Business Diary: 12/03/2010
Friday 12 March 2010
Time to take on the CBI, British Tourism Week
Britons failed to take an average of seven days of their holiday entitlement over the last year, according to British Tourism Week.
It wants us to be patriotic and take a break, complaining that forgoing so much time off will cost the economy £5.1bn. Diary suggests that the organisation touts this figure the next time the CBI trots out its dire predictions about the damage that will be done to our economic health the next time a new bank holiday is suggested.
Morrisons marks Bolland's card early
Marc Bolland, former Morrisons chief executive, right, can expect a warm welcome from ex-colleagues when he takes the helm at Marks & Spencer on 1 May. Asked yesterday if he expected a fightback from M&S on food, Morrisons' finance director, Richard Pennycook, cheekily said: "We will be competing hard. So there will be an advert appearing in early May with a very attractive offer and it will not be just a Morrisons quiche." Let battle commence!
Avon Calling: fancy a tree with your lipstick?
Being green is the epitome of corporate cool these days, and now Avon wants to join the party. Alongside the usual array of cosmetics, door-to-door representatives are being encouraged to sell rainforest trees at a pound a go. If just 166,050 trees are purchased, Avon says, it would be enough to cover an area the size of Regent's Park, the press release gushes. A tiny fraction of the amount burnt down every year, but Diary supposes that every little helps.
Buik's chilly blast for London's markets
Conditions are "sepulchral" on the markets, glowers BGC Partners' David Buik in his regular markets missive, which makes a welcome return after his two-week foray to India. It's clearly taken no time at all for all that sunshine to be blown away by London's gloom.
Swiss watches might not be so Swiss
Apparently Swatch wants to stop selling parts to rival Swiss watch makers, which have said that they will have to turn to Asia. Time's running out for that Swiss brand, then.
Number of the day: 21
The number of months Malcolm "Streaky" Calvert will serve in jail after being convicted of insider trading
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 4 The top 50 cities for young people to live in
General Election 2015: Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind as he casts a line to the disaffected of Grimsby
Oxygen-starved 'dead zones' with no marine life up to 100-miles long discovered in the Atlantic Ocean
The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
Indonesia executions: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford will refuse to wear a blindfold when she faces firing squad
Russian warships accused of 'chasing away' Swedish vessel to prevent Baltic States from achieving energy independence
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
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