NEWS: Scottish anti-drugs organisation faces pitches controversy

A dispute has arisen following a series of pitches held for the Government-funded Scotland Against Drugs (SAD) campaign.

A dispute has arisen following a series of pitches held for the

Government-funded Scotland Against Drugs (SAD) campaign.



The pounds 500,000 account was originally rumoured to have been handed

to Faulds Advertising before the 17 July deadline for proposals.



The two other agencies, the Bridge and the Union, were told more than a

month ago that their pitches had been unsuccessful. However, SAD is

adamant no appointment has been made.



Jim Faulds, Faulds’ managing director, is an adviser to SAD and a member

of its steering committee, a position which led to accusations of bias.



SAD has also been accused of breaking European Community rules by

awarding the account without placing an advertisement inviting pitches

in the Journal of the European Community.



David Whitton, a spokesman for the SAD project, countered: ‘We invited

five agencies to pitch, three pitched. Of those three we rejected two,

simply because their ideas weren’t as good as Faulds’.’



Whitton said an ad had been placed and two more agencies had pitched.



Jim Faulds was unavailable for comment. However, Whitton said: ‘When we

first invited Faulds to pitch, Jim Faulds approached Tom Farmer, the

managing director of Kwik Fit and chairman of the SAD steering

committee, and offered to resign because his agency was on the pitch-

list. We didn’t see there was any point then, and we don’t now.’



A decision on the account is expected shortly.



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