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Bob Brooks: Director and photographer behind noted TV ads

They peel them with their metal knives... then they smash them all to bits... they are clearly a most primitive people".

WPP's return to UK a boost for Osborne

The advertising giant WPP has confirmed it is moving its tax base from Ireland back to the UK in a long-awaited decision that will be a boost for the Chancellor, George Osborne.

Advertising giant WPP plans return to UK

Advertising giant WPP gave Chancellor George Osborne a boost today by confirming plans to move its headquarters back to the UK.

Sir Martin Sorrell carries the Olympic flame through the streets of Redbridge in London yesterday

Marketing guru Sorrell jogs on by with a smile

First came Coca-Cola's free sample bearers. Then the trotting Samsung flag distributors and the Lloyds TSB streamer wavers. And finally, with a broad smile as he bore the fiery symbol of sporting purity, came the millionaire ad man who knows the power of a brand more than any other.

France’s top ad man on growth, creativity and the French economy

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Leading article: More power to the shareholders

New rules requiring that shareholders authorise executives' pay deals are to be unambiguously welcomed. As is the decision from the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, to insist that firms provide a single, clear figure for the total remuneration that directors receive for the year. So-called "golden handshake" payouts, when an executive exits a firm, must now also be spelled out in advance.

Vince Cable plans executive pay crackdown

Vince Cable moved to strengthen the hand of shareholders today by giving them powers to lead the crackdown on excessive executive pay deals.

Margareta Pagano: Muddled analysis behind this new lending plan

Supplying more money to the banks so they can provide loans to small businesses and for mortgages is a gamble and potentially dangerous

The short knight, the tall pay and an investor rebellion

For comedy purposes only, we return, with great reluctance, to Sir Martin Sorrell. Here's the man some call June 21st – that's the shortest (k)night – discussing the fuss over his gigantic pay: "We understand what people are concerned about and the board will be consulting widely with shareholders to find out specifically what they have in mind."

James Moore: Governance issue puts me off taking a punt on WPP

Investment View: The company's reward packages present a genuine investment problem

Simon English: The short knight, the tall pay and an investor rebellion

Outlook For comedy purposes only, we return, with great reluctance, to Sir Martin Sorrell. Here's the man some call June 21st – that's the shortest (k)night – discussing the fuss over his gigantic pay: "We understand what people are concerned about and the board will be consulting widely with shareholders to find out specifically what they have in mind."

Shareholders vote against WPP boss pay package

Advertising boss Sir Martin Sorrell suffered a major rebuke today in one of the biggest pay revolts of the current "shareholder spring".

WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell faces pay deal backlash

WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell will face a backlash tomorrow over the £6.8 million pay deal he has defended as a reward for "performance, not failure".

What the Sunday papers said...

The Independent on Sunday: Lader puts the boot into WPP investors

James Moore: First blood goes to Lord Bell in battle of the heavy hitters

Outlook Seconds out: round two. Chime Communications yesterday unveiled the terms of the sale of its public relations and lobbying businesses to Lord Bell, who is also Chime's chairman, for close to £20m.

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