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The inward investment body for Manchester, MIDAS, has released its annual report for the year to March 2013. Of the 81 projects that the body helped to bring to life, roughly a quarter of new projects were crated by companies in the creative, digital and media sectors.

James Sommerville, the co-founder and current group creative director of the acclaimed design agency Attik, has been appointed as the head of design at Atlanta-based Coca-Cola.

Dishwashers, accountants and estate agents - they’ve all probably got a better job than you, unless you’re a web developer, or an actuary.
Well, that’s according to a survey by job site, CareerCast.com which has analysed and ranked 200 jobs and decided that being a newspaper journalist is indeed the worst career you could possibly have.

A freelance photographer and writer from Manchester has been named on the shortlist for the Amnesty International Media Awards.
Len Grant finds himself up against Channel 4 and The Guardian in the digital innovation category for his Life Without Papers blog.

Leeds finally has a world-class entertainment venue after the city council handed the keys to Leeds Arena over to operator SMG Europe. The £60million arena, which has a 13,500 capacity, was recently described by Billboard magazine as the most exciting in the world this year.

Cheshire fashion retailer Black White Denim has won its identity battle with a large distributor which had threatened to open a store with the same name in South Africa. Last month we reported how Jo Davies, who owns the award-winning boutique in Wilmslow, was embarking on a legal fight to retain the exclusivity of the brand name.

A host of influential names from across the media world are returning to the University of Central Lancashire for a one-off event to celebrate 50 years of journalism teaching at the campus.

The UK games industry is being urged to “rally to the cause” following a decision by the European Union to investigate a proposed tax break for video game producers.
Tiga, the country’s video games trade body has been campaigning for the last 5 years to get tax relief similar to that enjoyed by the film and television sectors. This latest setback means yet further delays.

Paul Smith, the former head of communications at Creative England, has joined the Manchester Chamber of Commerce in a new role as its head of comms. Stella Bowdell has also joined the management team at the Chamber as head of membership.

An undisclosed ‘substantial six-figure sum’ has been agreed between Tranmere Rovers FC and the discount retailer Home Bargains, which will see the retailer on the club's shirts from next season.

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