Business Diary: 29/04/2010
Thursday 29 April 2010
The winners the bookie wouldn't let you back
Paddy Power is the bookmaker best known for offering odds on almost anything you want to bet on.
Strange then, that it doesn't appear to have been running a book on the outcome of Tuesday night's Betfair awards for the betting industry. Perhaps it had an inkling that the list of 13 winners in every sort of category you can imagine would not feature its own name even once.
Greece is a gift to the world's headline writers
Answers on a postcard please. Headlines we spotted yesterday – none of them from The Independent, we might add – on the economic basket case of the Mediterranean included: "Greek tragedy", "Beware of Greeks bearing gilts", "The four horsemen of the Acropolis", "Greece comes Acropolis" and, our favourite of all, "Making a drachma out of a crisis". Have you got an even better (we use the word advisedly) pun to offer?
Fighting to get their message across
Good marketing is all about conveying a sense of the values that drive your organisation. To that end, what are the folk at Mondo Visione hoping to achieve with their invitation to a conference featuring 200 delegates from the stock exchange industry? It arrives with a miniature pair of boxing gloves. Because a big punch-up is exactly what you want from a day out in the City.
More than just the green shoots of recovery
Forget Greece, forget the Goldman Sachs scandal and even forget tonight's leaders' debate on the economy. The big business story of the day comes courtesy of the Asparagus Growers' Association, ahead of the official beginning of British asparagus season on Monday. "We're predicting that 2010 could be our best year yet with overall UK consumption of asparagus topping almost 8,000 tonnes, a new British record," they tell us.
- 1 BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 4 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
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