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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.

Bay Trust Radio will be able to broadcast live events to patients through 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi after an £8700 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

It claims it is the most technologically advanced hospital radio station in the region and even has an iPhone app and online streaming so that former patients can listen in as well.

Leeds-based Communisis has seen profits rise 19% over the last 6 months, to £5.1m. This follows a “huge” 10 year contract with the Lloyds Banking Group.

The interim results revealed that turnover was up 8% at £121m (2012: £112.6m), while overseas revenues had doubled year-on-year to 13% (2012: 5%).

iBurbia Studios has set up its new interactive media lab at MediaCityUK despite a fall-out which saw it pull out of a contract to run the innovations lab at The Landing.

At the time, Nigel Walley of iBurbia Studio’s parent company, Decipher, told Prolific North that the facility was “unusable” and he planned to set up a rival lab in the city centre.


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