PHD poised for £25m brief

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PHD is in final negotiations with the insurance price-comparison service following a pitch process involving the ?incumbent, McCutcheon Norveil Consultancy, and at least one other media agency., which recently appointed the ad agency Farm to handle its creative business, said last year that it is planning to increase its adspend from £16 million to £25 million as it seeks to differentiate itself in the crowded price-comparison market.

It has developed, through Farm, a character called Confucius, which will feature in its future advertising campaigns, and it is hoping that new activity will help it to stand out against rivals such as, which has increased its profile with its "compare the meerkat" advertising activity.

Admiral Group, the owner of, is holding ?a separate pitch for the £7 million media account for insurance brands including, Admiral and Diamond.

A spokeswoman denied that an appointment had been made.