Gyro has appointed Stephen Brunt as the new head of planning at its Manchester office. Brunt moves from TBWA, where latterly he was strategy director, and he has also worked as a strategic analyst at the Central Office of Information.

Richard Maddock has been promoted to by Bauer to become regional programme director for its North West radio stations.

He will remain as station and programme director for Radio City, City Talk and Magic 1548 in Liverpool, but the expanded role means he now has responsibility for Key 103 and Magic 1152 in Manchester, Rock FM and Magic 999 in Preston.

Retail advertising agency Gratterpalm has announced the launch of its Gratterpalm Mobile sub-brand.

It will be led by James Lodge, formerly of Velti, a global provider of mobile advertising technology for Vodafone, EA Games and JustGiving.

UTV Media has promoted Michael Dobson, the former station director at The Pulse in Bradford, to the role of ILR group sales director.

He’ll now work across the company’s 13 local radio stations including Signal Radio in Stoke, The Wave and Juice FM in Liverpool.

Manchester-based The If Agency has appointed Ed King as its new group account director. King previously spent 11 years at TBWA Manchester, and three years at BJL prior to that

There’s been a swoop on high profile agencies as Media Agency Group has appointed a quartet of staff from MEC Manchester, Lakestar McCann, Clear Channel and Rocket.

They’ll all be working out of the marketing and advertising firm’s Salford office.

Fast growing cloud-hosting company, UKFast, has appointed Chris Andrews as its director of service.

It’s a return to the Manchester-based firm for Andrews, who left UKFast 6 years ago and has most recently been heading up a specialist technical team at BSkyB to support public Wi-Fi networks.

Weber Shandwick North has created a new position at its Manchester office - head of creativity English regions and Wales.

The role has been designed to inspire creativity within the agency and produce new and innovative ideas for clients.

Cheshire digital agency Blueleaf has added six new members of staff to its team following what it says has been a sharp rise of 40% in turnover over the past couple of years.

John Greenway is to succeed Russell Craig as head of communications at MAG, Manchester Airports group.


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