J Walter Thompson has won the 1m full-service press advertising account for British Car Auctions. Marketing manager Adam Tindell says BCA has 23 auction centres in the UK and four in Europe, handling about 1 million cars a year.

Publicis has picked up the estimated 1.5m Polycell account without a pitch. The appointment follows a review of advertising for both Polycell and its sister DIY brand Cuprinol (MW July 17). Advertising for the two brands had been expected to be bundled into a single creative agency. Polycell managing director Andrew Stafford says advertising spend behind the brand – 761,000 last year (ACNielsen-Meal) – will be increased.

CDP has been appointed to the full-service 1.5m COI Business Links business, after a four-way pitch.

Chris Clark, the Bates Dorland managing director who is likely to quit the agency following a restructure which reduced his role, has become the latest executive from the agency to seek legal advice over his terms of employment. He is understood to be considering a move to Bates’ New York office. ‘I am negotiating to work for Bates in the US and my contract is being dealt with by lawyers on my behalf,’ he says. ‘There has been no action taken by lawyers on my behalf on my contract in the UK.’

Douwe Egberts, the upmarket coffee company, is reviewing its 2.5m media buying account out of incumbent Zenith. Account planning is understood to have been awarded to the New PHD-owned agency Rocket.

McCann-Erickson marketing director Amy Smith has quit to join WCRS. It is understood she will replace Simon Toaldo, the former client services director (MW July 31).

Ogilvy & Mather has added two more regional brand account directors, Phil Lancaster and Bob Kerwin, to its revamped pan-European Ford unit on the Mondeo/Scorpio and commercial vehicles teams respectively. It has added James Duthie as account supervisor on the Ka/Fiesta team and Jean Michael Fraylich as regional account supervisor Northern Europe.

Saatchi & Saatchi is launching a range of four TV pan-European ads for computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard this week. The 12.5m campaign, across 38 countries, focuses on the company’s consumer and business printers.

Bartle Bogle Hegarty will handle all print advertising for Levi’s in continental Europe from next year, instead of the business being run by local agencies in each country. The change means agencies including Springer & Jacoby in Germany lose out.

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