23 March, 2007
n Singer Gordon Grahame is hoping the £14 million Kingsmill ad campaign will boost his career. Gordon, 39, who performs as Lucky Jim, was stunned when parent Allied Bakeries asked to use his song, You're Lovely To Me.
The Edinburgh-born musician said: "I have been playing tiny gigs, but this will allow me to take things to a whole new level."n The former Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Charles Clarke, will be the keynote speaker at the Forum of Private Business' second national Small Firms Summit on 17 October at Central Hall, Westminster. The event aims to give owners and managers of smaller businesses a chance to meet and discuss how different aspects of government policy affect their companies. Book online at [http://www.fpb.org/summit].n Caterers will receive a £10 HMV voucher for every two cases of Tetley 2 x 1100s bought between 2 April and 11 May. If they buy 10 cases, they can choose between £50-worth of HMV vouchers or a Pure Digital Radio. Buying 48 cases will mean they are eligible to receive a mixture of the two gifts or the latest Sony DAB Micro Hi-Fi Unit. n The family behind the Patak's brand is considering a sale of all or part of the business and has hired the investment bank NM Rothschild to review a deal with Unilever or Heinz, or the sale of a stake to private equity. Chairman and chief executive Kirit Patak said the review was intended to help the business become "the world's leading supplier of authentic Indian food". The family is understood to be keen to retain some involvement with the company.