Manchester-based has joined the select band of online retailers to have one million fans on Facebook. The fashion brand was established seven years ago but was relatively late to the Facebook scene, launching a page in April 2010.

Wilson Cooke has launched an initiative called DigitalSoup to help find its charity for 2013. The Bury-based brand and digital agency is calling on local charities to submit a short proposal to be reviewed by its DigitalSoup team.

PepsiCo has hired a recent Manchester Metropolitan University graduate as its first ever digital director for the UK. Becky Olie, formerly head of online selling for House of Fraser, has been appointed to develop its online sales channels for its UK, Ireland and South Africa markets.

Manchester Digital’s Skills Summit conference and TalentDay, the largest sector-specific careers fair in the north, has announced it will take place on February 20 and 21. The event, now in its third year, brings together digital businesses, education providers and students in the region looking to enter the digital scene.

A digital marketing conference will bring together industry leaders from Google, o2, Expedia and when it takes place in Liverpool in March. Inbound Marketing UK 2013, organised by Liverpool agency Ph.Creative, will feature a keynote address by Expedia’s inbound marketing director, Martin MacDonald.

Up to a hundred women are being invited to a newcomers digital session at The Sharp Project in East Manchester as part of International Women’s Day. The women are likely to come from a variety of backgrounds including colleges, job centres, career changers and mums re-entering the world of work. Over the course of the day they’ll learn about the digital sector, what employment opportunities exist and how to sign up.

Freshfield in Preston has appointed digital marketing specialist Andy Butler as it aims to expand its full service offering.

The latest Mobile Monday Manchester (MoMoMcr) takes place next week, with the local digital community discussing what the release of the Windows

Search engine optimisation firm, SEONext is targeting a £6m turnover next year after revealing a £1.6m turnover for 2012.

Animation and interactive developer Studio Liddell, has licensed Smiley Company’s iconic imagery to create a unique puzzle game for Apple mobile and tablet devices.


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