Pitch update

The Debenhams pitch is reaching its final stages, with all agencies having made their last presentations on Monday and Tuesday.

The retailer has promised the remaining agencies, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, M&C Saatchi and JWT, that there will definitely not be another round, with a result due at the beginning of next week.

Agencies lining up for the Mothercare pitch will have to wait a little longer before the process kicks off. Rumour has it the client has pushed back plans in order to make some changes to the brief.

And after a year-and-a-half of prevarication, the Visit Wales pitch is finally kicking off (dare we say it), and credentials meetings for selected agencies are due to take place next week.

Also taking place over this week and next is the Britvic media pitch, with the soft-drinks company not looking much beyond its incumbents for the separate planning and buying pitches. Intriguingly, MCHI, the joint venture between CHI & Partners (a Britvic roster ad agency) and Group M, is pitching for the media planning against Mindshare, a Group M agency and the incumbent on the business, and BBH (also on the Britvic creative roster). For the buying pitch, Mindshare will again slug it out against MCHI, with Omnicom's OMD UK also taking part.

Other media agencies pitching for 118 118, meanwhile, have had chemistry meetings with the client and are nervously awaiting the shortlist, which is due to be announced tomorrow (Friday). 118 118 is working with Oystercatchers to handle the £14 million review.

And all eyes are peeled for a result on the £20 million advertising pitch for E.ON. WCRS was kicked off the list this week, leaving Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners and DDB to battle it out. The two agencies went head to head on Wednesday in a final pitch handled by Agency Insight. A decision is imminent.

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