The UK’s biggest arts sponsorship is up for grabs, following Allied
Domecq’s decision to pull out of its pounds 1.1m a year commitment to
the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The existing deal comes to an end in February 2001. Allied said the move
was due to the sale of its UK pub operations to the Punch Taverns
It has poured pounds 7m into the RSC sponsorship over seven years, but
said it could no longer justify the cost.
Iain Oag, Allied’s director of external affairs, said: ’Allied Domecq
has changed an awful lot. It was an international company with a
domestic base in pubs. Now there are no pubs and the UK spirits
operation isn’t of the size that warrants sponsorship support as big as
The drinks firm wants to focus on its international spirits and wine
brands, and restaurants such as Beefeater and Baskin-Robbins.