Business Diary: Rentokil bugged as PR gaffe is exposed
Tuesday 16 March 2010
Red faces at Rentokil and its PR agency BrandsLife, which claimed research showed the typical train carriage might be home to 1,000 cockroaches, 200 bedbugs and 200 fleas. The shocking findings were widely covered in the media, but prompted some cynicism amongst scientists who actually know a thing or two about such matters. After a series of blogs questioning the research, Rentokil has published "a clarification and an apology". This was a worst-case scenario, Rentokil now admits, based on assumptions such as the carriage never being cleaned or carrying any passengers to stamp on the pesky insects.
Recession boost for green fingers
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Get paid to flog your friends pizza
Short of cash? Allow Domino's Pizza to place an advert for its services on your social networking pages and you can earn 50p every time someone clicks through it to order a takeaway. Garlic bread all round.
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Has the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development sent an entry form for its People Management Awards to Downing Street? Some of the categories sound tailor-made for the Prime Minister's office – with gongs for best employee engagement, performance and reward, talent attraction and management, this is the PM's chance to put the bullying claims behind him.
Number of the day: 30 per cent
The minimum share of management jobs that Deutsche Telekom has promised will be held by women by 2015.
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