Gurdev Singh, formerly the group business development director at Communisis, has joined Leeds agency Bloom as a non-executive director. He'll work closely with Bloom's management team, led by CEO Alex Craven.

George Dymond, who joined Morrisons at the beginning of the month and was expected to lead its new online grocery service, has unexpectedly resigned. Operations director Dymond was hired last autumn from Coles supermarkets in Australia, where he was group general manager of merchandise. Prior to that he was trading director at Carphone Warehouse.

Former Magic AM presenter Geoff Hemming has been jailed for life after admitting murdering his fiancee. At Nottingham Crown Court yesterday, the 52-year-old was found guilty of stabbing Denise Williamson at their home in Hucknall, near Nottingham, in July last year.

The Oldham Advertiser has more than halved its print run just eight months after a "radical and unconventional" redesign. The Trinity Mirror-owned free weekly has "realigned" its distribution model, reducing its print run from 55,883 - according to the latest ABC figures - to 24,000 with the remaining copies available on a pick-up basis at supermarkets.

Smoking Gun PR has been appointed by sun and personal care specialists Linco Care Ltd following a competitive pitch. The Manchester agency will be handling its consumer and B2B PR across a range of high street brands, focusing on products such as Calypso suncream and Re-Gen Oil skin treatment.

gyro Manchester has made two new appointments to its senior client services team. Matt Inston joins from McCann Manchester, where he spent six years as an account director working on brands including JD Williams, CrossCountry Trains, Sage, Jacamo and Sport England.

Manchester-based PR agency We Are Indigo has been appointed by KiK, the new e-cigarette brand. KiK will be launched to both regional and national press with a supercar race day starring former Top Gear 'Stig' Ben Collins, followed by a photo-call with Helen Flanagan and a VIP launch party at which guests will enjoy a DJ set from Peaches Geldof.

Tracy Eastwood, the former MD of Bauer Media in Yorkshire, is to join Real Radio Yorkshire as managing director. Eastwood left Bauer after 16 years in October after a regional restructure. She originally started her career with Metro Radio Group and held a number of positions within Bauer across the North West and Yorkshire, including station director at Key 103.

Former journalist Chris Marritt has moved from Weber Shandwick to Citypress as an account director. Marritt, who spent six years in journalism with the Press Association and the Daily Mail before joining Weber Shandwick last March, will lead a number of national financial services and corporate briefs.

Creative marketing agency Sunny Thinking has produced a commemorative 75th anniversary coffee table book for Soreen. The limited edition publication tells the story of the iconic malt loaf, which was first produced in Manchester in 1938 by founder John Sorenson.


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