January is typically the time to look forward, to forecast and predict what will happen in the coming year. To understand the state of the UK sponsorship industry, however, it’s more worthwhile to look at what happened in the months leading up to Christmas. Rewind to the week after Black Friday in December and big sponsorship news landed from the brewers of the black stuff. Guinness secured an early Christmas bargain when it announced it had agreed to sponsor the Six Nations Championship for six seasons from 2019. Headlines centred around the cut-price nature of the deal, although it is reported that the figure will rise to around £12m per season in 2024. The fact that this deal is way short of the reported £100m that the committee expected to generate prompted suggestions that the market is soft in general. So, as we enter a year of potentially huge political and economic turmoil, were the challenges faced by the Six Nations a symptom of a wider malaise in the sector? … [Read more...] about Big brands doing big deals show the UK sports sponsorship industry remains in rude health
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The influential Legal 500 publication has published its definitive guide to the best lawyers and law firms in Wales. Here we feature a snapshot of their analysis in the areas of commercial property and corporate and commercial. Corporate and commercial south Wales Tier one firms Acuity Legal (Cardiff) Blake Morgan LLP (Cardiff) Capital Law LLP (Cardiff ) Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Cardiff) Geldards LLP (Cardiff ) Hugh James (Cardiff) Tier two Berry Smith (Cardiff) Greenaway Scott (Cardiff) JCP Solicitors (Swansea) Morgan LaRoche (Swansea, Carmarthen) Tier three Darwin Gray LLP (Cardiff) Douglas-Jones Mercer (Swansea) Tier four Dolmans (Cardiff) Red Kite Law LLP (Pembroke) Leading individuals Andrew Bound | Berry Smith Andrew Morris | Geldards LLP Christian Farrow | Acuity Legal Duncan Macintosh | Capital Law LLP Geraint Tilsley | Geldards LLP Gerallt Jones | Hugh James Greg Williams | Hugh James Iwan Walters | Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP Paul Pugh | … [Read more...] about The best legal firms and lawyers in Wales revealed by the Legal 500
WITH his trendy glasses and skinny jeans and her preppy good looks, Martin Sellner and his fiance Brittany Pettibone look like the kind of tame hipsters you'd bump into in a trendy corner of east London. But the truth is you're more likely to see Martin brandishing a flaming torch than a pumpkin spice latte, while Brittany is best known for the right-wing conspiracy theories she peddles on her YouTube channel. Between them, Martin and Brittany are leading figures among the European "alt-right" - the anti-immigration movement which propelled Donald Trump to power. Despite their harmless appearance, the pair have established such a reputation for spreading hate that they were banned from entering the UK when they arrived on British soil earlier this year. Martin, 29, is perhaps best known for leading a stunt where he and his supporters tried to sink rescue ships picking up refugees crossing the Mediterranean . His American fiance, meanwhile, is notorious for her conspiracy theory … [Read more...] about Trying to sink migrant ships, throwing ‘blood’ over refugees and now BANNED from Britain – is this hipster and his ‘Barbie’ fiance Europe’s most dangerous couple?