Publisher JOE Media has announced the expansion of its UK regional operations based out of Manchester, with plans to grow its commercial, editorial and production arms.
The move sees investment into a brand new HQ, including state-of-the-art production studios, in Spinningfields in the city centre.
JOE has also appointed Dave Hendry (pictured above) as its new regional commercial director, responsible for developing brand partnerships with advertiser and agency clients outside of London.
Previously, he was regional sales director with Rocket Fuel and has also held roles with Specific Media, Manchester Evening News and CN Group.
Hendry will work alongside brand partnerships director, Russell Oakley, who joined the business last summer. Jack Sullivan, also previously of Rocket Fuel, has also joined the commercial team as brand partnership manager.
Additionally, plans are underway to establish dedicated regional planning and client services teams, and grow the current Manchester-based editorial team, to a Manchester-based headcount of “at least 20” in 2018. Total company headcount currently stands at almost 60.