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 …

Marketing Matters Sep/Oct 2018 ISSUE 64

BIAS AT BBC TODAY PROGRAMME The BBC’s Radio Four Today news programme is under attack for claiming that research into the last budget …

BAD DECISION? A body that clears ads before they go public has refused to clear an animated one for Iceland stores that features the destruction of …

MORE AIRPORT PARKING FIRMS RUBBISHED
o A customer who entrusted her BMW to Manchester Airport Parking …
o A meet and greet parking firm run by a convicted fraudster has been …

AIRLINE SEAT SCAM Those booking airline seats as families and want to be sure they sit together are being squeezed by the airlines for extra …

TIM PULLS IT OFF We have to confess admiration for Tim Martin, the chairman of pub company Wetherspoons. Martin has prepared his 880 …

NISSAN BOSS NEARLY PULLS IT OFF Following the £700 million fine recently handed down to Audi for selling cars rigged to cheat on diesel …

BLACKMAIL SCAM CIRCULATING Readers are advised that blackmail emails are circulating demanding £500 to not send details of the victim’s …

Event Organisers Update November 2018 ISSUE 168

WOMAN BLINDED TO SUE RYDER CUP ORGANISERS A woman golf fan who was blinded by a wayward golf ball whilst watching the Ryder Cup championship is …

DIRTY MONEY NOW REFUSED A British birdwatching exhibition, Birdfair, has cancelled its sponsorship agreement with binocular manufacturer Bushnell over …

CURBING THE DRUNKS Airport bars in the UK, which can sell alcohol round the clock, may soon be subject to the same licensing laws as high street bars, that is, no  …

CHOCOLATE MESS An event promoted as “A massive Willy Wonka inspired dreamland with a mouth-watering array of the finest cocoa money can buy” has …

HOTEL RATINGS Good customer satisfaction ratings were given to Premier Inn (79%) Hilton Garden Inn (77%), Fullers (75%), Marriott Renaissance (73%) in the latest …

TIME TO PULL OUT? The Swiss watch firm Swatch has pulled out of sponsoring next year’s Baselworld watch and jewellery trade fair, reportedly citing the high cost of …

NEW BIG ONE Las Vegas is to be the home of a large new conference and exhibition centre built by Caesar’s Entertainment. Caesar’s Forum will offer the two largest …

HITLER’S HOLLYWOOD Those with an interest in German films and their history will want to own two excellent and thought-provoking documentaries which cover the …

Charity Matters Aug/Sep 2018 ISSUE 80

TERRORIST ATROCITY TRIGGERS NEW CHARITY The grieving Australian parents of a 21 year old woman who was one of seven killed at London Bridge and Borough …

MOTABILITY EXPOSED The Daily Mail has been praised for exposing the greed of those running the Motability charitable scheme whereby vehicles are supplied to …

STEALING FROM CHARITIES
o A six year jail sentence has been handed down to Nadia Ali, finance officer for …
o A one year jail sentence has been handed down to Akbar Siddiqi, a fundraising …

MALE SUICIDE DROPS The number of male suicides last year dropped to 4,382, the lowest since data was first recorded in 1981, against a total suicide toll of 5,821 …

BIG GAIN FOR OXFAM The death of Richard Cousins, 58, the multi-millionaire CEO of catering firm Compass has resulted in a £41 million payment of most of his fortune to …

MOBILE PHONE SCAM? Charity Citizens Advice are advising all those with mobile phones and a “bundled” contract for handset, data and call charges to check whether …

ABANDONED AT CHARITY SHOP The RSPCA are looking for a person who cruelly abandoned an eight-week old border terrier cross puppy in a hand bag, with its paws …

Event Organisers Update October 2018 ISSUE 167

AUDIO VISUAL FIRM BETRAYED Audio visual and event production company Big Purple Productions were defrauded out of more than £200,000 by their trusted office …

NOISE OF KILLING A wealthy aristocrat with links back to Sir Frances Drake faces a noise abatement order over the lucrative organised game bird and clay pigeon …

STAY IN A BIT OF HISTORY Those who like to walk in the footsteps of the famous and infamous have been given a list of hotels in history by the Mail on Sunday …

TOP UK ATTRACTIONS The British Museum has retained its position as the most visited free UK attraction for the 10th consecutive year with 5,906,716 visitors in …

VENUE NEWS
o The owner of an historic wedding venue in Cheshire, Haslington Hall, near Crewe …
o Two new easyHotels have opened in Yorkshire offering budget accommodation in …
o The Good Pub Guide has named the Old Joint Stock in Birmingham city centre …

SALVADOR It is hard not to admire director Oliver Stone’s intense and thought-provoking Salvador (1986) – for many his best film – and the Oscar-nominated …

Event Organisers Update September 2018 ISSUE 166

FAKE TRIPADVISOR REVIEWER JAILED The owner of an Italian marketing agency that wrote fake reviews for hotels and restaurants has been jailed for nine months …

VENUE “SHAMBLES” AT WREST PARK A Van Morrison concert at Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire has been widely condemned as a “shambles” Reportedly fans …

GREED IN UNI SECTOR REDUCING NOW The management of Bath University, who employed the greedy Dame Glynis Breakwell as a £470,000 a year Vice-Chancellor …

VENUE NEWS
o The 19-storey Lume Hotel has opened on Manchester’s Oxford Road, offering 12 …
o A clay pigeon shooter has been found dead during a shoot at Clandon Park House …
o Furious objections have been lodged over plans to demolish the current 906 …

TOP TUCKER Notting Hill restaurant Core has won the Harden’s Top Gastronomic award for this year. Core is the first venture of chef Clare Smyth, who formerly ran …

FREE SPEAKER FINDING OFFER Speaker website IWantASpeaker.com is looking to give a free speaker finding service to a few organisers who use outside guest …

WEIMAR ART Art in Germany between the wars is the subject of a free, long-running exhibition, “Magic Realism” at the Tate Modern. This includes around 70 artworks …

BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY To the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue for the West End debut of the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute Big Girls Don’t Cry, touring …

LUCKY Right at the end of Lucky, Harry Dean Stanton’s last, and for many the best, film role just before he died the actor turns to camera and gives a cheeky grin …

Marketing Matters Jul/Aug 2018 ISSUE 63

WORTHLESS The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating claims that some advertisers are using participants in reality TV shows to plug products or …

GATWICK PARKING PROBLEMS A company director who ran a “meet and greet” service at Gatwick and then parked customer’s cars in muddy fields and public car …

RECORD FINE FOR GOOGLE A fine of £3.8 billion has been handed down to Google by the European Commission for breaches of competition law. The Commission says …

A KICKING FOR HERMES Staff at delivery company Hermes were filmed in January punching customer parcels and throwing and kicking them around the depot in …

TURKEY BEFORE CHRISTMAS? The fall in value of the Turkish lira has made a cheap break in the country a real possibility for those hunting a bargain. Despite …

BRING A BOTTLE One piece of railway marketing not thought through is from the clever people who have ordered the smart, new £1billion Bombardier Class 345 …

STUPID MARKETING Learn from their mistakes.
o Wiscombe Cider’s Suicider brand has been banned from sale at a festival following …
o The Bristol Dry Gin distillery was criticised for calling a new vodka Novichok.
o Airline Tui handed out badges to boys saying “Future Tui Captain” and badges to …

Event Organisers Update August 2018 ISSUE 165

ONE WAS THERE, ACCIDENTALLY We’d decided to take a day trip by coach to Brighton, attracted by the £12 return fare for seniors and the convenient pick-up in … 

EJECTION FOR GRAPHIC TRUTH An anti-abortion group, Life, was kicked out of the Lambeth Country Show last month after a few of the 150,000 visitors complained …

ECOLI DEATH IN UNKNOWN CORFU HOTEL A fit and healthy mother died last August after eating “bloody” chicken infected with E.coli in a hotel buffet restaurant … 

TOP LOSSES The Shangri-La Hotel, which occupies floors 34-52 of the Shard has lost more than £60 million since it opened four years ago. The five-star hotel offers …

OLYMPIA MAKEOVER Olympia Exhibition and Conference Centre is to get a £1 billion refurbishment under plans drawn up by its new owners, Yoo Capital. (Evening …

VINHO VERDE To a tasting of Vinho Verde wines from quintas (farms) in North-West Portugal and available in the UK. The wines are increasingly popular in the UK as …

DE NIRO HOTEL SCRAPPED Plans by actor Robert De Niro and BD Hotels for a hotel in Covent Garden have been scrapped. The Wellington Hotel was to have 83 … 

NO NEPOTISM HERE, RIGHT BRUV? The former CEO of Excel exhibition and conference centre, David Pegler is to be sued for more than £2million by his former …

THE BUTTERFLY TREE If a bittersweet film about beauty, and the loss of it floats your boat then you’ll love The Butterfly Tree. This ravishingly-shot and quirky Australian …