Dewe Rogerson, the City PR and advertising agency, has won the 1.5m ad account for financial services business Colonial Direct. Some observers reckon the new account represents a client conflict with another financial services account held by Dewe Rogerson, Scottish Widows.

Interfocus projected a slogan onto the side of the Houses of Parliament on the eve of Budget Day on behalf of its client Budget Rent a Car (right)…

…BMP DDB used an elec-tronic sign at London’s Piccadilly Circus to run slogans for the Labour Party attacking the Budget and the Conservative Party.

CIC Video, the film distribution company, is understood to be seeking a creative agency to handle its business.

Rapier Stead & Bowden is developing an advertising campaign for Seagram’s Sandeman Brandy. The account was previously handled by failed agency Knight Leach Delaney.

BT is reviving its talking pig and duck and throwing in a turkey for a new campaign through Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO. The ads promote a bonus scheme during the 12 days of Christmas. Seasonal Savers will offer three minutes on the telephone for the price of two.

Airtours has appointed Manchester-based advertising agency SBW for the launch of its new Timeshare concept in Orlando, Florida.

CDP will use Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs in a TV commercial for Fujifilm, to be screened at the start of next month. The ad was made before Simons Palmer Clemmow Johnson won the account.

Mark Lees has joined J Walter Thompson Manchester as creative director. Lees joins from Young & Rubicam in Adelaide, Australia.

Marketing Manchester, the council-funded body, has shortlisted four agencies for its campaign to promote the city. These are McCann-Erickson Manchester, J Walter Thompson Manchester, MAP and Protocol.

Aspen Direct has been appointed to handle all direct marketing activity for Holyman Sally Ferries, the new partnership between Sally Ferries and fast-ferry operator Holyman.

Ammirati Puris Lintas has launched its first round of press advertising for Interflora. Initial ads are themed to support the peak sales periods for flowers, while further press ads will be developed to ensure a year-round presence outside peak times.

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