Jim Niblett has been appointed director of services competition and
international affairs at Oftel. He takes over from Caroline Varley, who
is moving to the International Energy Agency.
Telecoms company Ionica has made Ian Morris head of external affairs.
Morris was previously director of communications at Bass.
Mercury Communications is launching a package called UK-Call for
customers who make a lot of long-distance calls in the UK.
The cable industry has broken the two million installed lines mark this
quarter, according to figures from the Independent Television
PC-based solutions company Centre-file has appointed Lynda Armstrong as
its sales and marketing director. She was previously European sales and
marketing director at Peterborough Software.
By 2001, Internet commerce will be worth pounds 3.3bn and 10.5 million
households in Europe will be conducting transactions online, according
to Datamonitor’s report IT in Digital Payments.
Mobile telecoms service provider Martin Dawes Telecommunications has
promoted its sales and marketing director, David Goldie, to managing
Wells Soft Drinks is extending its range of hot and cold dilutable
drinks, Hot Stuff, with the addition of apple and blackberry flavours.
Sainsbury’s has blamed computer errors for a fault which led to loyalty
card consumers losing points from their records.
Europe’s off-trade is stealing share of beer sales from the catering
trade according to a report, Successful European Beer Retailing, from
Datamonitor. Only in the UK and Eire does the catering sector still
account for 70% of total volume sales of beer.
Alcoholic lemonades make up 65% of the UK alcoholic soft drinks market,
although cherryade and orange flavours will gain favour, according to
Innovations in Designer Alcoholic Drinks from Datamonitor.