Rulings (213)
  • Make The Air Fair

    • Upheld
    • Poster, Internet (social networking), Internet (display), Regional press
    • 07 February 2018

    A paid-for Facebook post, regional press ad, poster and internet display ad for Make The Air Fair:a. The paid-for Facebook post, seen in early December 2016, was headed “Make The Air Fair” and stated “Our airwaves are up for sale. BT already own too much and now they want even more. Tell Sharon White, Head of Ofcom, sh...

  • Poundland Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 07 February 2018

    A series of posts on Poundland’s Twitter and Facebook page, promoting the #ElfBehavingBad campaign, seen in December 2017:a. An ad, posted on 11 December, featured an image of a toy elf and a bottle of De-Icer placed in front of a car windscreen which featured a drawing of a pair of breasts. The caption stated, “Oh Elf...

  • Puig (UK) Ltd t/a Paco Rabanne

    • Not Upheld
    • Television, VOD
    • 07 February 2018

    Two TV ads and a Video on Demand (VOD) promoted the men's fragrance, Paco Rabanne XS:a. The first TV ad, which was seen in July and August 2017, depicted a man walking into a bathroom. He was seen to have removed his suit jacket and became topless. Two women were then seen peering towards a light source in a dark room....

  • Sky UK Ltd

    • Not Upheld
    • Television
    • 07 February 2018

    A TV ad for Sky TV, broadcast on 23 September 2017, promoted the Sky Sports Premier League channel. The ad stated, "New Sky Sports is here. So now all our existing and new Sky TV customers can get our brand new channel dedicated to the Premier League, and watch all the unmissable drama from 126 live games. Upgrade...

  • Thomas Tunnock Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Poster
    • 07 February 2018

    A poster for Tunnocks Tea Cakes, seen on 6 November 2017, showed an image of a female tennis player holding a tea cake in place of a tennis ball at the top of her thigh, with her skirt raised at the hip. Text underneath the image of the women stated “Where do you keep yours?” with text underneath the product image stat...

  • iPhoneIMEI.net t/a iPhoneIMEI.net

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 07 February 2018

    A web page for an iPhone unlocking service, seen on www.iphoneimei.net in September 2017, stated "Factory unlock Orange UK iPhone. Price from £19.99".

  • Bluecrest Health Screening Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Direct mail
    • 31 January 2018

    A direct mailing advertising a health screening service, received in June 2017, stated “You are probably very well looked after by your NHS GP when you are ill, but you may also appreciate that many serious health conditions don’t show any warning signs. Around 80% of Strokes are caused by a blockage. That's why a card...

  • Fayong Hu t/a Greenpromocode.com

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 31 January 2018

    A website, www.greenpromocode.com, which purported to offer online discounts, seen on 17 October 2017, featured the headline "Nutmeg Promo Codes 2017." Text stated "We have 3 nutmeg coupons for you to consider including 0 promo codes and 2 deals in October 2017. Grab a free nutmeg.com coupons [sic] and s...

  • Fernard Ltd t/a banaway.co.uk

    • Upheld
    • Radio
    • 31 January 2018

    A radio ad for banaway.co.uk, a claims management company, heard on 11 October 2017, featured dialogue between an authoritative figure and a driver: “The accused was driving recklessly”; “I’m usually a pretty careful driver”; “Turns out he had previous”; “I do a lot of miles. I picked up nine points for speeding. 51 in...

  • Rosemary Water Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site), National press, Internet (social networking), Brochure, Magazine
    • 31 January 2018

    Seven magazine and national press ads, two paid-for tweets, a video on the advertiser’s Instagram page and the website for Rosemary Water:a. A magazine and national press ad, seen in April and June 2017, featured the heading “A LADY IN ACCIAROLI HAS BEEN ON ‘THE ROSEMARY DIET’ FOR 100 YEARS. TELL HER IT’S A FAD”. Furth...

  • Shaun Smith

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 31 January 2018

    A website, www.18kaweek.com , promoting an internet marketing earnings scheme, seen on 2 November 2017, stated “How To Earn $2,571 + A Day…This Internet Millionaire Wants To “Give You His Money Making Website (The SAME Website That Has Made Him A Millionaire For FREE!”…Just To Prove That His Online Money-Making System ...

  • Groupon Goods Global GmbH

    • Upheld
    • E-mail
    • 24 January 2018

    A product page on www.groupon.co.uk, promoting an offer on toilet rolls, seen on 5 October 2017 featured text that stated, “60x Rolls of Cusheen Quilted Lavender Toilet Paper Difference 64% £33.31 [strikethrough price] £11.99 …”.

  • National Express Group plc

    • Upheld
    • Internet (search engine)
    • 24 January 2018

    A paid-for search result on Google for National Express coach journeys from York to London, seen on 5 October 2017, stated "Journeys From 4h 35mins".

  • Quality Solicitors Organisation Ltd

    • Not Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 24 January 2018

    A website for QualitySolicitors, www.qualitysolicitors.com, seen on 19 September 2017. On the website's home page, under the title "Specialists solicitors that you can rely on", it stated that QualitySolicitors had "over 100 branches countrywide".

  • Servicing Stop Ltd

    • Upheld in part
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 24 January 2018

    The website www.servicingstop.co.uk for the car servicing company Servicing Stop:a. The home page of the website, seen in February 2017, included the claim “up to 60% off” and then listed their servicing discounts: “Full service £114.92” with the price “£287.30” struck out; “Interim service £72.87” with the price “£182...

  • Since Being Single Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (sales promotion)
    • 24 January 2018

    The dating website www.sincebeingsingle.com, seen on 12 September 2017, featured an offer for the “Premium Package” which stated “TRANSFORM YOUR GAME 1-DAY WORKSHOP…+5 Bonuses Worth Over £5,000 OFFER PRICE £497”. The price of £1497 was crossed out. A second offer for the “Core Package” stated “TRANSFORM YOUR GAME 1-DAY...

  • AFerry Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (sales promotion)
    • 10 January 2018

    A banner ad for ferry tickets, seen on 2 August 2017, stated "From Dover to Dunkerque from £7 … From Dover to Calais from £7 … From Dover to Calais from £8".

  • ASDA Stores Ltd

    • Not Upheld
    • Television
    • 10 January 2018

    A TV ad for ASDA, seen in October 2017, showed green lightning entering a house where a young girl dressed as a witch was standing in front of a mirror. The lightning caused a radio to glow green and start playing music. As the girl looked at the radio her eyes changed to glow green and she started dancing with jerky m...

  • Buck Inn

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 10 January 2018

    Two Facebook posts for the Buck Inn, a pub in Darlington:a. The first post, dated 8 September 2017, stated “German Grub Night at The Buck Inn Dont mention ze war!”. The post included an image of a poster titled “german night” with text stating “Set 3 Course Meal Including Popular German Dishes £19.95pp, “Graham Ze Chef...

  • CPBigwood Ltd t/a SDL Auctions

    • Not Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 10 January 2018

    A catalogue for SDL Auctions property auction, which took place on 6 July 2017, contained a contents page that listed all of the lots for sale. Text at the head of the page said “All guide prices are subject to additional non-optional fees, including the buyer’s administration fee. Please see Important Notices in the c...

Informally resolved (773)
  • 32Red Ltd t/a 32Red

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies, Gambling

  • 7dayshop.com Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Utilities, energy and environment

  • ALS First Aid Training

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Health conditions

  • Alarm Response Management - ARM GB Community Interest Company t/a ARM GB

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Home and garden, Safety and security

  • Architect Personal Training

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Health conditions, Charity, education and Third sector

  • Argos Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (search engine)
    Topic: Appliances, electronics and machinery

  • Argos Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Appliances, electronics and machinery, Computers, phones and telecoms

  • Asos.com Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Clothing, shoes and jewellery

  • B&Q plc

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Home and garden

  • Bonne Terre Ltd t/a Sky Bet

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: E-mail
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • Cambridge Islamic College

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Charity, education and Third sector

  • Cleopatra Escorts

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • DF Sales Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Home and garden

  • DSG Retail Ltd t/a Currys/PCWorld

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 12

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Appliances, electronics and machinery

  • EE Ltd t/a EE

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 3

    Media: Television
    Topic: Computers, phones and telecoms, Clothing, shoes and jewellery, Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • EU Lotto Ltd t/a Lottoland

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Leaflet
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies, Gambling

  • Engines On Demand Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (e-tailing)
    Topic: Holidays, travel and motoring

  • English Spirit Distillery

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Alcohol, Food, drink and supplements

  • Flex Technologies Ltd t/a Bioglow

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (e-tailing)
    Topic: Utilities, energy and environment

  • GIOBM Ltd t/a NEDonBoard.com

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site), E-mail
    Topic: Recruitment and work

Mail order cases (7)
  • Maple Syrup Media Ltd t/a Quidco

    • 24 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions

  • The Entertainer (Amersham) Ltd

    • 10 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Children and the vulnerable

  • Alisha Lemay

    • 04 October 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • Immediate Media Company Ltd t/a buysubscriptions

    • 27 September 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Magazine
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • K n M's Embroidery

    • 27 September 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions

  • Teentoday Ltd t/a Maximumpop!

    • 13 September 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Gambling

  • Lingerie Outlet Store Ltd

    • 30 August 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Clothing, shoes and jewellery

Database cases (7)
  • Dipsticks Research Ltd t/a panelbase.net

    • 24 January 2018
  • ROM Soccerleagues Ltd t/a Soccersixes

    • 24 January 2018
  • Daub Alderney Ltd

    • 29 November 2017
  • FSB Technology (UK) Ltd t/a 21Bet

    • 29 November 2017
  • MT SecureTrade Ltd

    • 29 November 2017
  • Smyths Toys UK Ltd

    • 11 October 2017
  • Virgin Media Ltd

    • 13 September 2017