Lowes job cuts follow in wake of pounds 13.5m UDV drinks brands loss

Paul and Gary Marshall, the Lowe Howard-Spink creatives, were among redundancies made at the agency at the beginning of last week after the loss of the UDV business (Campaign, 30 April).

Paul and Gary Marshall, the Lowe Howard-Spink creatives, were among

redundancies made at the agency at the beginning of last week after the

loss of the UDV business (Campaign, 30 April).



Tony Hector and two other creatives are also understood to have been

made redundant last Tuesday. They left the company on Friday.



Lowes says 12 jobs were cut last Tuesday. On top of the redundancies,

two people have left the planning department of their own accord, and

will not be replaced.



The agency is not planning to make any further redundancies in the

forseeable future.



Two weeks ago, UDV pulled its global advertising for the Smirnoff,

Baileys and Malibu brands out of the Lowe Group. The account was worth

pounds 13.5 million in the UK.



Lowes suffered a further loss this week when it resigned the pounds 20

million Courts account following the client’s decision to move a chunk

of its press work into RPM3, which will now handle the furniture

retailer’s entire business.



There is also a shadow looming over the agency’s work on Whitbread

drinks brands, which include Heineken and Stella Artois, following

Whitbread’s recent proposal to dispose of its brewing interests.



The Marshall brothers, best known for their press and poster work,

joined the agency in 1997 from M&C Saatchi.



Before that they set up Bean MC in 1994 with Robert Bean and Mark

Cramphorn.



The four partners split in 1996 and Bean and Cramphorn went on to set up

BANC.