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Top Manchester agency open London office, Join the Dots bring in new recruits and possible job losses at Red Bee make up the news in this weeks News Hub.

New Cube3 office in the capital

Following a hugely successful first quarter which saw a 31% increase in turnover, Cube 3 have opened a new office in London.

The Princess Street, Manchester-based agency have, according to CEO Karl Baker, taken the “logical step” by branching out their work to new premises in the capital’s Victoria district. Speaking on the move, Barker said “Personally this is a very exciting time, my career started in London and so I have a real affinity with the innovation and drive in the city.

“We feel that we are currently in a great position to sit alongside some of the larger London agencies and, as we continue to grow our creative and digital teams, I am confident that Cube3’s northern soul will find a welcome home in the capital.”

Two new faces at Join the Dots

Join the Dots have announced the arrival of two new employees to their ever growing agency.

Jane Dugdale, former European insights manager for Kimberly-Clark has joined as research director. The market research company have also welcomed associate director David Waring to their team, who had spent time at Optimisa Research before taking the role.

The future looks bright for Join the Dots, who recently announced a 23% increase in revenue to £4.5 million.

Jobs may be at stake at Red Bee

Following on from the news that the BBC will end its deal with media management giants as of the end of next year, the 70-plus employees working on the account may find themselves without a job.

The BBC have decided to bring some tasks in-house once the deal expires in December 2015, whilst offering the rest to other agencies in the market. The Beeb’s director of audience and marketing Philip Almond said “We want to give all directors and production companies the opportunity to work with us, and to establish a new partnership with the commercial production industry.”

The news will be a bitter blow to the London head-quartered company, who in May announced they had been taken-over by communication powerhouse Ericsson.

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