Charity Matters Apr/May 2019 ISSUE 83

SUPPORT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS A number of charities have joined the boycott of London’s Dorchester Hotel, by cancelling events due to be held there…

FIRST CONVICTION FOR FGM A Ugandan mother from Walthamstow has been handed an 11 year jail sentence for an act of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on …

CANCER CON A fraudster conned a small cancer charity into employing her as a £40,000 a year marketing and events manager by claiming that she had two …

DESPERATE CHEATS Felicity Huffman, 56, a former actress in the Desperate Housewives series, has admitted that an £11,000 bribe disguised as a …

SLAVERY AND THE NATIONAL TRUST The National Trust is researching the links to slavery that an estimated one in six of its properties has, to give visitors an …

LIBEL THREAT The cancer charity Melanoma UK has been threatened with legal action by the Sunbed Association for suggesting that regular use of sunbeds …

POSH GEAR IN TUNBRIDGE WELLS A Mind charity shop in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, has been given an estimated £50,000 worth of designer clothes to sell by an…

Marketing Matters Mar/Apr 2019 ISSUE 66

BIG PROBLEMS AHEAD FOR DORCHESTER GROUP Those responsible for marketing hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei have some serious thinking to do…

BAD BET FOR BOOKIES Marketeers at bookmakers Betfred and Paddy Power have been accused of continuing to target problem gamblers with new, addictive, roulette …

BREAK UP OF BIG FOUR ACCOUNTANCY FIRMS COMING? MPs have called for the break up of KPMG, Deloitte, PwC and EY, following the collapse of Carillion and …

MORE GOOGLE ABUSE PUNISHED The European Commissioner for Competition has fined Google £1.3 billion for abusing its monopoly on online advertising over …

PROCTOR AND GAMBLE DUMPED British singer Ellie Goulding has not renewed her contract with Proctor and Gamble to promote Pantene shampoo. Whilst no-one …

GIN MAKES YOU SIN If so there is a lot of sinning going on, going on the fact that sales of the Mother’s Ruin have nearly doubled in the last two years, according to …

RIPOSTE FOR O’BLARNEY Amusing to hear that Ryanair’s Michael O’Blarney attempted a joke about British Airway’s ill-fated flight to Dusseldorf that ended in…

SIEG HEIL TO VOLKSWAGEN THEN Someone else making a joke that rebounded on him, and his company was Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess. Diess, or his …

Event Organisers Update March 2019 ISSUE 172

TEENAGERS CRUSHED Three teenagers were crushed to death as they waited to get into a St. Patricks Day disco at the Grenvale Hotel in Cookstown, County … 

TRUST Like lots of others we rushed to renew our passport early because of the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, which had more than nine months left on it Like lots … 

DE MONTFORD UNIVERSITY AND VESTED INTERESTS The Vice-Chancellor of De Montford University, Dominic Shellard, has resigned over business links he … 

SLEEP TIGHT One concern many travelers have is being the victim of an infestation of bed bugs, something that unfortunately happened to the writer at the Moorfields …

SIESTA TIME A study by Greek cardiologists has found that an afternoon nap is as good for reducing blood pressure as taking pills or reducing salt in the diet … 

SHOAH : FOUR SISTERS Shoah, for many was the ultimate Holocaust documentary, taking its French director Claude Lanzmann 11 years to shoot and spanning more …

Charity Matters Feb/Mar 2019 ISSUE 82

GREED ALL ROUND More bad publicity is dogging the gambling industry after a Daily Mail reporter infiltrated the offices of Bet365 in the tax haven of Gibraltar and …

HOW MUCH TO THE CAUSE? Charities may soon be obliged to divulge how much of the money from donors is being spent on the cause and how much is going on …

KNIFE CRIME A father who’s son’s death from being stabbed while he was trying to break up a fight inspired him to set up a charity to fight knife crime was awarded …

LIVES OF MIGRANTS SAVED BY CHARITY Most migrants who try to reach Britain illegally by boat and get into difficulties at sea are then rescued by the volunteers …

SICK TEENS Britain has the highest rate of obesity, and rates of illnesses, amongst teenagers in Europe, two charities have reported. The Nuffield Trust and the …

COMICAL A row has erupted over a picture of TV journalist Stacey Dooley cuddling a child in Uganda that was posted by Dooley on social media whilst she was …

BREAST CANCER SCREENING NO-SHOWS More women aged 50 – 70 are failing to turn up for breast cancer checks, say charity Breast Cancer Now, which points …

CARE HOME QUALITY WORSENS The Independent Age charity has revealed that in a third of local authority areas the quality of care homes is worsening, with 40% …

JUST SEMANTICS? Charity Matters has been advised by the mental health charity MIND (Stockport) that our use of the phrase “committed suicide” in our recent …

Event Organisers Update February 2019 ISSUE 171

TRIUMPH FOR SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS? The credibility of those who are paid and used to promote products and services to their willing followers on social …

I’M GLAD YOU ASKED ME THAT Those organisers and PR types who think they are being awfully clever arranging for planted question at their events should know that …

A TITANIC EXPERIENCE Fine dining for up to 50 people with views over the Liverpool waterfront will be offered from next month on a new balcony at the 7th …

EVENT SHOWS TO DOCKLANDS International Confex, the Event Production Show and the PA Show are all moving from Olympia in 2020 and relocating at Excel in …

ONE FOR COVENTRY A new 88-bedroom boutique hotel is to be created by 2021 in Coventry city centre, in the former offices of the Coventry Evening Telegraph…

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Charles Laughton, 1999-1962, was the brilliant, bisexual and tortured actor who appeared in more than 50 films, most from 1933 …

Marketing Matters Jan/Feb 2019 ISSUE 65

HAVE YOU BEEN MISLED BY THESE? Fourteen women and two men who promote products and services to their fan bases on social media have pledged to the …

SIR NICK PULLS IT OFF Former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg has started earning the high salary he is now paid by Facebook, by defending Mark Zuckerberg’s firm …

MORE SPINNING FOR SIR NICK Meanwhile Facebook have apparently paid children as young as 13 to install an app that lets Facebook “researchers” spy on …

BOUQUET FOR CATHY PACIFIC Airline Cathy Pacific has won plaudits for standing by an error it had made when publishing prices for first class travel in its New Years …

L’OREAL WHITEWASH Freida Pinto, the Indian actress who rose to fame in the hit 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire has hit out at cosmetic firm L’Oreal, claiming they …

GUARDSMAN TO QUIT OVER SNOWFLAKES AD A Scots guardsman, Stephen McWhirter, is set to quit the Army after they used his photograph in a recruitment …

USURIOUS BANKS TO BE CURBED Invidious and greedy overdraft charges imposed by our banks are to be severely cut after investigation by the Financial …

FAUX FUR FROM RABBITS Online fashion firms have been selling items trimmed with “faux” fur that has actually come from rabbits…

ADS TO BE AXED Transport for London (TFL) is to axe ads for junk foods from Tube stations and bus stops from next month as part of London mayor Sadiq Khan’s war …

Event Organisers Update January 2019 ISSUE 170

PICK YOUR COMEDIAN One useful and enjoyable annual event put on for organisers is the Speaker Drinks evening staged at the Institute of Directors venue …

SEE YOU, JIMMY Tourism chiefs at VisitScotland used a picture of a Glencoe cottage once owned as a holiday home by disgraced BBC celebrity and sex offender Jimmy …

ART HISTORY COURSE A four-session course The Pre-Raphaelite Revolution is being offered by the Leighton House Museum in Kensington…

NEXT BIG THING? Plans are being considered for The Entertainment Resort, a world-class theme park with supporting hotels containing conference space, as well …

SOME ITALIAN WINE A recent tasting of nearly 100 wines from Italy, organised on behalf of Italian wine expert Daniele Cermilli (who styles himself Doctor Wine) …

NEW FOR MANCHESTER The 187 bedroom Hotel Indigo has opened close to Victoria Station in Manchester and claims to bring its brand of “contemporary …

THE HAPPY PRINCE This is the ironic title of the latest, and arguably the best of the bios of the famous and infamous author, playwright and bon viveur Oscar Wilde …

Charity Matters Oct/Nov 2018 ISSUE 81

MOTABILITY LATEST Mike Betts, CEO of Motability Operations a firm supplying disabled people with vehicles in exchange for their taxpayer funded benefits has …

MISJUDGMENT Criticism of Diabetes UK has followed their decision to accept £500,000 in sponsorship from Britvic, makers of the fizzy drinks Tango and Pepsi …

BLOOD MONEY? Gambling addiction charities have attacked the £265 million salary that founder and joint CEO of online gambling firm bet365 Denise Coates CBE…

BOOKMAKER ACCEPTED STOLEN CHARITY MONEY Bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) have been fined £2.2 million by the Gambling Commission for failing …

CHARITIES TO LOSE OVER NEW PROBATE FEES The greatly increased fees charged by the government for probate next year could adversely affect the amount …

THEFT INVESTIGATION A travel firm in Kent is being investigated by police for theft from a charity after they failed to provide flight tickets to New Zealand that had …

NEW SUICIDE CHARITY Two mothers whose 16 year old son and daughter from the same school committed suicide have set up a charity to help make sure their …

NO JOKE A comedian has pulled out of a student charity fundraiser at the University of London in January where he had agreed to give his time free, after he was asked …

Event Organisers Update December 2018 ISSUE 169

PUT PASSENGERS FIRST? THAT’S A GOOD ONE AT GOVIA… There was an “extraordinary complacency about protecting the interests of passengers” among …

BOUQUETS, AND BRICKBATS Impressed to note that charity Diabetes UK has just won the award from the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers …

ARE YOU AFFECTED? An estimated 500 million people who booked a Starwood branded hotel in the last four years have been affected by a massive data breach …

DRUNK PILOT JAILED A Japan Airlines pilot who was attempting to fly his Boeing 777 while more than nine times over the legal limit of alcohol in the blood has …

VENUE NEWS

o Plans are in hand for a new, 150-bedroom hotel in Church Street, Liverpool …
o The 334-bedroom Hotel Russell on London’s Russell Square “needs to sort …

TOP NOSH A Bristol restaurant has won the number one spot in the Harden’s 100 Best UK Restaurants list for this year. The food at Casamia, The General in …

OUR INDUSTRY CHANGES

o Centaur Media, publishers of Marketing Week are looking to sell The Meetings …
o After 13 years as editor of Conference News Paul Colston has left to work on …

EXCURSIONS Those involved in organising group travel are invited to attend Excursions, a free one-day exhibition at Alexandra Palace, London. This is running …

UNDER THE TREE Inga is the maliciously evil neighbour from hell in this dark and affecting cautionary tale of suburban warfare escalating out of control between …