Pitch update

After hundreds of mentions in this column, B&Q finally seems to be getting its skates on.

After a round of chemistry meetings last week, which included WCRS, McCann Erickson, Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy, Publicis, M&C Saatchi and Rapier (which created the recent work that is on-air at the moment), it is now on the cusp of putting out a shortlist - which should be ready by the end of this week.

Chick Smith Trott, Delaney Lund Knox Warren and VCCP are busy getting ready for the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform's pitch for an employment rights campaign, which is set to take place on 20 May.

Media pitches for RSA, the insurance group, take place next week. Following submissions from local markets, main presentations will be made to RSA. Pitching agencies include the incumbent on RSA's UK More Th>n business, Universal McCann.

And following the decision to knock out the incumbent, Zed Media, a decision on the global Zurich Insurance media pitch is expected in a fortnight. Aegis Media and Mindshare are awaiting the result of the procurement-led process.

After what seems like an eternity, the waiting is over for the tender for the TV Licensing direct marketing account. The business, valued at £75 million for the duration of the six-year contract, will incorporate direct mail packs, online creative development and data management, among other things. It seems only large agencies need to apply, as interested parties must have a minimum turnover of £15 million, and will need to have the capacity to roll out more than 20 DM campaigns each month. The review is being led by the AAR, and tenders are required to be returned by the middle of June.

And finally ... The Observatory has a mystery retailer on board, which is planning to launch in the UK during the autumn. So far, the requests for information have been submitted and a decision about meetings will be confirmed next week.

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