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United Kingdom : PCMS announces New Chief Executive Officer [TendersInfo (India)]
The company’s Smirnoff Red remained the same but registered at 1% volume sales decline in 2012 compared to marginal growth in 2011. Sales were bolstered by the increasing popularity of flavoured vodka. Smirnoff Vanilla, which was launched in late 2011, made significant gains throughout 2012 as consumer awareness increased following a strong advertising campaign. As a consequence, however, there was a fall in share for other Smirnoff variants such as Smirnoff Blue, its share remained marginal but its sales declined by a sharp 46%. Volume sales of spirits declined by 1% in 2012. Manufacturers faced a number of challenges, including growing price pressure, numerous pub closures and restricted consumer budgets. As a result, it was no surprise that the on-trade performed considerably poorer than the off-trade, with the former registering a fall of 3% in volume sales, albeit slightly up on last year’s performance. Inevitably, with consumers looking to save money, sales migrated from the expensive on-trade channel to the off-trade. The off-trade was boosted by the growing popularity of cocktails and increased spirits consumption at home. Spirits faces two combined threats, in common with all alcoholic drinks, over the forecast period. The first, a long-term trend, is that of consumers’ increasing health awareness, with many seeking to cut back on their alcohol consumption. The second is the uncertainty of the economic climate over the next five years. Given that spirits are some of the most expensive products in the alcoholic drinks market, this trend is perhaps more threatening to this category than to any other. Consequently, the off-trade is predicted to have a positive volume CAGR of 1% and a decline of 1% annually in the on-trade.
Since the IFI’s establishment, the U.S. Government has contributed over $500 million, roughly half of total IFI funding. The other major donor to IFI is the European Union. Bilateral Economic Relations The United Kingdom is a member of the European Union and a major international trading power. The United Kingdom is one of the largest markets for U.S. goods exports and one of the largest suppliers of U.S. imports. The United States and the United Kingdom share the world’s largest bilateral foreign direct investment partnerships. The United Kingdom is a large source of foreign tourists visiting the United States. It participates in the Visa Waiver Program, which allows nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for certain business or tourism purposes for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. The United Kingdom’s Membership in International Organizations The United Kingdom and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, G-20, G-8, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. The United Kingdom also is an observer to the Organization of American States. Bilateral Representation The U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom is Matthew Barzun ; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List .
United Kingdom: Bonnie Tyler to receive a BASCA award
Before joining PCMS, Mr. Dennison worked as general counsel at The Continuum Company and WebMD, and as vice president and deputy general counsel to Computer Sciences Corporation. Mr. Dennison holds more than 25 years of strategic leadership experience with a proven track record of organizational expansion. He is graduate with a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law with honors and received his B.A. with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Beryl Goldman, president of PCMS said, We welcome Jack s leadership and expertise to the PCMS team. This exciting partnership with Jack reinforces PCMS commitment to delivering the industry s most comprehensive, modern, web-enabled P&C solutions. We look forward to leveraging Jack s operational expertise and analytical skills to help take PCMS to the next level. Dennison said, I believe PCMS has the best technology in the P&C software market, and I m confident that gives us a competitive advantage as we expand the company. I m excited to be supported by an incredibly talented team with a passion to innovate. PCMS is a provider of modern, comprehensive cloud-based IT solutions for P&C insurers. (c) 2013 Euclid Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
United Kingdom spirits market: Diageo the industry leader with 25% volume share
The pop icon represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest this year with Believe in Me. Born in Skewen, South Wales she has released over sixteen studio albums. Her biggest successes include the album Faster Than The Speed Of Night in 1983, which included multi-platinum selling power ballads Total Eclipse Of The Heart and Holding Out For A Hero. Simon Darlow, Chairman of BASCA commented -I love the Gold Badge Awards! They are warmly given to those who contribute so much, often behind the scenes, to make our business so successful. It’s an honour and a pleasure for BASCA to give these awards in celebration of their achievements. Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive of PRS for Music said :The Gold Badge Awards celebrate those from across the business, who through their professional endeavours, benefit the work of songwriters and composers. Film production, art work, industry and legal support to management and performance all have a crucial part to play in keeping British music on a global stage. The recipients this year are all worthy winners and Im delighted we have the chance to celebrate and recognise their contribution. Stay tuned to esctoday.com for more news and information on Bonnie Tyler and the Eurovision Song Contest . About the author Robin Scott I attended my first Eurovision Song Contest in 1995, and from 1996 presented daily live reports for radio stations from the event. Since then I have been providing material from everywhere the contest has been held.