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Salford City Council has appointed Matt Finnegan as its assistant director for Marketing and Communications: Finnegan saw off 37 other candidates for the post said the official statement.

Cockermouth claims it's the first town in Cumbria to use an App to market itself. In fact the local business community say it believes this is the only town-led App initiative in the country.
It’s been created by local digital agency, Flame Concepts alongside Cockermouth & District Chamber of Trade and is supported by Allerdale Borough Council.

The speech that civil servants once drafted for the Queen to deliver on the eve of a nuclear war makes fascinating reading 30 years on, writes Weber Shandwick North account director, Chris Marritt.

The “solemn and awful duty” of a monarch on the eve of war, together with the concern of a mother whose son was “at this moment in action” are powerful illustrations of the role of a leader in a crisis.

Cheryl Cole, Alan Shearer and Ant and Dec appear in a specially commissioned Viz comic strip to promote the launch of the Newcastle Chronicle’s iPad edition.
The Chronicles of Tynanwia has been drawn by Viz co-editor, Alex Collier and features “two blokes in a pub, transported to a magical kingdom where everyone gets their Chronicle news through a tablet.”

Preston-based sportswear manufacturer, Kukri, has appointed Bird Consultancy to handle its PR and communications strategy in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.
Kukri has been named the official kit supplier to Commonwealth Games England and has already revealed that it will be helping up to 20 athletes hoping to be selected for team England with PR support.

Julie Gaskell, the former chief executive of Super League club, Widnes Vikings has joined Parker Design in Cheshire.
She will head up its business development as the Northwich-based agency seeks to expand.

Regital has appointed Hannah Atkinson, formerly of Return on Digital as it prepares for an “absolutely huge” Q4.
It’s part of the ambitious expansion plans outlined by the Manchester-based digital sales house earlier this year.

An App, which would deliver cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to people who’ve experienced a first episode of psychosis has received £450k worth of funding from the Medical Research Council.
It means that Dr Sandra Bucci and her team from the University of Manchester can begin developing and funding the app.

Reform Creative has produced the new website for Edinburgh Weavers, the first refresh of its online presence since the 1990s.

The Manchester-based agency was faced with a flash-based site, which had absolutely no search engine optimisation.

Inventive Leisure, the parents company of Revolution Bars, has appointed Manchester digital agency, Cube3.
It will be supporting Revolution and its sister brand, Revolucion de Cuba as the company looks to return to its roots, with a renewed focus on vodka.

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