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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.

Following his promotion in March 2012 to deputy MD, Brother UK, the information, communication and technology manufacturer, has today confirmed the appointment of Phil Jones as its managing director.

The private equity house NorthEdge Capital has taken a majority stake in the 'creative IT solutions' provider Jigsaw24, which is headquartered in Nottingham with a service operation at MediaCity.

Manchester City has further broadened its international commercial footprint with a deal with an energy drinks brand in Indonesia and Nigeria. In what is another demonstration of the club's increasing popularity overseas, Extra Joss will become City's exclusive energy drinks partner in the two countries.

Kathryn Blacker, the head of public programme at the National Media Museum in Bradford and a former BBC sport exec, has been appointed as Chapter Steward by The Chapter of York, taking on responsibility for the day-to-day management of York Minster's resources and commercial activities and overseeing staff and volunteers.

Business journalist Simon Binns, has given up his job as the Northern correspondent of the UK's leading property trade publication, Estates Gazette, for a new role as manager of Manchester’s first Business Improvement District.

Manchester United has sold the naming rights to its Carrington training complex as part of a new eight-year sponsorship deal with Aon, said to be worth as much as £180m.

Steve Kuncewicz, one of the North's best-known intellectual property, media and social media lawyers, has taken up a new role with Bermans. He stepped down from his previous role as Boohoo.com's in-house lawyer earlier this year.

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