PrintWe are delighted that last year’s host of the inaugural Northern Marketing Awards, Andy Crane, will be joined this year by Emma Jesson, the familiar and popular face of ITV Weather.

We have opted for two co-hosts this year as we are expecting an even busier and more entertaining awards dinner than the extremely successful dinner last year attended by over 300 of the North’s finest marketers.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday 16 October and we are confident that the awards dinner will once again host the largest gathering of senior marketers and marketing agencies in the North this year.

The awards were launched last week and indeed entries have already been received suggesting that 2014 will see significantly more entries submitted against last year’s 140 entries.

Prolific North stages just two annual awards ceremonies: the Prolific North Awards (spanning a broad spectrum of creative and media activities) which attracted 730 guests at the second awards dinner on 1 May and the NMAs, the greatest concentration of marketing expertise in the North.

Further information on the awards will be announced shortly along with one final judge to add our already outstanding list of judges.

For any enquiries about the entry process, categories or tickets, please contact Helina Thompson at Don’t Panic on 01706 828855 or email
Our headline partners for the Northern Marketing Awards are Click Consult and Bytemark.


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Andy-CraneYour co-host: Andy Crane
Andy started his career in radio before joining Children’s BBC in 1986 where he later took over as sole presenter from Philip Schofield. Presenting from the continuity announcer’s booth, nicknamed ‘The Broom Cupboard’, he stayed in the role until 1990.

He also acted as a relief presenter on Top of the Pops in 1988 and 1989 and was famously thrown into the gunk tank on the first Comic Relief telethon. After leaving the BBC, he moved to CITV in 1992 and also presented Motormouth and What’s Up Doc? on weekend mornings during the 1990s.

In recent years, Andy could be found once again presenting radio programmes and anchoring Channel M Today for which he received the Best Regional Presenter award at the Royal Television Society North West Awards 2009.

Today he can still be heard presenting Saturday breakfast on BBC Radio Manchester, along with Sunday breakfast on BBC Radio Sheffield and various shows on BBC Radio 5 live. In March 2014, Andy has been in rotation as both Weekend Presenter and Good Morning Britain Presenter for Granada Reports. The latter is dubbed Good Morning Granada by ITV Granada.

You can find Andy tweeting @andycrane64


Emma-JessonYour co-host: Emma Jesson

Emma is the familiar and popular face of ITV Weather across the North of England and the Midlands – ITV Granada, Central, Border, Tyne Tees and Yorkshire regions, as well as opting into Good Morning Britain.

Frequently recognised for her chirpy “Bye Bye” sign-off, she originally trained to be a vet, but side-stepped into TV in her year off.

Emma has also carved out a niche for herself hosting award ceremonies for a variety of clients as well as various charitable events and ‘light-hearted ladies’ nights.

She recently hosted for the NHS at the House of Lords, as well as co-hosting a royal visit to the Midlands.

Emma is also a media trainer and, as well as fronting corporate videos, you’ve probably heard her voice on radio and TV ads across the country.

Away from the day job she is a family girl, enjoys dinner and a musical, sailing, windsurfing and scuba, languages, comedy and cooking… and – when there’s time – sleeping!

You can find her tweeting @EmmaJessonTV.