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Mothercare, the Storehouse subsidiary, says its marketing director’s post – left vacant 18 months ago when Patricia Manning quit – may not be filled. Manning was appointed this week as group marketing director at Laura Ashley. A spokesman for Storehouse says the company is considering the future of the marketing director’s role.

BT has confirmed that it plans further restructuring of its marketing operations within the next six weeks, following the ousting of sales and marketing chief Michael Biden (MW last week).

The Direct Debit Campaign (right), a body set up by local authorities, banks and utility companies, to encourage more use of the financial facility, launches a 3m ad campaign next week, which runs for three months. The campaign, through Euro RCSG Wnek Gosper, uses the line, “Direct Debit: how the discerning deal with their dough” and features a variety of characters whose lifestyles have been improved by signing up to direct debit.

Scottish & Newcastle is closing 13 depots and breweries in Halifax and Nottingham with a loss of 1,600 jobs. The move results from S&N’s takeover of Courage. The company says brands will not be axed.

ITV has submitted proposals to the ITC for new sponsorship regulations that would allow advertisers to sponsor information programmes in their sectors, such as garden centres sponsoring gardening programmes.

Barb has added 246,000 homes to its estimate of the total satellite and cable universe because of changes in its accounting. It also estimates that 75,000 new dishes were sold over the Christmas period.

A Private Member’s Bill to outlaw tobacco advertising and promotion, sponsored by Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes, was brought before the Commons yesterday (Tuesday).

United Biscuits’ frozen and chilled food division, Ross Young’s, is being restructured into three businesses – McVitie’s Prepared Foods headed by Jim Cane, Young’s with md Wynne Griffiths and Ross Vegetable Products headed by Barry Hannington. Each will report independently to UK chief executive Malcolm Little.

Walkers Snack Foods, owned by PepsiCo, has forced Bensons Crisps to change its package design after alleging it infringed the copyright on the Walkers packet.

The Disney Store has appointed Lesley Angus to the new position of UK marketing director. Angus joined the division this month from Disney Vacation Club, where she was international sales and marketing director.

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