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Scrooge Waitrose cuts free newspapers for members

Talk about own goals. UK supermarket chain Waitrsose is canning its free newspaper (if you spend £10) to myWaitrose custmers, those with a membership card that gets you tiny savings on your pretty well-stuffed bill. It canned its free coffee ...

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WPP lands another global win – coffee giant JDE Peet’s

WPP has landed another big global deal following its Coca-Cola triumph last year, global creative for JDE Peet’s, which won’t mean much to many people but claims to be the world’s leading coffee and tea company. Amsterdam-based JDE’s brands include ...

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Publicis bounces back in 2021 with 10% organic growth

Publicis Group delivered the goods in 2021 with organic revenue up 10% on Covid-battered 2020, up3% on the more meaningful 2019 including 5.3% in Q4. Data businesses Epsilon and Publicis Sapient were the standouts with 2021 performance at +12.8% and ...

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Bayley joins new-style agency collective Harbour as production boss

One of the spectator sports of the pandemic (for those of a chilly disposition anyway) was seeing who survived and who didn’t. Paul Hammersley’s Harbour was launched in 2017 as an “independent communications agency” collective in which clients “only paid ...

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Peter Scott returns to the fray as boss of ad tech start-up Playcart

Peter Scott (below), the Scott in Wight Collins Rutherford Scott (later WCRS and then Engine Group) and latterly boss of Be Heard Group, which succumbed to rival MSQ a couple of years ago, has a Tigger-like quality. The serial entrepreneur, ...

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R3: global new business reviews increase 53.5% in 2021 – Havas makes biggest gains, WPP leads overall

New business reviews bounced back globally in 2021, increasing by 53.5% on the back of major creative and media reviews from clients including Coca-Cola, Unilever and Mercedes-Benz. According to new business data from independent marketing consultancy, R3. Growth was strongest ...

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The Kite Factory wins homeless charity Crisis UK’s media

UK homeless charity Crisis UK, has appointed independent media agency The Kite Factory to its online and offline media planning and buying after a pitch. Crisis UK, founded in 1967, helps homeless people via its 11 centres across the UK. ...

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Publicis Media launches diverse marketplace DIME

Publicis is joining the ranks of media agencies targeting under-represented media and their communities with DIME, standing for Diverse & Inclusive Media Exchange. The marketplace, created at Publicis Media agency Spark Foundry, offers two main routes to entry: one is ...

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Engine Creative boss Ete Davies quits

Is it the Great Resignation? Quite a few adland leaders seem to be falling out of love with the old trade. Latest one to depart to focus on “personal projects” is Ete Davies (below), CEO of Engine Creative who’s stepping ...

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