Pitch update

Bad news for M&C Saatchi this week as it lost its grip on the Privilege account after the agency failed to make it through to the final round of pitches.

The RBS-owned insurance brand has decided to put the Engine Group, Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw and Geronimo through in its bid to consolidate all of its advertising into one agency or group.

Both the Credit Suisse and UPS RFIs are due back next week and new-business teams all over town are burning the midnight oil trying to get the mammoth documents filled in and back on time.

The pan-European Arla Foods pitch is now down to BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi. The bad news for the agencies is that the pitch is now down to a six-week-long procurement process.

Thomas Cook held first-round pitches for its £9 million advertising account with four agencies on Wednesday. The plan is to cut it down to two and hold a second round at the end of June.

And new business-hungry shops also got pitching on Wednesday for the Subway review, which is being run through the AAR. A result is expected sooner rather than later.

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has put all of the work from Delaney Lund Knox Warren, VCCP and Chick Smith Trott into qualitative research before deciding who will win the account to create a campaign to raise awareness of employment rights.

Media agencies are eagerly awaiting resolutions to the rather sizeable media reviews that have been taking up their time lately. The massive £300 million Nokia business is close to completion, and in the UK 118 118 also looks very close to a result, with pitching agencies, including the incumbents BLM Quantum and OMD, expecting to hear by the end of the week. And in DM, the Barclaycard roster review is now in full swing. Agencies submitted their RFIs on Tuesday (9 June), and a shortlist is expected to be announced towards the end of this month.