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David Williams the BBC’s creative director of entertainment North has paid tribute to the “talent in Salford” as he announces 3 new programme commissions.
“It’s shaping up to be a fantastically busy and exciting few months ahead and it’s testament to the breadth of talent in Salford that we’re looking forward to such a rich and varied diet of new and returning programmes,” he said.

Liverpool’s Studio Mashbo is planning on further growth, following a series of client wins and two new appointments.
It’s just launched the new website for bus firm, Network Warrington and redeveloped the online and mobile presence for brand agency, Capitalise in London.

TeamRock Radio’s breakfast show team claim they’ve left the station and may not return to presenting. That’s despite one half of the duo, Moose, being the station’s head of radio.

Set up by Billy Anderson and John Myers, TeamRock only started broadcasting on June 16th and the move appears to be as a test, to see if listeners prefer non-stop music to presenters, Moose and JRock.

Rule 5 has won a competitive pitch to promote the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Manchester and British Cycling National Track Championships.
It’s the second time British Cycling has turned to Rule 5 and follows a long-standing relationship with its founders, Rob Brown and Julie Wilson, who both worked with British Cycling through former agency, Staniforth.

Greggs is planning to overhaul its stores as it looks to market its offering on “quality” rather than just price.

The Newcastle-based firm made the announcement after seeing half year profits fall by £4.6m to £11.4m. It also warned its end of year profits would be hit by the July’s weather.

Harrison Woods, a student who was offered investment in his online parking venture by Dragons’ Den duo, Peter Jones and Theo Pathitis, has joined online recruitment company, Hiring-Hub.com.
Manchester-based Woods would turn down the Dragons’ investments, when he secured cash from an alternative, unnamed angel investor.

Manchester United has announced a new partnership with African consumer finance company, afb.

The 5-year tie-in is the club’s 12th such deal and means afb will be able to produce and market the official Manchester United credit card in Kenya.

Zoo Digital, which has its European headquarters in Sheffield, says it plans to diversify its customer base, following a difficult year.
The firm provides workflow management software and services for media productions,

Transport for Greater Manchester continues its public relations drive this morning, taking to Twitter to answer customer’s questions.
There has been increasing pressure on TfGM to start engaging with customers, not least in the wake of the Ashes Test, which saw thousands of fans stranded when a tram derailed.

Online community Mums in the Know (MITK) has added a research arm to its offering for brands. The Wilmslow-based company can now draw on its 40,000-plus followers, through the Your Say panel, to conduct nationwide research for brands targeting the "mummy market".

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