Business Diary: City shows where its interest lies
Friday 10 December 2010
We're not saying that people in the City are heartless, but you can't help raising an eyebrow at the results of a survey published yesterday by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
It reveals, surprise, surprise, that two-thirds of City folk believe that the coalition Government's comprehensive spending review is good news. Now, even leaving aside the politics of spending cuts, it has to be said that your average City professional is probably going to find himself a little less affected by this round of austerity than most other folk.
Coke gives hostage to Spoonerisms
Our congratulations to Julian Hunt who was appointed this week as the new UK vice-president for communications and public affairs at Coca-Cola. No doubt it's a great job, but with that name – and the initial letter of the drinks giant's brand – we are already looking forward to the day that Jim Naughtie has him on the Today programme for a chat.
Knives out for the City's debutante
City PRs – such a lovely group of people. They've been joined by a new operation, Stockwell Group, backed by funding from IceniCapital and set up by former Friends Provident communications chief Nick Boakes, Philip Gawith, who was chief executive at Maitland until six weeks ago, and Brunswick partner Tim Burt. They say it's the "most significant" launch for a generation that will attract the best young "talent" and challenge the top tier agencies. Those rivals have a rather different view of it. "The reject shop," says one.
Tesco loses secondkeynote player
Poor old Tesco just can't stop losing key staff. First, chief executive Terry Leahy, the man credited with turning the supermarket into a global giant, announced he is off to pastures new next year. And now, just as Tesco plugged the first gap, another defector surfaces. Despite being booted off The X Factor last weekend, Mary Byrne has announced she won't be going back to her previous job at Tesco. Who would have thought it? Will the supermarket be prepared to keep her job open in the unlikely event of a career in music not working out after all?
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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Details emerge of two young Iranians using stolen passports in search for a better life
Three-quarters of Britons are saying it wrong - the top ten most common mispronunciations
Oscar Pistorius trial: Athlete's friend asked him if 'he was f***ing mad' after shooting through sunroof
Oscar Pistorius trial: Forensic analyst says athlete 'was not wearing prosthetic legs' when he smashed locked toilet door with a bat
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
- 1 Three-quarters of Britons are saying it wrong - the top ten most common mispronunciations
- 2 Boy George: Bad karma
- 3 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 4 First Kiss video: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 5 Ian Wright breaks down in ITV documentary charting his rise to Arsenal and England striker
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