Sainsbury’s is hunting for an agency to work on the Reward Card account in the wake of its split with WWAV Rapp Collins. Both parties claim the partnership has ended by ‘mutual agreement’ and WWAV will continue to work on the Sainsbury’s Bank business.

Waitrose saw pitches from Banks Hoggins O’Shea, DF Bozell and Jaffe Keating this week for its 4m advertising account. It is not yet known when a decision will be announced.

DMB&B Financial has won the 1m advertising account for travel insurance company WorldCover Direct.

The Leith Agency is repitching for the 1m Scotrail advertising account, following a statutory review.

Beeching Dowell Stubbs has created an ad campaign to support the launch of GAFF (right), the clothing store which is being launched this week by the Bankrupt Clothing Company.

Bates China has been awarded the Shanghai General Motors business, a joint venture between GM and the Shanghai Automobile Industrial Corp, which involves billings estimated at $15m to $20m (9.3m to 12.5m). It is the first time Bates has appeared on the GM roster.

Bravo, the men’s cable channel, has awarded Juice the 500,000 advertising account for its new men’s show, the Basement. The agency won the account in a two-way pitch against BDDP GGT. Bravo is owned by cable operator Flextech.

Brahm, the Leeds-based agency, is launching a press, radio and TV campaign promoting free mobile phones, connection and airtime. The TV commercials will air only on Ulster TV.

New PHD has appointed managing partner David Pattison as its first chief executive.

Publicis earnings rose 18 per cent over the nine months to December 8; it earned FF111.8m (11.2m). The agency announced it is to expand into Argentina and acquire a second agency in South Africa.

TMD Carat, Tequila, Option One and Life PR are launching new marketing campaigns for Scoot (a consumer information service) this Christmas. As part of the Government’s drink drive campaign they will advertise a Scoot freephone number to locate the nearest taxi firm.

Matthew Clark, the cider maker, announced its half-year results to October 31 yesterday (Tuesday). An increased advertising budget accounted for more than half the 17 per cent decline in operating profit in the first half of the year. Ad spend rose from 1.5m the previous year to 4.1m.

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