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Leeds digital agency Bloom has announced a 50% rise in its level of fee income over the past 12 months and said that staff numbers have also risen sharply to 60 over the same period.

Virgin Media Business has extended its free Wi-Fi service in Leeds to include the 4,500 sq m Millennium Square area of the city.

UTV Media (GB) appointed Matthew Bromham as its new station director for The Pulse and Pulse 2 in Bradford. He joins from Metro Radio in Newcastle where he was commercial director.

Members of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) North West group have elected their new committee for the 2013/14 year with Erin Portsmouth, head of communications and engagement at NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group, re-elected as chair for her third and final term.

The independently-owned publishing company Newsco Insider, has of this week increased its coverage of business news in the South East, to a daily offering across sub regions.

Knutsford-based medical communications agency Fishawack Communications, has been sold by its former owner, the private equity house YFM, to Growth Capital Partners.

Arts Council England has awarded Manchester City Council £5.5million to build HOME, the new production centre for contemporary art, theatre and film. The First Street venue, set to house the relocated Cornerhouse cinema and Library Theatre, is due to open in spring 2015.

Motionlab has won a competitive tender to design a new website for 'warm edge' spacer bar supplier SWISSPACER. The Preston-based digital agency has recently worked on an online platform for fellow Saint-Gobain company Glassolutions, and has also worked for Planitherm and Vitrio.

The Newcastle Evening Chronicle has changed its name to 'The Chronicle' to reflect its morning print schedule. The Trinity Mirror-owned regional daily, which was originally launched in 1885, has also announced a price rise as it undergoes a major overhaul.

Liverpool agency USP Creative has been appointed by Redrow Homes as its retained branding agency for all point of sale materials. The three-year contract includes the design and fit-out of marketing suites alongside design and production of all consumer facing literature and collateral.

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