Regional financial news site TheBusinessDesk.com continues its rise and rise with the appointment of Manchester Evening News business editor Chris Barry.
It’s quite a coup for the site, started by former Yorkshire Post business editor David Parkin in November 2007, after spending seven years in the YP’s cavernous Leeds newsroom.
Although it started as a Yorkshire-only site, Parkin is now setting his sights across the Pennines with a north west edition, which launched earlier this month and is produced from the site’s new Manchester office. Parkin tells How Do:
“I said when we launched that this region [north west] deserves quality journalism and real investment, and I think this shows that we’re prepared to follow through on our promises.”
Competition for business news in Manchester is now pretty stiff. Not only are the MEN, agencies, the FT and now TheBusinessDesk clamouring for details on the next big deal, but so is Crain’s Manchester Business, launched by US publisher Crain early this year.