Business Diary: Party conference on the cheap
Saturday 21 August 2010
Another split in the Coalition Government: while the Conservative Party, off to Birmingham for its autumn conference, has chosen a five-star venue, the Hyatt Regency, the Liberal Democrats have opted for something a little moare in keeping with these times of austerity.
Their conference, to be held in Liverpool, will use the mid-market Jurys Inn. Labour, by the way, has picked two venues in Manchester: the Midland and the Radisson Edwardian.
Avon rings Brady's bell
It's another score for Karren Brady, the former Birmingham City managing director, who is now Lord Sugar's right-hand woman on the BBC's The Apprentice. Ms Brady has been asked by Avon, the door-to-door beauty products company, to work with its sales staff, mentoring them, and to look at ways to promote women in business. All together now: you're hired.
Consultant runs into a storm
Knox D'Arcy clearly hoped a press release on public-sector waste would get the management consultancy firm a bit of cheap publicity. Its claim that 500,000 workers could be shed from councils without anyone noticing did indeed make something of a stir, not least with the GMB, the union that represents many local authority workers. "This is fabricated nonsense and the unfounded attacks on council workers and other public- sector workers should stop," says its national secretary, Brian Strutton. "What we could do without and no one would notice is the £690m wasted by the Government employing 2,500 consultants in 2009."
More fun at Ocado's expense
A big thank you to Diary readers for all the entries to yesterday's Ocado quiz, in which we asked you to take up the challenge of the retail analyst Nick Bubb, who wondered what the letters in the online grocer's name might most appropriately stand for. Among the new entries, our pick is "over- confident analysts desperately oblivious", which kind of says it all (not about Mr Bubb, we hasten to add).
- 1 This is what the one in ten British men who pay for sex need to know
- 2 Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 3 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
Jeff Fletcher dead: Britpop guitarist is decapitated by lorry in horrific traffic accident
These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
Jimmy Ruffin dead: Motown legend, who wrote 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted', dies aged 78
New York snowstorm: Five dead and state of emergency declared as 'wall of snow' buries Buffalo
Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
Coalition government has 'shifted money from poorest to better-off' through welfare cuts and tax reductions, study claims
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