Business Diary: 02/03/2010
Tuesday 02 March 2010
The salesmen that dare not speak their names
Sales is a dirty word. In breaking news, the Institute of Sales Promotion announces it is changing its name to the Institute of Promotional Marketing. "This better represents the wide range of marketing and communications activities the Institute's members do," reckons its chairman, Clive Mishon.
Step into the parlour, said the spider
Oh, to be a fly on the wall. The new EU financial affairs commissioner, Michel Barnier, is in London today for a breakfast meeting with about 15 big cheeses from hedge funds and private equity firms. City conspiracy theorists say the debonair former Gaullist is part of a French plot to attack the UK's financial services sector. Will the croissants be flying?
Office work can be dirty too
If you're reading this while enjoying a sandwich at your desk, reach for the anti-bacterial wipes now. Microban, a small company which (surprise, surprise) specialises in clean-up stuff, has published research showing that the "office environment is a hot-spot for the cross-contamination of germs and bacteria". Apparently, the average desk surface has 400 times more germs than a toilet seat. Yuck.
From 'two brains' to 'three jobs'
David Willetts, the shadow Secretary of State for Universities and Skills, has long been known as "two brains" because of his intellectual prowess. But maybe his new nickname should be "three jobs"? The National Association of Pension Funds says it is delighted that Mr Willetts will speak at its forthcoming investment conference, and describes him as "a thinker, author and politician".
Price sites battle for hearts and minds
A challenge at last for the meerkats who did such wonders for the profile of Comparethemarket.com. Rival comparison site Gocompare.com claims the star of its TV advertising, Gio Compario ("the larger than life opera-singing character", in case you've missed him) has generated 20 per cent extra traffic. Now the pressure is on the star of Moneysupermarket.com's campaign, the comedian Omid Djalili.
Number of the day: £1.13m
The salary of Sir Stuart Rose, chairman of Marks & Spencer. Shareholders may push for a reduction in his pay
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- 2 Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
- 3 Why this father didn’t hide his daughter’s heroin overdose in her obituary
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
Nepal earthquake: More than 1,100 killed across four countries and in Mount Everest avalanche
Nepal earthquake: The race is on to help thousands trapped under rubble around Kathmandu, while remote villages face a long wait for help
Royal baby: Live updates as superbug closes ward at St Mary's Hospital where Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth
Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election
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