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A 40% increase in sales at insurance company, Direct Gap, is partly being attributed to a website redesign by We Love The Web.

The Hebden Bridge-based digital agency was brought in to make the website more customer-focused and according to Direct Gap’s boss, it’s already paying dividends

The Manchester Evening News has launched this year’s edition of the 250 most influential people in the city at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel.
It will be published distributed next week alongside the Greater Manchester Business Week. It features s tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson who announced his retirement just days before it went to print.

BBC North director, Peter Salmon, has responded on the audit commission’s report on the corporation’s move to MediaCityUK.
Clearly pleased that the commission found that it happened on time, under budget and “maintained broadcast continuity”, Salmon countered criticism about its 6-figure relocation packages, saying that redundancy was twice as expensive as moving people:

Studio Lambert has been filming a new three-part documentary in Manchester and Tower Hamlets.
With the working title, I Want a Council House, it was shot over 6 months, showing how the 1.8m people on Britain’s social housing list live.

Over 600 of the finest media and creative talent in the North came together last night for a triumphant hosting of the first ever Prolific North Awards.

Acceleris’ specialist motors team has won contracts worth almost £130k, including fuel card Allstar and used car website, Trusted Deals.
The Harrogate-based agency, which was founded 6 years ago, has seen increased interested from the sector, partly as a result of uncertainty in the market.

The Mob Film Company has revealed its second viral video to promote the Manchester United Foundation charity match against Real Madrid.
A follow-up to the Rocky-inspired debut, this time, Bryan Robson’s team of legends gatecrash a training session at the club’s Training Barn. However, their definition of the word “friendly” leaves a lot to be desired.

Prolific North is pleased to announce the launch of a major new initiative examining the level of investment in the North by multinational and international creative and media companies. We believe this is the first time that such a research study has ever been undertaken.

Forever Manchester has appointed Paul Haworth to the new role of director of marketing.
He’s been working as a consultant to the charity for the last 18 months and helped develop activity around its Mancunian Way campaign as well as establishing a series of fundraising initiatives.

Morrisons has this morning announced that it’s signed a long term agreement with Ocado, which will enable it to launch an online grocery delivery service by January next year.

The Bradford-based chain is the only one of the “big four” supermarkets not to currently offer online shopping.

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