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The Ice Organisation appoints Michael Baulk as Chairman

The Ice Organisation is pleased to announce Michael Baulk as company Chairman. Former Group Chairman in and Chief Officer of the UK’s largest advertising agency in the AMV BBDO, Michael will be bringing with him his wealth of media and advertising experience.


After joining Ogilvy and Mather in 1971, Michael became Managing Director in 1980 and was appointed to the worldwide board in 1983. He joined Abbott Mead Vickers as Chief Executive and became Group Chief Executive of AMV plc in 1997, in 1999 he was appointed Chairman of BBDO EMEA. Michael sat on both the Worldwide Board and the European Board of BBDO and was a non-executive Director of Debenhams and RHM.  Michael was Chairman of The Mill Group, the world’s leading film visual effects company, for ten years.  He has worked with clients including American Express, Ford, Shell, BT, PepsiCo, Sainsbury’s and Volvo.


Michael is also currently Chairman of Marsh & Parsons (Prime London Estate Agent).


CEO, Jude Thorne said “Michael is an acknowledged expert in consumer brand development and advertising and we are delighted to have him on board as Chairman of Ice to help us roll out the Ice programme to the mass market”. 

Make your mum feel special this Mother's Day

We all take our mum’s for granted, but Mother’s Day is the one day to remind our mums, and ourselves, just how special they are.

With our lives busier than ever, we don’t really take time out to say thanks and even with Mother’s Day right around the corner, (Sunday 26th March in case you’re wondering) we often scramble around for a last minute gift.

With our hectic schedules in mind, we think that Marks and Spencer really have got it covered this year, and are our go to choice for everything mum.

A fabulous bunch of flowers never fail to disappoint, so take out the stress and get the perfect bouquet delivered direct to your mum’s door. With over 70 varieties available to suit every budget, plus free delivery from 21st-28th March, you can guarantee that they arrive on time and looking fresh! As a little bonus, M&S are also offering free chocolates on selected flowers for a limited time too.

If you want to go the extra mile this year, but are struggling for ideas, you’ll find plenty more options that will be sure to impress, including luxe pj’s, beauty gift sets, jewellery and sweet treats.

Shopping for your mum has never been so simple, or rewarding, when you order online at M&S for your mum you’ll also get free Ice points for yourself. Points on presents?! We won’t tell, mum’s the word.

Shop your Mother’s Day gifts at M&S here.

Spring into the new season with Ice

Spring is the perfect time to revamp your home. Whether you’re looking to redecorate or make a few simple updates, it’s time for a change.

 A beautiful home can enhance your life, and that’s why every season John Lewis collaborates with exciting designers and brands to bring you exclusive furniture and accessories you won’t find anywhere else.

Get organising

There’s something quite satisfying about storage, hiding away all your clutter with nifty space saving solutions: storage boxes, shoe organisers, draw units and hanging racks.

Future-proof furniture

Furniture can transform any room , adding a new console table or replacing your sofas creates an instant update without the hassle of redecorating. Whatever your home style; modern country, boutique hotel, coastal or city apartment, you’ll find timeless pieces at John Lewis.

Accent all areas

Small updates make a big difference and statement accessories  are a great cost effective way to perk up your home. Bold cushions and throws make instant impact to your sofa or bed, whilst a new mirror or print will fill any blank wall space. 

If you’re feeling inspired, don’t forget that when you shop with John Lewis online via myice.com, you always collect and spend Ice points, on top of any other sales or promotions. With their commitment to never knowingly being undersold, you can be sure that you're getting the best price on quality pieces for your home.

Love your Ice points this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to make your loved one feel special this year.

You could go all out with a romantic getaway or just keep it simple with classic flowers and chocolates. If you’re struggling for ideas this year, we’ve got plenty of options to inspire you.

 

Who doesn’t love a bit of old romance? The tried and tested gifts never fail to impress, and heart shaped chocolates, wine sets, roses and lingerie might be cliché, but they work. M&S and John Lewis have a huge offering this year, to make sure you find that something special. 

 

Creating new memories is a great way to really show your romantic side. John Lewis stocks over 100 Red Letter Day Experiences. So whether they’re a thrill seeker or a foodie, you can be sure you’ll find an experience they’ll love.

 

If you want to go all out this year, why not consider a romantic getaway? Whether you’re looking for a special place to pop the question, or you simply want some quality  alone time, a mini-break is the perfect choice. Thomson and First Choice have got some great deals on weekend breaks, from city classics NYC and Dubai to new favourites like Reykjavik.

 

It’s always nice to show that you care, and hopefully we’ve given you some ideas to make it a Valentine’s you won’t forget. Any Valentine’s presents you buy this year with Ice, you’ll earn free Ice points, so might be able to get yourself a little something too!

A makeover for beauty products- Waitrose

Who knew brushing your teeth or cleansing your face could harm the environment? It doesn’t need to, but it all depends on the kinds of products we use, and microbeads are the enemy when it comes to our health & beauty products.

So what makes these microbeads so harmful for the environment?

Microbeads aren’t biodegradable and are too small to be captured in our waste water facilities, so they end up in our lakes, rivers and oceans. Fish then accidently ingest the beads. This is harmful to our marine life as plastic contains and absorbs chemicals. This is also harmful to our health as these fish often end up on our plates and we ultimately ingest the microbeads too. Who knew something so small could be so harmful?

Retailers are beginning to make changes to our daily beauty regime, to help the environment.

Waitrose has announced 2 key initiatives to reduce plastics in its health & beauty ranges. By September 2016 no branded cosmetic products will contain microbeads. (With own retailer products never containing any.) On top of this Waitrose is the first supermarket to announce the changes of its own label cotton wool buds from plastic to paper- saving around 2 tonnes of plastic each year. They are also looking to see how they can reduce plastics across their ranges whilst ensuring the additional costs of their hard work are not passed onto the customer.

Small changes from big retailers like Waitrose, mean we can all make better choices in our beauty regime and help support the environment.