In Brief

18 May, 2007

Job shuffles at S&N

S&N UK's chairman and managing director, John Dunsmore, has been promoted to managing director, western Europe, with responsibility for UK, France, Portugal, Finland, Belgium, Greece and the European Venture Markets business. John Nicolson, formerly chairman of Greater Europe/USA, has been appointed managing director for eastern Europe, Asia and the US with responsibility also for the Russian Federation and Commonwealth of Independent States , joint venture businesses in India, China and Vietnam and the US export business.

Smoke ban reminders

The Department of Health has launched a TV ad campaign to raise public awareness of the smoking ban. The ad reminds viewers of the range of places in which smoking will be banned, including shops and work vehicles. Shops will be required by law to display no-smoking signs, which can be obtained from the DoH ahead of the ban which starts on July 1.

Conflict resolution seminar

Consultancy Maybo is holding a seminar which aims to clarify the BII's recent guidance on conflict resolution and physical intervention at work. The workshop on June 14 will explore implementing the BII's guidance in the workplace, risk assessment, violence reduction and training requirements. Formore details, contact Maybo on 01580 881386 or e-mail

Dad's favourites

Tesco is trialling a Father 's Day card containing a miniature bottle of FamousGrouse whisky or Cockburn's Special Reserve port in 705 stores. The cards, which have been created by alcohol gift supplier Blue Tree, will go on sale on May 31 and will retail at 3. If the trial is successful, Tesco will sell exclusively a Christmas card containing an alcohol miniature plus chocolates.

Sailing fans look to port

Cockburn's has struck a sponsorship deal with the Skandia Cowes Week sailing competition. In a bid to drive trial among its target audience of men aged 30-plus, Cockburn's complete range will be offered to visitors as the official port of the event, which takes place from Aug 4-11. The Cockburn's Port Hole bar will also be serving LBV and chilled 10 Year Old Tawny.

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Lifting the spirits

I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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