DIARY: Norwich Union banks on a name it can trust

Good to see Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO breaking something of a dry spell on the new-business front by beating Leo Burnett, McCann-Erickson and BMP DDB to win the hotly contested Norwich Union Direct pitch recently.

Doubtless the agency's chief executive, Cilla Snowball, is delighted.

And to any of the sore losers looking to wheel out an unsportsman-like charge of nepotism, we can confirm there is no connection between her and Norwich Union's chief executive ... one Patrick Snowball, no less.