Politics

Can new ‘Made in Britain’ campaign really boost British manufacturing?

The antecedents certainly aren’t good, the last time there was a big campaign supporting home-grown industry in the UK was back in the 1960s. Dr Johnson called patriotism “the last refuge of a scoundrel” and the 1960s ‘I’m backing Britain’ ...

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UK marketers cut first quarter 2011 budgets on slowdown fears

British companies cut their marketing budgets in the first quarter of 2011, for a second consecutive quarter, over fears that public spending cuts and rising inflation would dent the economy. The survey of around 300 British-based companies for the IPA/BDO ...

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Matthew Freud seals £40m buy-back deal from Publicis – but what’s the restless PR maven going to do next?

Well that’s the obvious question isn’t it? Matthew Freud has just forked out about £40m to buy back Publicis Groupe’s 50.1 per cent stake in his UK PR firm Freud Communications (the second time he’s extricated himself from a marcoms ...

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UK PM David Cameron’s all over the place, send for a spin doctor!

He’s just acquired another one of course in former BBC producer Craig Oliver but the consensus (and it’s early days so far) is that Oliver is useless. More noted for the array of technology he carries with him than any ...

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News of the World prepares to take £20m hit after admitting phone hacking

The News of the World and its ultimate owner Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation have finally admitted that phone hacking at the paper went much further than the activities of royal correspondent Clive Goodman and his private eye sidekick Glenn Mulcaire ...

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Chime’s Lord Bell on politics, acquisitions, HHCL and VCCP

Although he claims he’s an old fart and nobody’s interested in him any more, Lord Bell (Tim Bell as was in his Saatchi days) isn’t and people are. Now in his 70th year and recovering from a recent heart bypass ...

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