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GForces picks up the ‘Best Website’ honour at the Motor Trader Awards

by on August 6, 2012 in Ecommerce, Marketing, Nuggets, Retail News, Websites

GForces, the UK’s leading web marketing firm in the UK automotive sector, has picked up several prestigious industry accolades, scooping the ‘Best Website’ honour at the Motor Trader Awards and, just days later, ‘Best Web Design for Franchised Dealers’ in the Car Dealer Power awards.


Starbucks UK and Ireland has unveiled a partnership to create 200 drive-through and 100 conventional stores over the next five years, creating 5,000 jobs

by on June 13, 2012 in Lead story

Kris Engskov, the managing director of Starbucks UK and Ireland, learned a huge amount during his seven years working as the assistant press secretary and personal aide to the former US President Bill Clinton.

On his fellow Arkansas native, Mr Engskov says: "He had a vision for where to take people and how to lead. While Engskov denies it is a turnaround role – citing its growing underlying sales as the time – this theory holds some water, as his appointment coincided with another high-profile executive Michelle Gass becoming president of Europe.

Among the deluge of UK initiatives, 41-year-old Engskov has pushed on with its store refurbishments, has signed up its first franchise partners and has unveiled a partnership to create 200 drive-through and 100 conventional stores over the next five years, creating 5,000 jobs.


Guinness World Record™ attempt for longest video games marathon playing a card game

by on June 11, 2012 in Apps & Software, Gamification, Ireland, Lead story

Two Players of PopCap’s Latest Social Game to Undertake World Record Marathon For Leading Nonprofit – Donation Period Now Open

DUBLIN, Ireland – June 11, 2012 — PopCap Games, a division of EA and maker of some of the world’s most popular video games, today announced a public, transatlantic Guinness World Record attempt for Longest Videogames Marathon Playing a Card Game involving the company’s latest hit social game, Solitaire Blitz™ and the kickoff of an online donation drive that will generate thousands of pounds for leading non-profit organisation charity: water©, which brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.


Business opportunity flagged up : Enter the fast food takeaway market in the UK with Masala 2 Go

by on May 31, 2012 in Lead story, Retail

"Every one of us spend £51,000 over a lifetime feeding our curry addiction"

Masala 2 Go (M2GO) is a brand new Indian takeaway franchise set to ruffle some feathers in the UK’s take out industry.Visit and register your interest [more…]

Research News : insight engineers will set up and collect (for free) quick opinion poll-style questions

by on May 22, 2012 in featured item, Lead story, Research, Retail News

Jeff Deighton writes in his new website / blog ...

There’s an old English proverb that starts For want of a nail, the shoe was lost…” that illustrates the larger consequences of not taking care of the small things.

To help our clients and prospects take care of at least some of the small things, we’ve set up and collected (for free) quick opinion poll-style questions, which we call ‘Test & Vote’. [more…]

“Calamity” blunder : SuperGroup admitted it can’t count

by on April 20, 2012 in Blunders, Lead story, Retail, Retail News, Uncategorized

Fashion retailer SuperGroup admitted it can’t count today when it blamed “arithmetic errors” in its wholesale business for contributing to another calamitous profit warning.


Bigpoint and Fox Consumer Products herd together to launch “Ice Age Online”

by on April 13, 2012 in Film, Gamification, Marketing, News you can use, Retail News, Uncategorized

Bigpoint today announced its partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to develop an online game based on Ice Age, the hit motion picture franchise.

With access to the most popular characters and settings from the films, the free-to-play browser game – Ice Age Online – will give fans a new way to experience the entertaining prehistoric storylines. [more…]

Benefit more from buying into an existing structure and platform than starting completely cold on your own

by on April 6, 2012 in Apps & Software, Nuggets, Retail News, Small Business, Startups, Websites

“There are lots of challenges involved with a business franchise,” says Max K Thompson – founder and MD of Plug and Play Marketing franchise in Southampton, Hampshire. “But I absolutely think it was the right decision for us and we’re thrilled we chose this business model.”

Max, along with business partner and entrepreneur Rhys Little started Plug and Play in 2010 after learning of the possible opportunities and possibilities that buying into an existing business model could hold.  Call 02380 982 012


All about the Games for Brands conference, launching in London on October 27th

by on September 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

 Games for Brands Limited announce the speaker line-up for the inaugural Games for Brands conference, launching in London on October 27th
Next month creative [more…]