Financial advisers have been appointed to look into increasing the private sector’s involvement in the Central Office of Information. The Government agency has two graphic design arms, one of which won the free pitch to design the Department for Education and Employment’s identity (DW 6 October). An interim report will be produced in a month, says a COI spokeswoman.

Logo for bank merger

Lloyds Bank and TSB Group have said they may need a new logo as a result of their decision to merge. ‘Names and a logo have been discussed, and design will be a consideration,’ says a Lloyds spokeswoman, adding that ‘as I understand it, the two logos may sit together. We need to examine how we can merge our image.’

Scottish Prospects

Grampian Holdings has issued its financial results using Prospect, a new interactive reporting package designed by Tayburn McIlroy Coates.

The group developed Prospect with Kidsons Impey Chartered Accountants under the name Entermedia Communications.

Grampian has issued its 1995 interim results on disc and as hard copy.

Tesco coffee change

Tesco is to change the design of packaging for its new range of own-brand coffees, Tesco Classic, launched this week. The chain has bowed to pressure from Nescafé owner Nestlé over fears of lookalike packaging.

The long-running ‘brand wars’ between brand owners and supermarkets is set to be given a fresh twist next week. British Producers and Brand Owners Group is expected to announce a name change for the group and a widening of its ranks to include design consultancies.

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