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 …

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 …