People on the move: The 55 best events in the North West not to be missed


Companies across the Northwest have announced a slew of appointments over the past week.

Since our last BusinessLive roundup, companies in the cloud data, law and accounting industries have taken a series of steps as the region’s economy continues to rebound from the pandemic.

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Here, BusinessLive browses the 55 North West events announced last week not to be missed:


Matillion appoints Naggi Asmar as technical director

Greater Manchester-based cloud data company Matillion has hired Naggi Asmar as its first director of engineering.

In this role, Mr. Asmar will lead and evolve Matillion’s engineering team as the company enters its next phase of growth.

Mr. Asmar is a Silicon Valley engineering leader with over 25 years of experience leading development organizations in companies of all sizes.

He has spent most of his career building and growing global engineering teams and providing services to corporate clients, most recently as Senior Vice President of Engineering at Medallia, where he multiplied the size of the engineering team by 10 and helped lead this global team as a company. became public.

Kyma Media

Hannah Anderson, Managing Director of Kyma Media
Hannah Anderson, Managing Director of Kyma Media

Kyma Media has promoted Hannah Anderson to Managing Director.

Previously, she joined Kyma Media in May 2021 as Director of Social and Creative Services, she led the agency to double its team size and revenue in the past four months.

In her new role at the Manchester company, she will be responsible for taking the business to the next level, as well as taking charge of building the existing team and ensuring that Kyma “provides exceptional service to its clients and creators “.

She said: “Joining Kyma has been one of the best decisions of my career. I feel so supported and trusted, this is how I thrive.

“The business is growing rapidly and it’s amazing to be a part of it, especially within the Kairos Group, which is one of the most exciting companies in the gaming media space.”

Browne Jacobson

Ragene Raithatha by Browne Jacobson
Ragene Raithatha by Browne Jacobson

Browne Jacobson has appointed Ragene Raithatha as General Counsel for his new construction firm in Manchester.

A specialist in contentious and non-contentious construction matters, she brings with her many years of experience in large-scale construction and infrastructure projects across the UK.

She was previously the Director of the Real Estate, Construction and Infrastructure team at Manchester law firm DWF.

She will join a growing national construction firm that advises national and international companies, contractors, subcontractors, developers, lenders, suppliers, end users and occupants on a range of construction issues. contentious and non-contentious local, national and international.

First Internet

New hires at Altrincham digital marketing agency, First Internet
New hires at Altrincham digital marketing agency, First Internet

Altrincham Digital Marketing Agency First Internet has made a series of new recruits.

Kieran Wilson was recruited as Technical SEO Specialist, Jon Cole-Dalton as Content Marketing Specialist and SEO Specialist.

Harriet Waters joined the group as Head of Digital Marketing, Jonathan Griffiths as UX Designer and Ben William-Harrison as Account Manager and Social Media Manager.

The new hires were hired by the agency as they got new and repeated briefs, working with clients across the UK to provide website design and development, UX design, SEO, management social media and content marketing.

First Internet recently celebrated 23 years in business as its clients include PZ Cussons, Peak ai, Citation, Metro Rod and Sew Direct.

Breathe in the technologies

Adam Hughes of Breathe Technologies
Adam Hughes of Breathe Technologies

Warrington-based smart warehouse technology provider Breathe Technologies has strengthened its team with the appointment of a new COO.

Adam Hughes joins over 20 years of mechanical engineering experience.

His experience includes a long stint with the turnkey engineering specialist DRB Group and brings with him a vast knowledge of managing end-to-end custom mechanical designs for a wide range of systems and components.

With experience in various industries including Food & Beverage, Automotive, Rail and Pharmaceuticals, he will be responsible for overseeing all Breathe business processes, project delivery and relationships with customers.

DSW companies

Eleanor Boardman of DSW Ventures
Eleanor Boardman of DSW Ventures

DSW Ventures, the venture capital investment firm of the Dow Schofield Watts group, has promoted Daresbury-based Eleanor Boardman to investment manager.

She first joined DSW Ventures from KPMG in 2019 and helped grow the business from a start-up to a major venture capital provider across the UK.

During this period, the company more than tripled its funds under management, successfully implemented its £ 10million funding partnership with British Business Investments under the Regional Angels program and increased the monthly number companies applying for more than 100 start-ups per month.

Champion Accountants

New recruits at Champion Accountants
New recruits at Champion Accountants

An accounting group in the Northwest added 11 new hires after demand for its services increased during the lockdown.

Champion Accountants has bolstered its client portfolio over the past 18 months as companies requested professional accountant and advisory support in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The practice has expanded its team to ensure they can continue their promise of providing exceptional service to businesses of all sizes and industries.

The firm recruited Craig Anderson, Bradley Wade, James Page, Angie Frangenheim and Ben Wilkinson to its payroll team, while Shan Syed joined the audit team alongside audit and accounting intern Elle Millington.

Keeley Roscoe and Jack Holt joined the management accounts division, while Callum Foster also joined as IT manager, alongside Amy Lees who took on the role of apprentice administrator.

Champion Accountants – which also has offices in Chester, Preston and Blackpool – was established in 1971.

Sunset Solutions

Matthew Griffiths of Sundown Solutions
Matthew Griffiths of Sundown Solutions

Lancashire-based Sundown Solutions has bolstered its leadership team with the appointment of Matthew Griffiths as Head of Client Services.

The continued growth of Sundown Solutions has led to the creation of this new role, with Mr. Griffiths being responsible for the delivery of technology projects and services alongside the project management organization and Sundowns service teams for his ensure that they meet the organizational and performance objectives of the client.

He brings over 25 years of experience to join UKCloud’s cloud technology and transformation consulting firm.

Prior to UKCloud, he worked for consulting firms and global systems integrators with a focus on regulated industries in UK, Europe and US and efficient use of data.


James Firminger of Zymurgorium
James Firminger of Zymurgorium

Manchester-based spirits maker Zymurgorium has recruited three new hires to its growing team.

The appointments follow growth throughout the third quarter of 2021 for the Irlam-based distillery, with the company securing major retail listings, a plethora of new products and increased manufacturing capacity.

James Santangeli, Adam Morris and James Firminger will join the team with 40 years of combined experience to help grow the business through 2022 and beyond.

The business was started by Aaron Darke in 2013 with a multi-million pound investment in the development of a new distillery and bottling line.

Recycling lives

Phil McDonald of Recycling Lives
Phil McDonald of Recycling Lives

Recycling Lives, headquartered in Preston, has appointed Phil McDonald to lead purchasing.

He is responsible for developing and delivering a more sustainable supply chain to drive the evolution of the waste recycling business to become a leader in the circular economy sector in the UK.

He will work closely with the sustainability team within the company to ensure alignment of the procurement function and suppliers with the strategic objectives of the company in areas such as facility maintenance and machinery, machinery purchases, transport and energy.

Recycling Lives employs over 500 people across the UK and has 18 locations across the country.

UHY Hacker Young

The Manchester office of UHY Hacker Young, the national accounting group, has strengthened its team with more than 30 new hires in 2021.

The team has seen a 25% growth in membership this year and is focused on retaining staff and updating its compensation offering.

The expansion of UHY Hacker Young’s Manchester office aims to support the group’s overall growth strategy.

Over the past year, local practice has accepted a number of larger audit clients, resulting in the need for additional qualified auditors as well as more trainees.

UHY Hacker Young also celebrated a series of internal promotions with over 10% of staff promoted in the past 12 months.

Company city

David Levine, Startup CEO, Business Advisor and Former Global Head of Connected Cars at Vodafone, joins Enterprise City in Manchester to share knowledge and support the tech startup community.

The experienced tech entrepreneur will be the entrepreneur in residence for the Exchange Startup Assistance program.

As part of this new role, he will be present to offer a fresh perspective to the ambitious start-ups selected for the device and prepare them to become ready to invest.

Mr. Levine is the founder and former CEO of DigitalBridge; a guided design platform for bathroom and kitchen retailers.

He is also a senior non-executive director and advisor to a number of exciting technology start-ups in the Northwest.

He was previously the Global Head of Connected Cars at Vodafone and worked for seven years in the CTO office of Hewlett-Packard.

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