Marketing Matters Nov/Dec 2017 ISSUE 59

ACADEMIA MUST DO BETTER Those who thought that those running our universities might just be setting a good example to young people have had to think again as the …

AND THERE’S MORE University ethics might also be a consideration for choice. A recent investigation by the Daily Mail indicated that at least 24 universities, all …

BROADBAND CON A Which? survey of broadband speeds reveals that some providers are claiming speeds that are up to 62% higher than they really are…

OCH AYE A move to set a minimum price per unit for the sale of alcohol has been approved by the Supreme Court in Scotland, making the country the first in the world …

PLANE SILLY Meanwhile travellers by plane are emerging as problem drinkers, with 10% drinking 15 units or more on their flight. Reasons given are nerves, the easy …

ENDOWMENT FLOPS EXPOSED Tens of thousands of homebuyers who were persuaded to take out mortgage endowment policies with insurance companies in …

STEPHEN DRAWS THE LINE Actor Stephen Tomkinson (DCI Banks) has turned down lucrative voice-over work offers from a credit card company. This is, he says …

ADS IN THE DOCK
o An ad for Surrey Police that suggested hearing a crying baby was not a reason …
o A Royal Mail ad that was intended to raise awareness of identity theft has been …
o Virgin Active apologised to a ballet dancer who appeared in an ad for their gyms …

Event Organisers Update November 2017 ISSUE 158

TIME TO STOP THE BLACKMAIL Now our train driver’s unions have won a 30% wage increase for their poverty-stricken members after a year of holding travellers to …

HOLIDAY FRAUDSTERS JAILED A couple from Liverpool are the first to be jailed for making false claims of food poisoning on their holidays. Paul Roberts, 43, and his …

ICELANDIC FAKE A bad time, we see, for Skuli Mogensen, founder and CEO of Icelandic carrier Wow Air. Morgensen’s firm, stupidly, blitzed the press with a silly lie …

VENETIAN SCAM Visitors to Venice have been advised not to trust some of its restaurateurs after a group of three British tourists were charged £154 each for a …

DRAM SHAM A bottle of what was purported to be a very rare single malt whisky has been found to be a fake. The bottle of The Macallan, supposedly dating from 1878 …

RULE BRITANNIA? Hotel group Britannia have been voted the nation’s worst for the fifth year running in the annual consumer survey carried out by Which? magazine …

Charity Matters Oct/Nov 2017 ISSUE 75

EXPOSING SLAVERY In conjunction with the government’s anti-slavery units the London Evening Standard has issued readers with key signs for the public to look…

MORE PRISON FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY OFFENCES The RSPCA has welcomed the government announcement that the current maximum term of six months in prison …

CARE CRISIS Charities concerned with the care of the elderly have warned of the frightening extent of the crisis in the care home sector. A report by the Care Quality …

ONLINE PORNOGRAPHY BLAMED Charities have blamed the easy availability of online pornography for the revelations that child on child sexual assaults have …

MORE ON KID’S COMPANY “Unethical journalists” who conspired against her and “politicians who don’t know what is happening on the street” have been blamed for …

BAG BAN Charity collection bags posted through householder’s letterboxes are now banned, if the householder displays a sign advising charities the bags are unwanted…

A CHARITABLE CHANCELLOR? Chancellor Philip Hammond could face questions over his moral integrity after he shelved a review of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals …

Event Organisers Update October 2017 ISSUE 157

THE AMERICAN RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS KILLS MORE A gunman set himself up in a Las Vegas hotel room with an arsenal of rifles and killed 59 people, and injured more …

SPRINKLERS A MUST? In the wake of the Grenfell tragedy fire experts are warning that too many high-rise buildings, including “city centre hotels with hundreds of beds”…

DEVON HOTELIER JAILED A Devon hotelier has been jailed for 22 weeks, for assaulting members of her staff, and a police officer. Shirley Bothroyd, 59, owner of…

SHAMELESS GREED Following the controversy over the £451,000 package paid to Vice-Chancellor Dame Glynis Bakewell by Bath University Times Higher Education …

TOURIST GHOULS Chinese tourists taking selfies in Kensington, London with the blackened hulk of Grenfell Tower as a backdrop have been condemned as “ghouls” …

CHEAPO CITY BREAKS IN EUROPE Those concerned about the increased cost of staying in Europe while the pound is down might like to know the results of a Daily …

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH Adapted from the Jules Verne novel this science fiction classic was first made in 1959 and then remade in 1999 and 2008…

Marketing Matters Sep/Oct 2017 ISSUE 58

CLEVER SECRETS OF PR PROFESSIONALS Top PR firm Bell Pottinger, founded by Thatcher guru Lord Bell, has apparently been impressing their client, the Gupta …

RYANAIR MESSES UP AGAIN An estimated 400,000 passengers booked on Ryanair flights have had them cancelled as the company admits that it has mismanaged its …

ANOREXIA NO LONGER FASHIONABLE Unhealthily skinny models will need to start eating properly again if they want to work after Gucci, St Laurent and Vuitton et Dior …

RUIN YOUR LIFE, AND HELP THE TREASURY A proposed reduction in the amounts that can be gambled on high-street located FOBT’s (Fixed Odds Betting Terminals) …

KILLING THE KIDS A 2004 episode of the children’s cartoon character Peppa Pig was banned in Australia for being dangerously spider-friendly but then accidentally aired …

BET HE DOESN’T DRINK IT NOW Carling lager is weaker than advertised, the brewers Moulson Coors have claimed in court. Sold as having 4% alcohol by …

LAMB GAMBOLS OUT OF FAVOUR Sales of lamb have fallen by 25% over the last fifteen years as less families enjoy a Sunday roast, citing a lack of time and …

BIG MAN George Osbourne, former chancellor, banker’s friend, money-lover and editor of the London Evening Standard has been attracting some brickbats for his …

Event Organisers Update September 2017 ISSUE 156

TOURISTS ATTACKED IN SPAIN Activists who claim that tourism in Spain is destroying Spanish cities, driving up rents and forcing out young people are staging …

ANTI-SEMITIC SWITZERLAND? An Alpine hotel in Arosa, Switzerland has been branded as anti-Semitic after it put up a poster by its pool aimed at Jewish guests …

DON’T GET STUNG Organisers booking delegates into hotels overseas might want to enquire reference the hotel’s policy for guests who become ill, or are injured during …

EVENT DISASTER IN LIVERPOOL Tiny Cow, organisers of the recent new Hope and Glory music festival in Liverpool cancelled the second of the two days after a …

AMERICAN HOTEL BOOKING SCAM The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) is warning travellers that search engines are taking bookers to sites that …

LONDON LUTON AIRPORT “WORST” Management of London Luton airport say they are “disappointed” at the results of the Which? survey giving them a customer …

GRAVY TRAIN IN BATH Organisers booking events at Bath University, or planning to, may like to know that they are helping Britain’s highest paid Vice-Chancellor and her …

CATHEDRAL CONFERENCES The modern Ely Cathedral Conference Centre offers one room for 80 theatre-style, divisible into two, two rooms for 30 and one for 20 …

ACADEMIC VENUES The Academic Venue Showcase takes place on Wednesday October 11 at the Emirates Stadium, London. Entry is free and a range of short …

SAGA OF ANATAHAN “Men cluster to me like moths around a flame, and if their wings burn I know I’m not to blame” So sang Marlene Dietrich, one of the screen’s first …

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR An extra film review for September and a personal tribute. Film buffs, especially fans of comedy, will know that American comedian …

Charity Matters Aug/Sep 2017 ISSUE 74

RACIAL OR RACIST? Telling the truth and siding with justice can be tough calls in the UK when they involve racial aspects. Ask Labour MP for Rotherham Sarah …

SAD IT HAS TO BE The stupid and thoughtless actions of a few charities have now made it harder for all to fundraise. The Fundraising Preference Service allows any …

CURBING ABATTOIR CRUELTYCCTV cameras are to be installed in all slaughterhouses, to ensure that animals to be killed are treated with compassion …

SICK TV DROPPED Stan Kroenke, the American billionaire who owns 67% of Arsenal Football club has swiftly shelved plans to run a subscription bloodsports channel …

CHARITY THIEF SPARED JAIL A manager at the Simon Community charity for the homeless has been spared jail after stealing nearly £10,000 from his employer …

BREACHED FOX HUNTING LAWS The first convictions for breaching fox hunting laws in Scotland have been handed down to a father and son team. John Clive …

MOVING ON The head of the National Trust, Dame Helen Ghosh, 51, is leaving the UK’s biggest charity after a controversial five year tenure to become master of …

TALLY HO HO HO Could we ever see a situation where those who hunt, and/or support the hunts are placed on a special animal cruelty register, flagging them up as …

Event Organisers Update August 2017 ISSUE 155

SELFISH So who pays for clogging up London when roads and public areas are closed to the public to allow sponsoring companies to promote themselves by putting their …

PERFECT FOR A SAFE CORPORATE EVENT? An 18 year old male passenger was killed and seven people were injured when the 17 year old Fire Ball ride at the Ohio …

CASH COWS AND STRIKE FODDER London’s commuters by train are currently getting a very poor deal from our railway system, it seems. Firstly the cost is a …

WEDDING SCAM IN SCOTLAND Craig Williamson, 42, the wedding planner at Guthrie Castle, Angus, has appeared in court charged with fraud. Reportedly he double or …

ONE IN NORFOLK Southgreen Park is a modern non-residential events centre set in the village of Mattishall, in the heart of rural Norfolk and close to East Dereham …

EXTRAS AT THE MARRIOTT Well-heeled guests using the twelve premier suites at the London Marriott County Hall hotel are offered a Silver Lining package for £300…

DIARY DATES
27-28 September 2017 Festival and Outdoor Event Show. Sandown Park
11 October 2017 Academic Venue Showcase Emirates Stadium

DESTINY Is love stronger than death? This is a question explored in Destiny, the 1921 silent expressionist and allegorical film from director Fritz Lang, his first notable …

Marketing Matters Jul/Aug 2017 ISSUE 57

CRACKDOWN BITES IN COURT A crackdown by the travel industry against fake food poisoning claims for compensation from British holidaymakers has started to find its …

EUROPCAR RIP OFF ACCUSATIONS International car hire firm Europcar has been accused of ripping off its customers over the last 10 years with grossly inflated…

ARE YOU A STEREOTYPE? A serious report on gender stereotyping from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has been met with derision in some quarters …

NO MORE CARD TRICKS The adding of inflated surcharges for payment by credit card, which costs companies 0.6%, is to be banned from January. The ban will …

NO ICE THANKS An investigation by the BBC’s Watchdog programme has found levels, some “significant”, of faecal bacteria in ice served to customers at some of…

SALMON LEAP Those now including salmon in their diet, as an oily fish and good source of omega-3, might want to note its significantly increased price in the last …

ON SOCIAL MEDIA SO IT MUST BE TRUE Reportedly the efforts of one Jeremy Corbyn to market himself as the young person’s best friend are suffering a few minor …

Event Organisers Update July 2017 ISSUE 154

BRIT SCAM The image of Nigerians as people you could trust took a battering a few years back over advance fee “419” fraud, a scam that invited victims to help…

LIVE THERE, MEET THERE Vienna is the world’s best city in which to live, as well as where the most delegates attend meetings. The number one ranking for living was …

TIME FOR SLAVERY EXHIBITION AT BRITISH MUSEUM? A new book about the naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane, whose extensive collections were the basis …

ART OF ANCIENT ROME A large collection of 130 paintings by Victorian artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836 – 1912) are now on show at the Leighton House …

BAVARIAN OKTOBERFEST IN GREENWICH Those who like healthy German pork knuckles and sausages washed down with refreshing and slimming citrus white beer …

MICHAEL WEBB Those organising events for the charity and association sectors, and those companies supplying them will know about the CHASE exhibition…

WESTFRONT 1918, KAMERADSCHAFT Austrian film director George Wilhelm Pabst (1885-1967) had a talent for developing the acting talent of others, and for featuring …