‘Relax visa rules’ plea

Leading figures from the creative industries have backed calls for Britain to relax visa rules for foreign workers or risk harming its competitiveness in the global war for talent.

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Anti-smoking campaigns are regularly updated and renewed

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'Francis Maude has disrupted a perfectly good system and replaced it with one which is bureaucratic and costly' says IPA head

Postcard from... Berlin

'Uh Dad, I'm gay': Unilever distances itself from ‘homophobic’ Flora advert

Commercial seemed to suggest that receiving news that your child is gay was comparable to receiving a bullet to the heart

Business week in review

In profit...

Sage of Soho declares advertising booming but attacks rival merger

WPP cheered the City yesterday as its half-year profits surged almost 20 per cent to £429m and the advertising giant promised to keep raising the dividend.

An artist's impression of Hampden Park, Glasgow 2014

Get set, Glasgow: A million tickets for Commonwealth Games on sale

Up to a million tickets will go on sale this morning for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with officials hoping to build on the popularity of the British athletes who starred at the Olympics.

Storm brewing over Publicis and Omnicom ad merger

Corporate governance advisers have warned they have "problems" with how the bosses of Publicis and Omnicom have carved up boardroom roles between them for the next five years as part of their £23bn advertising mega-merger.

Sir Martin Sorrell: Omnicom, Publicis deal will result in an exodus of talent

WPP advertising supremo Sir Martin Sorrell today forecast that rivals Publicis and Omnicom would suffer a wave of client defections and an exodus of talent after their £23 billion mega-merger.

Publicis and Omnicom’s £23bn merger knocks Sorrell’s WPP off global summit

Advertising was shaken to its foundations on Sunday as a $35bn (£22.7bn) mega-merger between two industry rivals toppled Sir Martin Sorrell’s WPP as the world’s biggest firm.

Unicef's 'sweat machine' turns perspiration into drinkable water

The machine was designed to promote a Unicef campaign raising awareness over lack of access to clean water

Advertising careers: If at first you can't succeed, why not do it yourself?

This is the story of two young grads, frustrated at the sheer lack of career opportunities left to them, who decided to take a radical approach to finding work in the advertising industry

Danny Rogers: Women are finally taking over from the Mad Men

The recent Media360 conference in London was an eye-opener, but in a different way from usual.

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