Design judges named

Tony Blair has asked leading marketing and advertising figures to be judges for Millennium Products, the Design Council initiative he launched yesterday (Wednesday) to promote innovative British products and services.

Tony Blair has asked leading marketing and advertising figures to

be judges for Millennium Products, the Design Council initiative he

launched yesterday (Wednesday) to promote innovative British products

and services.



John Hegarty, chairman and creative director of advertising agency

Bartle Bogle Hegarty; Simon Bullimore, UK managing director of Mars

Confectionery; Charles Dunstone, chief executive officer of Carphone

Warehouse; and James Dyson, inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner, will

be on a panel voting on products submitted to the scheme.



Millennium Products, which will cost the government pounds 3.8m over

four years, is not a competition or awards scheme, and submissions will

only be accepted from companies with products or services already on the

market.



However, the most innovative and pioneering will form part of the

exhibition in the Millennium Dome at Greenwich.



A selection of products representing the best of UK design were

showcased at the launch, including Rolls-Royce’s Trent jet engine and

the Psion Series 5 palmtop computer. Other products highlighted by the

Design Council include Cellnet’s Genie, an Internet-based service which

broadcasts news to mobile phones.



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