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Old January 22nd, 2008, 07:18 PM   #81
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Interesting article in today's guardian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2...ailers.retail3

They quote an article from the Cambridge Economic Journal:
Good find!

Seems to have injected a good few mmls. of reality into the bloodstream of this thread. Not only reducing the temperature, but also the cranial swelling.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 01:31 PM   #82
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Exactly why I say that none of us should be cocky when spewing out the various development organisations spin about how this or that city is dynamic, economic behemoths etc. If we bury our heads in the sand and just repeat what is often utter bollocks then we are all in the shit, in perpetuity!

We need other directions and other solutions to our long term prospects for all of our northern cities.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 05:39 PM   #83
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1 Snowhill taking shape - 220 000+ sq ft office space.

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Old January 28th, 2008, 04:06 AM   #84
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From Birmingham's Birmingham Post

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Big banks set to Birmingham HQs
Jan 26 2008

Two of the world's best known banks are on the verge of signing a deal to open UK headquarters in Birmingham.

An agreement which will bring nearly 5,000 jobs to city centre premises is believed to be weeks away from being concluded by Locate In Birmingham - the city council's inward investment arm - and Advantage West Midlands.

News of the venture was broken by council leader Mike Whitby, who told a meeting at WH Ireland Stockbrokers in Colmore Row on Thursday that the deal was "imminent".

Council officials were reluctant to discuss the matter last night, insisting that negotiations are at a delicate stage.

There are also fears that world stock market turbulence and uncertain economic conditions could delay approval

It is understood that about 700 new jobs will be created by the smaller of the two banks - a major European financial institution seeking to move its back office facilities to the UK.


Some 4,000 jobs are involved in the second proposal, which involves consolidating a bank's regional operation into a new 350,000 sq ft office in Birmingham city centre.


Councillor Whitby has often spoken of his wish to improve the image of Birmingham as a major European business city by attracting global financial players.


A council source said: "A major operator is seriously contemplating moving here. We are in advanced negotiations.


"You could certainly say that it is a household name bank.


"Architects have been instructed, offices are being designed. This is very, very serious."


The council is expected to formally announce the bank deals at the MIPIM international property show in the south of France in March.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 10:37 AM   #85
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Great news for Birmingham that. 5,000 jobs, and I would assume the majority of them are well paid.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 11:58 AM   #86
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And a market for more residential towers
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Old January 28th, 2008, 12:06 PM   #87
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Great news for Birmingham that. 5,000 jobs, and I would assume the majority of them are well paid.
thats excellent news for brum.. im envious. Leeds overtook brum for the first time last year by having more total jobs in the financial & business services than Brum by several thousand (despite being 250,000 people smaller). However, with 5,000 new jobs coming to Brum, it is very possible that Brum will edge ahead again.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 12:30 PM   #88
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The first is great news for Brum. Something like the BoNY for Manchester. New jobs. (seems Brum beat Manchester this time) The second. One of the major banks moving all their staff into a new city centre purpose built building. Same happened in Manchester with RBS. Well done Brum.
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aye. brum needed this what with the car losses. this more than makes up for it i guess.
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Regardless of whether it is consolidation or new job creation, it means we'll get some gleaming new buildings
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Old January 28th, 2008, 05:13 PM   #91
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That 350,000 ft job can only be HSBC at Arena Central. MAKE are working on the offices it is believed.

@ jrb - much the same happened in Birmingham with RBS - they occupy a campus of four buildings at Brindleyplace. There are some other group functions in town though.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 05:31 PM   #92
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Outstanding. Great shot in the arm, office take-up in Brum hasn't been too hot recently and total occupied floorspace actually shrank for a while recently ( Colliers ). As for your RBS, they also employ 5000 people in Glasgow and over a 1000 in Paisley, god bless 'em
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RBS don't really employ many in Sheffield. I feel like we're missing out. However HSBC employ about 5,000 (I think) in the city, and they're looking to consolidate all their staff into one building/complex. I think they're looking at the West Bar development which will have 1 million sqft of office space. Not sure how much space 5,000 peeps need.

Also, the DWP are looking to move out of their current building (but stay in Sheffield). Theyv'e got a huge building at the moment, so it's gonna have to be sommat big to replace it.

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the trouble with call centre stuff is (and leeds has a hell of a lot) is they wont necesarily be here for ever
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the trouble with call centre stuff is (and leeds has a hell of a lot) is they wont necesarily be here for ever
Sheffield has its share of call centres, but we're not talking about them here.
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Outstanding. Great shot in the arm, office take-up in Brum hasn't been too hot recently and total occupied floorspace actually shrank for a while recently ( Colliers ). As for your RBS, they also employ 5000 people in Glasgow and over a 1000 in Paisley, god bless 'em
I think you're slightly confused. Office take up has been low because of not enough grade A space. Why so many new office blocks are being built speculatively now. The tallest being Snowhill Plaza at 118m tall.
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Snowhill plaza is the largest, Natwest replacement is the tallest : P
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Snowhill plaza is the largest, Natwest replacement is the tallest : P
Thats why this went before it ...

"Why so many new office blocks are being built speculatively now ... TALLEST BEING SNOW HILL PLAZA AT 118m."

Natwest at the moment is'nt set up that way
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I think you're slightly confused. Office take up has been low because of not enough grade A space. Why so many new office blocks are being built speculatively now. The tallest being Snowhill Plaza at 118m tall.
No confusion, son. That's the way it is, I never said it was due to lack of demand but if you don't have the space you don't get the business. Birmingham has lagged for a few years now in the take-up stakes. It's great to see the space coming though and as I said this will be a great shot in arm after the city has suffered with relatively low take-up in recent years.
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Thats why this went before it ...

"Why so many new office blocks are being built speculatively now ... TALLEST BEING SNOW HILL PLAZA AT 118m."

Natwest at the moment is'nt set up that way
Ah i thought it was, my mistake.
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