Sports Internet, the football web site company, has acquired Opta,
the official provider of statistics to the FA Premier League, for pounds
3.87m. Sports Internet recently acquired branded football web site
developer Planetfootball, and wants to give visitors to its
Planetfootball sites access to the Opta database.
Justerini & Brooks, the whisky maker, is launching a new web site for
its J&B Rare brand featuring interactive games, an intelligence quiz,
virtual table football and virtual balloon flying. Users can play
against each other online and the results will be posted on global
They can also buy J&B branded merchandise online, and find an
international bar listing and events calendar at www.jbscotch.com.
Hyperlink has won a prize for retail at this year’s British Interactive
Multimedia Association (BIMA) Awards for its work on a customer kiosk
for Waterstone’s. The interactive kiosk features a database allowing
customers to locate specific books within the store, check their
availability and view their location, and then print out details to
order at the till.
Autohit, a web site selling cars online exclusively for the UK market,
is to launch this week. The site, at www.autohit.com, aims to act as a
one-stop shop for car buyers, arranging finance and advising on issues
such as tax, as well as taking orders online.
Flightbookers, the first UK travel agency to offer an online travel
booking facility, has launched a loyalty programme for users. The deal
includes a competition, whereby every 500th visitor who registers as an
’eBooker’ wins two tickets to the US. After registering, visitors will
receive special deals and features, such as online promotions, a monthly
newsletter and e-mails with last-minute alerts on discount flights.
Games Terminal, the online computer games retailer, is to offer a free
internet access service called gterminal.net from August 2. The company,
which was set up a year ago to sell games online, will also offer an
online gaming platform on the site, plus news and reviews.
PhoneMe, the internet freephone service provider that allows web site
visitors to request an automatic call back by pressing a button, has
changed its pricing strategy. Web site owners now have the option to
target four specific countries with an internet freephone button for
pounds 195, instead of paying pounds 495 for a full global button giving
them access to 250 countries.
KPMG is warning that 75% of UK firms are ignoring the tax implications
of e-commerce. The warning comes on the back of a survey of 300 firms,
jointly conducted with Demon Internet. It found that while 80% of firms
believe their products or services have e-commerce potential, tax issues
appear to have been set aside. There are tax opportunities arising from
e-commerce, and firms should be aware of VAT implications.
Highbury House’s web site addresses were printed incorrectly in last
week’s Marketing. They can be found at www.fishing.co.uk and
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