Emap Digital and the Royal Horticultural Society are to launch a
joint venture one-stop gardening e-shop, grogro.com. The site, which
goes live on 22 May, will allow gardeners worldwide the opportunity to
buy more than 1,000 products and plants available at this year’s Chelsea
A consortium of blue-chip organisations from UK government, business and
academia have formed a virtual community, called The
LifestyleNetwork.net, to help identify new-business opportunities in the
emerging digital economy. Founder members include the manufacturer
Cadbury Schweppes, Cranfield Business School and the Department of Trade
Organic has announced the opening of a global research and development
lab aimed at enhancing its technological and creative offerings for
clients worldwide. Its first work will focus on wireless and mobile
computing initiatives, including cellular phones and next-generation
The sports site Teamtalk is to support its recent addition of Rugby
League to its website with an advertising and marketing campaign. An
online campaign is also being planned. The addition of rugby is part of
a move to broaden the site’s focus beyond football news.
The online box-office brand Firstcalltickets.com has projected a massive
growth in the online ticket market from pounds 22.2 million last year to
a projected pounds 400 million by 2005. It attributes much of the growth
to music event ticket purchasing, followed closely by sports and theatre
The UK music website NME.com has announced it has passed the milestone
of one million unique users for March 2000. The figure makes the site
the UK’s leading music website.
The online community site Cycosmos.com has followed its soft launch with
the announcement of a pounds 2 million ad campaign to comprise fly
posters, TV ads and inserts. The site allows users to create a virtual
persona by choosing from more than 30,000 possible character attributes,
leading to a possible 30 million alternative identities.
The digital agency Zinc has been appointed to design a website for
Virgin Cola. The site will use the Rollercola Girl image and be
The digital agency Razorfish is set to continue its expansion into
Europe with the launch of a new Milan office. The new office will
capitalise on Italy’s burgeoning digital industry.
The video-on-demand company Yes TV has cut its offer price, having
already delayed its planned flotation. Yes TV has announced a new price
Streets Online, the entertainment e-tailer, has cut its flotation value
by half as the markets continue to realign the value of internet stocks.
Streets Online, which is part owned by BSkyB and Freeserve, was
expecting a valuation of pounds 150 million and is now to be valued at
around pounds 75 million when it floats in June.
BBC Worldwide has signed a ground-breaking deal to distribute and sell
its television news stories via a new web service, tvnewsweb.com.
Television companies from around the world will be able to visit the
site and purchase BBC news packages to use in their programming.