Whether you're a fan or a foe, there's no doubt The Salford Star has never been shy about taking a forthright approach. Ahead of the publication's return to print, Bernadette Hyland talks to to editor Stephen Kingston about the city, the council and the competition.

I think that what I’ve really learnt is that if you love what you do you'll be successful. When I've struggled it's usually where I've had the least affinity with the role: Karen Gee, Journeys of Distinction

As consumers we’ve been segmented, profiled, prodded, poked and questioned by brands and marketers in an effort to find new ways to inch us ever closer to the point of purchase, writes Tim Downs, director at Aberfield Communications.

But there is one group that, until now, has remained steadfastly stuck in their stereotype and largely on the back burner when it comes to targeted marketing – Dads.

Daniel Nolan, managing director of theEword, reflects on the lessons to be drawn from this year's Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies

Welcome to the 2014 edition of the Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies, the definitive list of the North’s leading PR agencies. The initiative is published in association with theEword.

The ranking is anchored on financial information taken from Companies House and also draws upon data submitted and verified by the agencies themselves including additional financials, headcount, client information and – where appropriate - confidential private background information.

The objective was simple enough: find the 100 Prolific Northerners, whoever or wherever they may be, and stick them in a list.

The reality was somewhat more complicated.

On the fifth and final day of Prolific Northerners 2014 - our attempt to find the top 100 media and creative industry figures in the North - we've released the last 20 names.

Combining the views of a diverse and expert panel of judges, readers' suggestions and our own research and investigations, we now our complete top 100.

Prolific Northerners has been supported by Weber Shandwick and Melbourne Server Hosting.

“We are going to go further than we have ever done before in opening the BBC to more competition. A competition revolution.” Tony Hall

How exciting it was to wake up yesterday to news of a creative revolution! I run the Manchester based independent production company Nine Lives Media, and I have to admit that as we first made our creative mark by producing Small Teen Big World for BBC Three, I have recently been concerned that Tony Hall may not be the right person to run the BBC.

One of region’s highest-profile digital advocates has opted for early retirement after more than a quarter of a century at the helm. Sarah Hartley talks to Dave Carter about the past - and the future - for the city’s tech sector as he bows out from Manchester Digital Development Agency.

Liverpool is an amazing place to be right now. The city is buoyant and if you are working in or around the digital sector there is a real swagger and air of positivity.

This sense of optimism and ambition in the sector is being enhanced by the presence of IFB 2014 in the city, and in particular the Digital and Creative Week that starts on Monday. This week brings together a vast range of events covering film, tech, gaming, and design and everything in between.


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