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Abbey National boss Horta-Osorio takes charge of UK’s biggest bank Lloyds

Surely some mistake you’ll say but Antonio Horta-Osorio who made his reputation by catapulting Santander into being one of the UK’s Big Five banks with his reign at Abbey National and acquisition of Alliance & Leicester and the workable bits ...

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BBH gets its mojo back with live action cinema ad for St John Ambulance

Tugging at heartstrings has never been BBH’s thing but it does so with a vengeance in this ingenious combination of cinema commercial and live action for the St John Ambulance, a charity-funded stalwart of the UK healthcare scene that hails ...

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Microsoft Kinect launch heralds bumper Christmas for McCanns

And indeed its Interpublic media buying sibling Universal McCann as Microsoft spends a whopper $500m on the global launch of Kinect, a hands-free controller for the XBox 360. As ever with Microsoft these days someone got there first with the ...

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Hovis wins top gong at UK IPA effectiveness awards – but will it convince other clients?

The UK’s agency trade body the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) has been running its annual effectiveness awards for decades now, a spirited attempt to demonstrate to advertisers that money spent on attractive advertising actually produces more money for ...

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Toshiba new business boosts counter-culture agency Goodness Mfg.

Toshiba USA has named Hollywood-based Goodness Mfg. agency of record for its consumer electronics computers business. The decision was made after Irvine, CA-headquartered Toshiba conducted a lengthy review with multiple agencies. The new business win marks one of several for ...

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Interpublic joins the club by posting stellar quarterly results

They’re all at it, in the wake of Publicis Groupe, Omnicom, Havas and WPP, Interpublic, owner of McCann’s and Daft FCB has posted some astonishingly good quarterly results. Here’s what Tim Bradshaw in the Financial Times makes of them: ‘The ...

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