished bar in the agency’s new
Marylebone offices are likely to be served by agency chief executive
Simon Hall, who has taken to pulling pints in his spare time.
As he claims to be engaged on agency business in the daytime, Hall will
not be available to serve coffee when the bar opens in office hours, but
if it’s the hard stuff you’re after, Hall is your man.
Apart from personally supervising the installation of optics containing
the agency’s latest account win, Famous Grouse, Hall is trying to
recruit fellow directors to help him out. So far, however, while the
spirit might be willing, the flesh is distinctly weak. Not a single
taker, or so Mix heard.
If you’re an ex-client of BMP DDB, you should have received an
invitation to its 30th birthday mega-bash at the Albert Hall on October
19. Yet, despite its best efforts, BMP has failed to track down some old
Glen Lomas and David Kean are appealing to invitation-less former
clients to ring them on 0171 258 3979. If you’re not a former client but
would like to go, a few tickets are available to Marketing readers. Call
Sarah Jane Costello on 0171 258 4401.
The Tin Medal for back-handed compliments goes to Terry Mansfield at
NatMags, which is losing Company editor Fiona McIntosh to Emap’s Elle
NatMags’ press release refers to ’what is believed to be the best
package ever offered by Emap’. The final sentence is a Mansfield quote:
’It appears that Emap has an even bigger cheque book than Conde Nast
whose managing director spends most of his time outside NatMags offering
cash and new frocks to staff.’ Bitchy? Chauvinistic? What, journalism?