Agencies competing for B&Q were busy wallpapering, tiling and, in Karmarama's case, erecting a shed in order to impress the client during the pitch for the £40 million business. The other shops contesting the account are BETC London, Dare and WCRS. There's no fixed date for a result, but we should know whose DIY skills pass muster by the beginning of next week.
Scottish Power has shortlisted only smaller independent agencies for its ad account. The incumbent is the Edinburgh-based Newhaven, and the review is being handled by Creativebrief.
Associated British Foods has shortlisted Carat, Maxus, MediaCom, MPG Media Contacts and the incumbent, ZenithOptimedia, to pitch for its £21 million media account.The client has opted for a rigorous process, the first stage of which gave agencies just 24 hours to prepare a presentation for a face-to-face meeting.
Agencies remaining in the pan-European media pitch for Mondelez (formerly Kraft Foods) earlier this month could be put out of their misery this Friday. Starcom MediaVest Group dropped out last month, while those in with a chance include Carat, Mindshare and PHD.
The bwin media pitches take place next week in Austria. Networks in the running are understood to include Havas Media, MediaCom, OMD and UM. Agencies suggest that the price-driven contest could produce a quick result.