News has appointed Clare Francis to the new post of editor-in-chief. Francis was previously head of content at the financial services price comparison website, which has its head office in Chester.

Marketing communications agency The Raft has rebranded to form part of Cirrus following the companies’ merger last year. The process of integration has been taking place since the merger in May, with both now sharing one office and The Raft beginning to work more closely with Cirrus clients such as Shop Direct Group and National Nuclear Laboratory.

Marketing Manchester is on the hunt for a new chairman. Its current chairman, Nick Johnson, has completed a seven-year spell and will hand over responsibility for the chairmanship this summer.

Market research agency Join the Dots has added Andy Cumming and Sally Lewis to its senior team. Cumming joins the Manchester-based company as research director, where he will be focusing on servicing client accounts and mentoring junior staff.

The business and features desks at the Manchester Evening News are set to go in Trinity Mirror's restructure, Prolific North understands. Long-standing business journalists Kevin Feddy and Simon Donohue have been made redundant as part of the process and could leave the company as early as the end of this month.

Lancashire sports nutrition company Science in Sport (SiS) has signed up Sir Chris Hoy as a brand ambassador. The Nelson-based company said that the six-time Olympic champion would now use a range of its energy, recovery and hydration products, including SiS GO Gels and SiS GO Energy.

Screen Yorkshire is calling on TV and film producers to bid for a slice of its latest £3.5million investment windfall. The Leeds-based organisation is looking to invest in "up to 10 high-end TV or film projects", with between £100,000 and £500,000 available for each.

The Hut Group has joined forces with the publisher of Esquire and Cosmopolitan magazines to launch a series of new shopping websites. The deal with Hearst Magazines UK will see the Northwich-based online retailer provide products and other support for The UK Edit, an online shopping platform that will host a variety of magazine-branded stores.

Bird Consultancy has secured a knockout account win with BoxNation, Britain’s first ever dedicated boxing channel. The Manchester-based PR agency has been appointed to help raise the profile of the new channel and its boxers, and boost subscriptions.

Tangerine PR has appointed a leading coach as non-executive director to support the agency's staff development programme. Ian Pettigrew, who already works with AstraZeneca, Kurt Salmon and the NHS through his company Kingfisher Coaching, has joined Tangerine's board to help staff discover and apply their strengths in areas such as strategic insight, influence and relationship building.


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