Pitch Update

From the get-go, word on the street has favoured CHI & Partners' chances of winning the Homebase pitch.

However, things might have changed over the past few days. Rumour has it that the agency's pitch team turned up late for its recent pitch. Yes, despite its famous new-business vigour, even CHI couldn't get around the fact that the doors on its pitch team's train would not open at Milton Keynes. Turns out the crew had to travel on to Coventry and then make their way back.

It's taken a few weeks, but Halifax has at last come up with a shortlist. The incumbent on the business, Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners, will face off against DDB London, TBWA\London and Fallon.

Expect a close-fought competition. DDB and TBWA would stop at nothing for such a win; DLKW is much-loved by Halifax, and Fallon is, well, doing rather well at the moment. The process is being overseen by Agency Assessments.

Some juicy pieces of business have come up for pitch this week. Expect the world and his direct marketing dog to go for the Eurostar pan-European account.

Likewise, Channel 4's media account is not only big (£20 million), but it's rather prestigious and riddled with creative opportunity (although it will be interesting to see what scale of projects Michaelides & Bednash will still be handling).

And finally ... it seems Shop's soon-to-be-ex-client list is starting to look around for agencies. Thorntons is said to be on the hunt, as is NFU Mutual.

There's no word from Christian Aid as yet, though.


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