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Ex-M&S marketing chief Steven Sharp is consulting for WPP

Steven Sharp, the former marketing director of Marks & Spencer, is working as a consultant for WPP, which now holds both the creative and media accounts for the retailer.

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Pitch update: eBay's media contest, DFS and 2 Sisters Food Group

With most of the bigger media pitches now wrapped up (much to the satisfaction of Sir Martin Sorrell), you d have thought that agencies would be taking a breather for Easter. Sadly, none of it. MediaCom is among the agencies waiting eagerly for the o...

 

Clients boost spend in traditional channels

Increases in client spend on traditional media channels have outstripped that on digital for the first time in three years, according to the latest IPA Bellwether Report.

 

Tata seeks shop for branding brief

Tata Group, the Indian conglomerate that owns Jaguar Land Rover, Tetley and Tata Steel, is looking for an agency to handle its first global corporate advertising campaign.

 

Agencies line up for beer promotion task

Global Brewers Initiative, the consortium of alcohol manufacturers seeking to boost beer sales, is looking for an agency to handle its UK advertising account.

 

Atomic lands Cancer Research legacy brief

Atomic London has been hired by Cancer Research UK to lead the charity's legacy marketing and direct giving campaigns.

 

Sorrell says Publicis / Omnicom's 'merger of equals' is 'impossible'

Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP, has called attempts by rival holding groups, Omnicom and Publicis Groupe to form a £23 bilion "merger of equals" "impossible".

 

Ben Felton to head strategy at The Marketing Store

Ben Felton, the executive planning director at MRM Meteorite, has joined The Marketing Store as chief strategy officer.

 

Dentsu Aegis is only media network on Government's market research roster

Dentsu Aegis, the parent network of Carat and Vizeum, has become the only media network to be appointed to the Government's market research roster which has just been announced.

 

Watch: Why ustwo is the 'John Lewis of digital'

Part-studio, part-agency: Scott Ewings, managing director at ustwo, explains why the company is such a good place to work.

 

Watch: Four tips on using digital and creativity together in business

Technical skills and creative flair do not have to be mutually exclusive. Jason Goodman, Steve Henry, Danielle Newnham and Eric Brotto offer advice on how the two can come together in business.

 

Trading Places: this week's people moves

David Kolbusz leaves Bartle Bogle Hegarty for New York and Delia Bushell joins BT TV and Sport as managing director from BSkyB, in this week's round-up of people moves in advertising, marketing, media and PR

 

Campaign Viral Chart: Evian's Spider-Man tops chart in week of movie premiere

Evian, the French bottled-water brand, tops the most-shared ads chart this week with its "amazing baby & me 2" spot by BETC Paris.

 

Dawson unveils start-up agency

Neil Dawson, the former executive creative director of BETC London who left the agency suddenly in January, has launched a shop called Dawson Pickering.

 

UK marcoms industry lacks digital skills, research finds

Confidence in creating digital and mobile campaigns is still low among marcoms and media professionals in the UK, according to a survey by The Knowledge Engineers.

 

Agencies vie for NHS digital brief

NHS Blood and Transplant, the special health authority that supplies blood and organs to hospitals in England and North Wales, is looking to appoint a digital agency.

 

Dare creates European Ryanair ads

Dare has created Ryanair's first pan-European advertising campaign, as the budget airline seeks to soften its image among consumers.

 

Advertising body ISBA welcomes Javid as culture secretary

ISBA, the advertising trade body, has welcomed the appointment of Sajid Javid as secretary of state for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and praised his "strong business background".

 

Labour pushes for bill to stop payday loan ads 'grooming' children

Labour is trying to introduce a ban on TV ads for payday loans before the 9pm watershed, in an attempt to prevent children pestering their parents to apply for them.

 

Mediacom reveals full details of sponsorship tools

Mediacom's sport division has revealed the details of a new set of connected sponsorship tools for clients to select and evaluate sponsorship deals.

 

Mother Design wins Barbican brief

Mother's design arm has been appointed by the Barbican to create the graphics and marketing for its 'Digital Revolution' exhibition.

 
 

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