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Newsquest, publisher of over 300 titles including the York Press, Lancashire Telegraph and Northern Echo, has confirmed today that chairman and chief executive Paul Davidson is to step down.

Full service digital agency CTI Digital has made a series of new appointments and promotions. Neil Dring joins from Wonder Associates as a senior project manager and will look after a number of international Drupal clients.

Digital agency YOMA has built a new e-commerce store for Liverpool-based discount retailer TJ Hughes. TJ Hughes, which first opened its doors in 1925 but did not begin trading online until 2009, started working with Liverpool's YOMA late last year.

Pixel8 has agreed a deal for its brand management software to be rolled out by the Radisson hotel chain across north and south America. The Manchester design agency has secured an agreement for its Brandit system to be adopted at 150 Radisson hotels.

The Sharp Project has constructed a purpose-built suite of four fully sound-proofed studios, believed to be the only dedicated green screen suite in the UK.

Full service agency Amaze, which has offices in Manchester and Liverpool, has made two senior appointments. Former head of Amaze PR, Sandra McDowell, takes on the role of managing director of Amaze Communications reporting to Amaze CEO, Natalie Gross.

Liverpool-based advertising and branding agency Black & Ginger has created a new brand for the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival. The festival, which is organised by SK Events and will take place in Sefton Park on September 7-8, is expected to attract around 40,000 visitors for its celebration of the city’s food and drink scene.

Software development company Godel Technologies Europe has appointed James Blake as sales director. Blake joins the Manchester-based company from Blackboard, where he worked with organisations and educational institutions to deliver services using technology.

The Liverpool Echo's long-standing Hillsborough campaign earned it the newspaper of the year title at the Regional Press Awards. The paper claimed four awards in total at the event, organised by the Society of Editors and held at London’s Savoy Place.

Manchester-based mobile software developer Apadmi has developed an app that lets "citizen journalists" submit content to a new platform launched by The Guardian.

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