Take a look through our weekly features and opinion pieces, including insights into some of the most exciting companies in the North, as well as interviews with the people who run them.

Copyright theft is a problem which many professional photographers find themselves falling victim to. But when this memorable news picture started appearing around the world with an entirely different photographer’s byline, the North East picture agency which owned the image decided to blow the lid on the issue.

Tim Downs, director of Aberfield Communications looks at the Big Four supermarket brands and argues that the knock-on effects of the current retail climate will be damaging for UK consumers.

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“If a business, particularly a communications business, is built on just one person, it’s not sustainable or scaleable in the long-term” maintains Nick Melvin, the founder and MD of the 55 strong agency group delineo.

It should come as no surprise that over the course of ten years in digital, I’ve seen my fair share of “perfect storm” projects, where everything seems to have gone wrong all at once and nobody knows why, writes Dan Cryer, managing director of Block 8 in Manchester.

Ian Patterson, the head of digital transformation at The Digital Consultancy, has been writing a weekly Digital Transformation Diary exclusively for Prolific North. This is his last instalment.

Over 360 of the North's finest marketers came together at The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Club last night for a celebration of quality, creativity and general hard graft.

With headline sponsors Click Consult and Bytemark Hosting, the second running of the Northern Marketing Awards had seen a marked increase in entries on last year, as companies, organisations, institutions and agencies vied for a total of 18 big purple 'N's - eight sector specific categories, six broader campaign categories, three team/agency awards and a Grand Prix winner.

From travelling the world as a trumpet prodigy to running his own nuclear consultancy by the age of 23, it’s fair to conclude that Phil Chalk’s journey to the cutting edge of children’s animation has not been a traditional one.

But as he freely admits, that unusual combination of a musical and engineering background - allied to a keen sense of timing - is arguably responsible for the vision and instinct for innovation that now sees his Altrincham-based company, Factory Transmedia, growing at a rapid pace.

For the next few weeks, Ian Patterson , who leads the UK Digital Transformation offering at The Digital Consultancy is writing a weekly Digital Transformation Diary exclusively for Prolific North...

The Prolific North Top 50 Integrated Agencies, returns for its second annual outing in the week commencing 17 November. The 2014 ranking will once again provide the definitive guide to the North’...


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