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Bartle Bogle Hegarty has won Cadbury’s Wispa account after pitching against Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper and Gold Greenlees Trott, which are on the Cadbury’s roster. GGT previously held the £400,000 business.

Mars has seen strategic pitches for its worldwide confectionery business from D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Grey Advertising and BBDO, while Ogilvy & Mather and Bates Worldwide have presented for its pet food accounts.

Leagas Delaney is on the verge of setting up a US-based agency network on the back of its Adidas account.

GGT is off the COI Citizens Charter Mark short list, leaving Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters and Bainsfair Sharkey Trott to fight it out.

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO is understood to have taken a further step towards buying a majority stake in direct marketing agency Barraclough Hall Woolston Gray.

Simons Palmer Denton Clemmow & Johnson is pitching for the Emirates Airlines account. It will compete against Mellors Reay & Partners, D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, TBWA, Butterfield Day Devito Hockney and Leagas Delaney.

Texaco marketing manager Mark Goldspink says there is `no truth’ in rumours that the company is looking to replace D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles. He admits talks with other agencies have taken place, but says: `We want a one-stop shop and DMB&B is making strong steps towards that’.

Time Out, the London entertainment guide, is looking for agencies to handle its account.

Caradon Everest is thought to be looking for an agency to handle its double-glazing account.

Mastercard International is to spend at least $100m (£65m) to sponsor eight major soccer tournaments, including the 1998 World Cup finals, in a deal with FIFA.

Grey London director Rod Bowen has left his post to become managing partner at the £15m billing agency Hobson Bayntun.

The Scottish Tourist Board, North Eastern Railways and ScotRail are all carrying out statutory reviews of their advertising accounts.


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