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As UK’s high-streets crumble and close, David Cameron says society copying retail industry is the way forward. John Lewis, rather than Primark, obviously. John Lewis operates the same ‘ownership’ programme as Goldman Sachs, who precipitated the world’s credit crunch.

Barnaby Dawe, the marketing communications director at News International, is leaving the newspaper industry to become the chief marketing officer for book publisher HarperCollins.

Nestlé Waters UK mineral water brand Buxton has extended its deal as official water supplier to the England cricket team until the end of the 2013 season.

Nokia marketing stalwart Will Harris has left his role as head of marketing for South East Asia Pacific, following the relocation of the mobile phone company’s headquarters in the region.

PizzaExpress is supporting the launch of its low-fat Leggera pizzas and revamped restaurant branding with a celebrity-led campaign.

The Department for Education (DfE) is disbanding its 12-strong marketing team. The decision forms part of a wider restructure intended to strengthen its social-media and PR activity, as the number of government marketing posts continues to decrease.

Morrisons has poached White Stuff cross-channel director Alison Lancaster to become chief marketing officer of its Kiddicare brand and marketing director of online non-food at Morrisons.

Halfords is focusing on improving its online offering through the creation of a group digital director role, for which it has recruited Asda’s operations director for new business and home shopping, Clive West.

The UK is likely to already be in recession, according to two highly regarded economic forecasters, as developments in the eurozone paralyse the country’s recovery.

AMS, the independent media agency, has promoted managing director Paul Phelps to be its first chief executive and media director Duncan Collins to managing director, as part of a raft of appointments.

Independent media agency the7stars has appointed Rocket’s Dino Myers-Lamptey as its first head of strategy.

Gyro has made a raft of senior hires across its planning and creative departments.

DLKW Lowe has poached Dye Holloway Murray’s Frances Leach and Chris Bowsher to further boost its creative department.

ITV has made three new marketing appointments, bringing in marketers from Sainsbury’s, The Times and BBC Worldwide to lead its media planning and commercial and ITV Studios marketing divisions.

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