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Halfords, the Boots-owned retail chain, has centralised its claimed 10m account into Publicis, taking the bulk of the business out of WCRS. Publicis handled only the garage servicing and parts operations worth just under 2m (Register-MEAL) while the main automotive and cycles retail account at WCRS was worth 6m (Register-MEAL). Media buying will remain with BMP DDB Needham.

The Tunisian National Tourist Office is seeking an agency to handle its UK account, worth up to 1m a year for the next two years. Incumbent the Brand Development Company will repitch.

UK Gold has parted company with D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles.

Bean MC has pulled out of the pitch for the 2m Ronseal business, leaving Griffin Bacal, Mustoe Merriman Herring Levy, Leagas Shafron Davis Ayer and incumbent HHCL & Partners to fight it out.

Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO has retained the 3m Health Education Authority’s anti-smoking business, beating Chiat/Day and BMP DDB Needham.

Cowing Balmforth Trendall has won the 1m account for cigarette paper maker Rizla.

Cordiant is believed to be planning a heavy cash call to wipe out its 130m debt before banking facilities have to be renegotiated at the end of 1996.

Simon Dicketts, joint creative director at M&C Saatchi, denies speculation that he and creative partner James Lowther are resigning from the agency.

The Seagram Beverage Group has appointed FCB/Leber Katz Partners of New York as the North American agency for its Tropicana fruit juices. Seagram says it will use Foote Cone & Belding offices selectively on an international basis but FCB says it has not been told if it will handle the account in the UK.

Former Woollams Moira Gaskin O’Malley planning director Raoul de la Bedoyere has joined Burkitt Edwards Martin as planning director.

Faulds Advertising has this week followed up its win of the British Midland creative business by adding the media account, previously with The Media Centre.

Rolls-Royce has appointed Stanford Burgess Associates to develop a corporate campaign for

the plc.


Ariston’s no-grills marketing

Marketing Week

Giuliano Gnagnatti, the man behind the Ariston washing machine advertisements featuring a bonking couple, is busy working on other ways of getting the most out of your white goods. His company, Merloni Domestic Appliances, has come up with a series of recipes ranging from Oriental Sea Bass to pasta dishes. The vital ingredient every time […]

Microsoft funds Times give-away

Marketing Week

The Times will be given away free on Thursday (August 23) when for one day only it will more than double its print run to 1.5 million thanks to Microsoft, which is underwriting the estimated 300,000-plus cost. Thursday’s edition of The Times will include a supplement to mark the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 95 software. […]


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