P Posted by Micky on April 8 2012 0 Comments Dougie Poynter, McFLY, News

The Economist Energy Summit 2012 is taking place on May 3.

On the original flyer promoting it was Chris Huhne, who, as we all know, resigned as environment secretary. Then another flyer arrived, this time without Huhne, who had been replaced by Anders Eldrup from DONG Energy. But now he has been forced to resign amid an investigation in to “unusual terms of employment” for some employees that he approved. An energy insider writes: “I wouldn’t want to be the person asked to replace Eldrup…” It gets better.

Also on the list as speakers are Tony Cocker, and Volker Beckers, chief executives of E.ON UK and RWE npower respectively — the two men responsible for decision by the two German power giants yesterday to shelve £15 million plans to build to new nuclear power plants in Britain. A move which could hit Britain’s aims to “secure a sustainable energy future” — which is, alas, The Economist’s tagline for what is in danger of becoming an inauspicious event.

*Boy band McFly and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor were at the Hard Rock Cafe on Old Park Lane last night to celebrate the launch of Moshi Monsters’ Music Rox, an album spun out of the hit kids’ website. The album, which is backed by Sony Music, could hit number one as it has out-sold Madonna on pre-sales. Michael Acton Smith, the MindCandy entrepreneur behind the Moshi brand, has already created toys, a magazine and a Nintendo DS game. So what’s next? Surely it’s got to be mobile…

*A Press release from a comparison site: “Is life insurance the newest way to say ‘I love you?” Er, no.

Gibson left red-faced over Morrisons’ Mirror gaffe

Huge embarrassment for Sir Ian Gibson, the multi-tasking chairman of both supermarket retailer Wm Morrison and newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror.

Gibson must have been initially thrilled when the two companies agreed a handy piece of mutual cross-promotion: The Daily Mirror is running a special offer which means readers can get £6 off when they spend £50 at Morrisons. So delighted was the red-top paper that it put the promotion on the front page this week, complete with a beaming photo of a Morrisons manager standing talking to a happy shopper with a child.

Alas the photo is out of date. The smiling, bald Morrisons man, Steve Gale, no longer works for the retailer. He joined Sainsbury’s as a regional manager in the West Midlands in February. He was a rising star at Morrisons as area manager for South Wales and he won Store Manager of the Year at the 2009 Retail Industry Awards.

Painter fails to inspire at Emap

Duncan Painter, the chief executive of magazines and events company Emap, is no Churchill. In January, the ex-BSkyB executive addressed his new troops at a sales & marketing conference that paved the way for a major reorganisation, which was announced on Wednesday and saw Emap renamed Top Right Group (the name is apparently meant to reflect the fact that revenues and profits graphs will now be heading to the top right, signalling brilliant growth).

After telling them that sales would become “the powerhouse of this business”, Painter added: “Do I believe that every single one of you is the greatest sales person on the planet and make your numbers? No.”

He went on to invite any failures to move job and regaled them with tales of how his previous companies’ sales teams made more money than them.


Great excuses for an insurance claim…

Insurer Admiral has put out a list of weird claims it’s faced this year. Including: The front seat passenger had a puppy on their lap which jumped down from the seat. The passenger reached down to pick up the puppy but accidently pulled up the handbrake causing the car to skid into another vehicle. A car was damaged at a village fete when a miniature pony broke loose and climbed over the bonnet.mA car was damaged by a peacock which on seeing its reflection, clawed the car. A driver was distracted by a camel and an elephant tethered at the side of the road and collided with a bollard. Or is that it’s way of saying that insurance fraud really, really is a big problem for insurers…

*Here’s an excellently named PR person: Anne Bourgeois of efinancialcareers. Her interests include property prices and being respectable.

*Time for another pointless press release from the CBI. Let’s guess: it agrees with something the government is doing: “The CBI today commented on the proposed new Controlled Foreign Companies (CFCs) regime set out in the Finance Bill.” Ian McCafferty, CBI Chief Economic Adviser, said: “These proposed CFCs rules strike a fair balance between…” Oh do stop.



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