Maples Stores, the furniture retailer, has gone into receivership. The company has 24 branches in the UK and employs 340 people.
Kenwood, the electrical manufacturer, is looking for a group marketing director following the promotion of Peter Hotston, who will now sit on an international executive sales team as sales director for North Europe and North America.
The New Millennium Experience Company is thought to be approaching computer giant Microsoft to be a sponsor of the Millennium Dome.
Thomas Cook (right) has launched a national home delivery service for travel money to holidaymakers. For a fee of 5, customers placing phone orders by credit or debit cards before 2.30pm will normally have foreign currency or travellers cheques delivered to their doors the following morning. The launch of Holiday Money Direct follows a limited year-long trial.
Selfridges is to change its name to Selfridges & Co and design agency Newell & Sorrell has created a new corporate identity for the Oxford Street department store. It has also appointed a marketing representative, Nikki Guria, to promote the store to international suppliers as a means of fighting competition from Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
Kraft Jacobs Suchard has appointed three European vice-presidents of strategy and business development. Kraft Benelux area director Phillipe Vander Putten will head confectionery, Kraft Sweden general manager Doug Burns will head coffee, and Kraft Foods International vice-president marketing Thibaud de Saint Quentin will head the cheese and grocery business.
Cussons, the soap manufacturer, has appointed Kieran Callan from Cussons in Australia as its new managing director.
Imperial Tobacco has expanded its low price Lambert & Butler range of cigarettes with the launch of Lambert & Butler Menthol this month, with ads through Mustoe Merriman Herring Levy to follow.
UK Living is to drop the UK from its title from October 27 as part of a makeover for the female-targeted lifestyle channel. Design companies Jump, English & Pockett and Red Pepper are pitching for the channel’s redesign.
A proposal to revive an opt-in for telemarketing is being included in the second reading of the European Commission’s ONP Voice Telephony Directive.