WPP Group has continued its relentless growth, trading figures reveal for the first nine months of this year. In constant currencies revenues rose by more than 12 per cent, with gross profit up by 11 per cent. Net new business billings for the period were 878m.

Wagstaffs has created the packaging for a new range of premium Mr Kipling cakes. The design aims to retain the brand’s core values of heritage, warmth and home-made style, while giving it a more up-market feel than the existing ranges.

Bristol-based Robson Dowry Associates has designed the identity and literature for Green Electron, a new environmental scheme for South Western Electricity Board.

Paper White has been appointed by the Royal Academy of Arts to design the publicity campaign for the forthcoming exhibition Art Treasures of England. Featuring more than 400 works, the exhibition starts on 22 January.

Ed Sneller has been promoted to creative director at Aricot Vert Design. This will see him responsible for sales and marketing at the Hampshire consultancy.

The Automobile Association Publishing’s 1998 catalogue is created by Rhodes Design. The brochure is aimed at the trade, corporate and retail sectors and ‘is intended to stand out from publications within the travel industry’, says group senior designer Julian Van Loxton. On inside pages AA employees feature to give a more human feel. The brochure is Rhodes’ first for the AA’s publishing wing and marks a departure from the client’s previous literature.

The BBC is launching BBC News Online this week. Designed by the BBC’s 10-strong in-house team, the site will consist of TV and radio news.

The Design Museum is recruiting for the new post of assistant director, curatorial and education programmes, who will be responsible for directing education, collections, publications and temporary exhibitions.

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