About Us

Prolific North Limited is an independently-owned publishing and events company based in Manchester.

Launching in January 2013, it is now established as the leading news and events hub for the media, marketing and creative sector in the North.

With around 100,000 unique visitors a month, our website is the go-to place for breaking news and features on the fast-growing creative industries of Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle and the whole of the North.

In partnership with Don't Panic Projects, we also now stage a series of hugely successful industry expos, including the Marketing Show North, eCommerce Show North and Tech Show North.

We also host the Northern Marketing Awards, Northern Digital Awards and Northern eCommerce Awards, as well as our own Prolific North Awards, which consistently attracts over 800 people, and is the most popular media, marketing and creative sector industry awards night outside of London.

The Team

Nick Jaspan | Publisher

Nick’s experience spans a number of high profile publishing ventures: from launching Insider (Newsco) to financial transactions data companies – Corpfin,  Zephyr and j4b – to the media web site How-Do.

Contact: nick@prolificnorth.co.uk | 07788 417 660

Mark Dickinson | Chairman

Mark was at the forefront of Trinity Mirror’s multi-platform strategy. He edited the award-winning Journal in Newcastle then the Liverpool Echo, subsequently becoming editor-in-chief of TM's titles in the North West and North Wales. He became Editorial Director for the Midlands and then Business Development Director for the group. He launched the Sport Media publishing unit and led the acquisition of digital agency Rippleffect. Mark is a director and governor of a special needs school on the Wirral.

Editorial team

David Prior | Editor

David has 18 years’ experience in media and marketing, as a journalist with the likes of the Press Association and Liverpool Daily Post and in agency-side digital marketing and PR roles with Golley Slater and Delineo. He has an MBA from Manchester Met Business School and is also the founder of hyperlocal news website and magazine Altrincham Today.

Contact: david@prolificnorth.co.uk

Stephen Chapman | Reporter

Stephen began his career at Granada Reports, before moving into the independent sector as a producer, receiving critical acclaim for a reinvention of The Tube for Channel 4’s short-lived radio venture. In 2008 he established his own content production company, which works with major brands and influencers around the world. He continues to produce television programmes, including Hacienda Classical for Channel 4 and Sony Music.

Contact: stephen@prolificnorth.co.uk

Simon Austin | Reporter

Having begun his career in the local press, Simon worked for BBC Sport for 13 years, in TV, radio and online. He was one of the first to relocate from London to Manchester as part of the BBC’s move North. After working latterly as features editor for the BBC Sport website, he left to become a freelancer for national newspapers and runs his own football performance website.

Contact: news@prolificnorth.co.uk 

Charlie Spargo | Journalist

Charlie is a graduate of the University of Manchester, with experience in various media and marketing roles. Having spent one year at the head of the university's large and diverse student media group, he spent a year at local audio branding agency PHMG. At the same time, he has also spent a few years providing content on a freelance basis for specialist local blogs and platforms, as well as a selection of national titles.

Contact: charlies@prolificnorth.co.uk  

Josh Peachey | Journalist

Josh grew up in the Greater Manchester area and has always taken pleasure in raving about how great it really is. He graduated with a Journalism Studies degree from the University of Sheffield in 2017 and has undertaken work experience with the likes of BBC North West Tonight, ITV Tonight, The Independent online, and even a stint in Shanghai working for That's Magazine. Before moving to Prolific North, he reported on local issues in his hometown of Altrincham.

Contact: josh@prolificnorth.co.uk

Commercial team

Jill Taylor | Event Director, Prolific North Live

Jill’s sales and marketing career started in regional newspapers and includes six years as Sales Director for Newsco Insider. Jill has been involved with Prolific North since 2013 and is Expo Director for Prolific North Live - the biggest marketing expo outside London. Jill has recruited, trained and managed sales teams, as well as run successful marketing campaigns for national brands.

Contact: jill@prolificnorth.co.uk | 07879 471 636

Martyn Collins | Event Director, eCommerce Show North

Martyn is a seasoned, proven sales and marketing professional with a track record of successful business growth and experience of working at Board level alongside international companies both in the UK and abroad. As Exhibition Director of eCommerce Show North he was responsible for the biggest ever gathering of eCommerce companies, vendors and suppliers held outside London.

Experience of both private and public sectors, B2B and B2C marketing, agency and client side. Has successfully managed major high-value pitches and presentations, been a keynote speaker and recruited and grown sales, marketing and account management teams.

Contact: martyn@prolificnorth.co.uk | 07764 406 873

Carol White | Business Development Manager

Carol is a digital marketing specialist who has over 20 years’ experience in publishing; first working at the Stockport Express then going on to Imprint publishing and Insider Media in both production and sales roles. Having over eight years’ experience in digital marketing, Carol works closely with companies to help them promote their brands online and build digital marketing campaigns across all touchpoints.

Contact: carol@prolificnorth.co.uk | 07864 867 676

Rebecca Waterhouse | Commercial Manager

Rebecca has worked in the publishing sector for nearly 20 years and has been part of the huge transition towards digital media. She started her career at Future Publishing, working with a number of key clients in the music industry before moving to Origin Publishing, where she spent five years managing the sales team on the women's interest titles. This was followed by 11 years at Insider Media managing the national sales team and working with a number of B2B clients across the UK offering a range of sales solutions including print, digital and event sponsorships. 

Contact: rebecca@prolificnorth.co.uk | 07747 604 039

Charlie Robertson | Commercial Manager

Charlie is a proven media sales professional with over 15 years of experience. It was during his six-year tenure at Excel Publishing in a Business Development role where he discovered his passion for the events industry, working alongside some of the UK’s largest brands to deliver memorable and highly successful event campaigns. Charlie takes a collaborative approach to helping businesses achieve their goals and works across Prolific North’s three key exhibitions.

Contact: charlie@prolificnorth.co.uk | 07837 989 881

Nathan Ouriach | Marketing Executive

After 15 months living and working in South Korea teaching 10 year olds the difference between "B" and "V" and avoiding K-pop, Nathan moved to Manchester to work in the city's rapidly growing digital sector. Before joining Prolific North in October 2017 he spent over three years as part of a tech start-up's leadership team, watching the company grow from a staff of six to almost 30 in the process. 

Contact: nathan@prolificnorth.co.uk | 07514 286 490