LoopMe, a leading technology company that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to improve brand advertising performance, has announced significant company growth and global executive promotions. LoopMe expanded its operations by hiring 50+ new employees in 2023, a 20 per cent increase in workforce in 2023. As part of its expansion, LoopMe has promoted Rob Cukierman to a newly created role of chief product officer. The company also announced two new hires – Slava Taraskin, VP business development, overseeing the growth of publisher partnerships and supply inventory, and Adam Parker, VP of corporate development and strategy, responsible for strategic initiatives for future growth opportunities.


Annika Sanderson has taken on the role of co-founder at Vulse and will join Rob Illidge.

Vulse’s ground-breaking AI technology is reducing content creation times from hours to seconds.

Lancashire County Council

Rory Southworth has started a new position as Innovation Ecosystem Manager at Lancashire County Council. It means he’s supporting the whole county and not just Lancaster. He’s based at Fraser House Hub in Lancaster.


Manchester cybersecurity startup , Zally, has recruited experienced David Webb as chairman. Zally’s technology enables a new way to authenticate users online.


Seedtag, the London-based global contextual advertising company, has appointed Kartal Goksel as its chief technology officer.

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Goksel brings over two decades of expertise in the AdTech industry to Seedtag, where he will drive the company’s technological direction and spearhead innovation efforts. Goksel’s extensive experience includes roles at CNET, CBS Interactive, Pubmatic, and Kargo. At Kargo, he served as the CTO, leading the development of the company’s SSP.


Blume, the acquisition specialists for the legal sector, has announced it’s moving to a new 10,500 sq ft, office space at Egerton House in Towers Business Park, Didsbury and unveiled Alex Kenny as its new CEO.  Kenny was previously CMO for Fletchers Group and has over 20 years’ experience in the legal sector. Former CEO, Dez Derry, will no longer be part of Blume’s day-to-day operations.


Northern Ireland science and technology hub Catalyst has appointed Pauline Timoney as its new head of entrepreneurship. Catalyst is an independent, non-profit science and technology hub focused on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in Northern Ireland.

Timoney joins the 50-person strong team at Catalyst to lead the successful delivery of programmes such as Generation Innovation and INVENT which are designed to create opportunities for new entrepreneurs and support the growth and success of startups. As a veteran COO with over 18 years of experience in IT operations and leadership and a background in quality assurance engineering, Timoney excels in operational effectiveness and driving sustainable business growth.

Avison Young

Avison Young has appointed Chris Ward as capital markets director in its Manchester office.

Professional Liverpool

Professional Liverpool has appointed Phil Adams as its chief executive. He will remain in his position as a client services director at chartered accountants Langtons.

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