City People

OOPS-A-DAISY. Sir Dick Evans has been forced to abort today's launch of Vertical Take-Off, his inside account of how British Aerospace came back from the brink. The BAe chairman has evidently apologised profusely to the publishers, Nicholas Brealey, but he has a pressing engagement with his chief executive, John Weston, that he simply cannot miss. A spokesman says enigmatically that the meeting is "important but not critical". Nor is it anything to do with the BAe-Marconi merger, he hastens to add.

For those keen to get their autographed copy, Sir Dick is still scheduled to appear at next Tuesday's launch in Manchester. For those who can't wait that long, here are a selection of chapter headings: "The Value Teams Go To Work", "High Integrity Implementation", "The Power Train Delivers". Sounds like gripping stuff...

u

THE CAPITAL'S trendier companies are tipped to walk away with the prizes at tonight's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards in London. The winners, I am told, will include Mark Dixon, the serviced offices guru who recently completed a pounds 1bn flotation of his business. Philippe Signolet, the man who brought you Delice de France and Michael Gooley of Trailfinders, the backpackers first-priority destination, are also expected to be rewarded. But just to show that those who've been around for a while can still pack a punch, John Ritblat, British Land's legendary leader, is also expected to go home smiling .

u

IN THE wake of the Coca-Cola contamination scandal, Virgin has run hundreds of ads on French radio stations where a concerned voice inquires: "All right? Sure you're all right? What's that you're drinking? Virgin Cola. Virgin Cola's all right." At Pepsi, which has an 80 per cent share of the French market compared with Virgin's paltry 1.8 per cent, an e-mail has gone out telling staff not to exploit the situation. Pepsi's reaction comes from the bitter experience of an unsubstantiated scare in the US which threatened the brand. The bearded one could be well advised to learn from Pepsi's restraint.

u

ANOTHER SET of musical chairs as Kleinworts poaches four new pharma analysts from ABN Amro to swell its team to eight. The recruits are Anthony Colletta, who will be sector co-ordinator, while Mark Brewer, Tim Franklin and Melissa Hartley will cover both UK and European pharmaceuticals.

u

IT'S BACK to the PR drawing board for Bill Morris, general secretary of the T&G, the UK's largest trade union. Facing an inquisition from the Commons Treasury Committee in his role as Bank of England non-executive director, Mr Morris was surprised to be pulled up for not making more noise in the media. Dr Vincent Cable MP asked why he, fellow director and senior industrialist Sir David Lees and Sheila McKechnie, director of the Consumers' Association, had taken such a low profile as Bank directors when they could have been making a splash about, say, the impact of the strong pound on industry, jobs and consumers. Mr Morris, who is seldom out of the newspapers, replied: "I really did not know I had a low profile. I must do something about that." But just in case other T&G bosses get any silly ideas about rushing off to the Press with their views on the latest policy, Mr Morris put them straight. "That would be hell," he said sagely.

u

EXPECT TO see a more cheerful Bill Morris tonight when he hosts an unusually lively party at the Bank of England, to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Family Welfare Association. Apparently caricaturists will be on hand to pen poison portraits as Gordon Brown, Eddie George and former Conservative foreign secretary Douglas Hurd rub shoulders with the rest of the crowd bopping to a steel band. Helen Dent, the FWA's chief , says: "We were set up by the likes of Gladstone... and Beatrice Webb to cope with the acute poverty of the mid-Victorian era. The reception at the Bank of England reflects a continued broad range of social and political support for our work which will enable us to tackle the all-too-similar challenges of the 21st century." Quite so.

PROMOTED VIDEO
News
One of the 'princesses' in the video
videoYouTube reinstates sweary video after takedown for 'violating terms'
Sport
Mario Balotelli (left) trudges off at half-time last night, to be substituted during the interval
football
Life and Style
Could you tell the difference between this and an organic alternative?
food + drink

Culinary experts in The Netherlands thought it was 'fresh' and 'tasty'

News
Russell Brand arriving for the book launch in East London
peopleRussell Brand cancels his book launch debate due to concerns about the make-up of the panel
Arts and Entertainment
Contestants during this summer's Celebrity Big Brother grand finale
tvBroadcaster attempts to change its image following sale to US
Life and Style
tech

Of all the computers Apple has ever made there’s only one that Steve Jobs had to sell his car to finance

News
New look: Zellweger at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday

Actress sees off speculation about her face in an amazing way

News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Dales attempts to sell British Breeze in the luxury scent task
tvReview: 'Apprentice' candidates on the verge of tears as they were ejected from the boardroom
News
Call me Superman: one of many unusual names chosen by Chinese students
newsChinese state TV offers advice for citizens picking a Western moniker
Arts and Entertainment
film

Marvel has released first teaser trailer week early after it leaked online

Arts and Entertainment
Awesome foursome: Sam Smith shows off his awards
music22-year-old confirms he is 2014’s breakout British music success
News
Let’s pretend: KidZania in Tokyo
educationKidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

IT Systems Business Analyst - Watford - £28k + bonus + benefits

£24000 - £28000 per annum + bonus & benefits: Ashdown Group: IT Business Syste...

Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Birmingham - Real Staffing

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: The SThree group is a world le...

Trainee Recruitment Consultant Birmingham

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Comission: SThree: The SThree group is a world lea...

Trainee Recruitment Consultants

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £Competitive: SThree: SThree Group and have be...

Day In a Page

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?