The 250-year-old banking brand, Williams & Glyn, is set to reappear on the high street from spring next year. The bank will be the UK's sixth largest but in the North West and Yorkshire – W&G's historic heartland – its market share will be so substantial that it will effectively be vying for market leadership of the corporate sector with its current RBS stable mate, NatWest. Williams & Glyn's headquarters will be in Manchester.
On Prolific North News this week, we speak to Betty Drummond, managing director of Champion Media Group, which this week celebrates its 20th year in business. She talks to us about how she has built Merseyside-based Champion into the North West's largest independent publisher, and why she believes there is still a place for print newspapers in an increasingly digital world.
Prolific North News, in association with Quays TV, is a weekly broadcast interview with a senior media figure from the North who has recently made the Prolific North news pages, as well as a round-up of key stories from the week.
This week, we spoke to controller of BBC Learning Saul Nassé, who has revealed he is to leave the corporation after 23 years to take up the post of chief executive of Cambridge English Language Assessment.
Coming amid an emerging debate about the potential for devolution of some Westminster powers and departments such as Culture, Media and Sport operating outside of London, this independent inquiry starts with an open hearing at Manchester town hall.
For so long the champions of everyday low pricing (EDLP), this Christmas the big four supermarkets have been shown a clean of pair of heels as the discounters of Aldi and Lidl have stolen significant market share, writes Tim Downs, Director at Aberfield Communications in Leeds.
At best the experts are predicting that Asda will have held their own and at worst, as with Tesco and Morrisons, will have seen a significant drop – 2.6 per cent and 5.6 per cent in year-on-year sales for the six week Christmas period.
Liverpool Echo editor Ali Machray is confident that now is the right time to invest in print journalism as he prepares to launch the first weekly Sunday edition in the newspaper's 135-year history. Last week, the paper surprised the industry by announcing it would become a seven-day operation from this Sunday, with journalists from the recently closed Liverpool Post helping to cover the extra resource.
Rob McLoughlin returns as a judge to the Prolific North Awards in May and to ITV screens with Party People on Thursday as he marks his 20th year hosting political current affairs and election programmes on Granada. Prolific North caught up with the man who founded Hasgrove plc, was a Granada director and first co-host of Weekend Breakfast on BBC Radio five Live (with Jane Garvey) as he prepares to interview Greg Dyke in Manchester about football, the BBC and their alma mater, the University of York.
What lessons can people using social media platforms take from this week’s high-profile prosecutions of the two so-called ‘trolls’ from the North East? While their behaviour is undoubtedly at the extreme end of the spectrum, there are still legal dangers which ordinary users need to be aware of.
The continued national roll-out of 4G and wider adoption of free wifi by high street retailers and supermarkets will make 2014 the year that m-commerce finally joins the mainstream, writes Paul Mcgann, director at shopper marketing agency, Brass.