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Old January 17th, 2008, 05:05 PM   #1
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Your city's Economic/Office News

Interesting to see which companies are relocating where and why.

QVC eyes Manchester for HQ
By Simon Binns


Home shopping channel QVC has widened its search for a new headquarters to the North West, including Knowlsey near Liverpool and Media City on Salford Quays.

The company, which employs 500 people in its current offices in Battersea, South London, has a lease until 2012 but started planning last year for a new purpose-built headquarters building to handle anticipated growth.

Richard Burrell, QVCs director of engineering and operations, said the company had looked at sites within the M25 but wanted to see if lower-cost options were available. The London office houses studios, broadcast operations, buying, marketing, finance, electronic media and head office. The company also has an office with 1,800 people in Knowsley.

Burrell said, "We're looking at a number of sites in Manchester." He said he thought the Media City option pricey, but would not go into details about costs.

Adam Robson, a surveyor at Manchester-based Drivers Jonas, which has been working with QVC for the past nine months, said, there are half a dozen North West sites under consideration. We are currently gathering proposals from each of the sites, and a decision will be made at a later date, although we have not put a time limit on it, he said.

He said that the company was looking for 150,000 sq ft in the first phase of the move, then an additional 50,000 sq ft in the second phase.

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Gazprom opens in Manchester

Gazprom, the Russian state-controlled energy giant, is opening a Manchester office. Gazprom Marketing & Trading, its UK subsidiary, will run its retail business from the Bauhaus building on Quay Street. The office will be opened officially by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Glynn Evans, next Wednesday.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 05:24 PM   #2
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A little background reading to give an idea of actual take-up in the regional cities office market in recent years,

http://www.knightfrank.co.uk/romp/2006.aspx
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Old January 17th, 2008, 05:26 PM   #3
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Ryanair Announces Expansion at Birmingham International Airport
January 17 2008

Birmingham International Airport (BIA) is delighted that Ryanair has chosen the Airport as its 25th base.

It will be operating a fleet of environmentally-efficient Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Birmingham which will deliver 20 new routes to Girona (Barcelona); Biarritz (South West France); Billund - home of legoland (Denmark); Forli (Bologna - Italy); Bratislava - (Slovakia); Bydgoszcz (Poland); Dinard (Brittany- France); Gdansk (Poland); Marseilles - (France); Olbia (Sardinia); Torp (Oslo - Norway); Perpignan (South East France); Pisa (Italy); Poitiers (Mid west France); Porto (Portugal); Skavsta (Stockholm, Sweden); Trieste (Northern Italy - on Slovenian border); Reus (Spain); Rzeszow (Poland); Trapani (Sicily).

This will be followed by a further 8 Boeing 737-800 aircraft which will deliver 5 million passengers annually and sustain 5,000 jobs in the West Midlands.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 05:37 PM   #4
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That RyanAir thing was on the news the other day. 5,000 is a lot of jobs! Although I assume most of them will be reasonably low skill/low pay?

This seems a better threadto post what I put on the masterplans thread.

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Not a construction masterplan, but CreativeSheffield have just released a 12 year 'Economic Masterplan' for the city.

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City plan 'to create 30,000 jobs'
An economic blueprint to transform the former steel city of Sheffield and provide 30,000 jobs has been unveiled.
Development company Creative Sheffield has launched the plan to create a new business district and a "digital square mile" aimed at creative industries.

Chief executive Ian Bromley said: "This is the most authoritative business plan any UK city has seen."

The group also aims to forge closer links with Leeds and Manchester to help attract businesses to the region.

"Sheffield had the highest level of employment growth of all UK core cities during the 10 years to 2005, with 73,000 new jobs, which shows we have the track record to deliver on our ambitions," Mr Bromley added.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/s...re/7192785.stm

It includes creating 30,000 new jobs,
Increasing the GVA by 1 billion,
Increasing the average workers salary from 22,500 to 25,000
A new business district,
A 'world class' business school,
Encourage more life in the city centre during the 'dead' period of 5 and 8pm (including events both musical and artistic, shops opening longer and although it doesn't say, attracting more restaurants to the centre will be part of it),
Creating one clear brand for the city (as opposed to the multiple, often conflicting ones we have at the moments,
And much more...

They also want to improve links with both Leeds and Manchester so we can create a region to rival London.

This might not sound like much for most of you, and it's probably atleast 20 years overdue, but finally they seem to have a structured and clear plan of how they want the city to develop.

Targets for 2020
3000 jobs boost
Time to get creative
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Old January 17th, 2008, 05:40 PM   #5
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Should be pretty acheivable, taking only net jobs growth for the years of 2003 and 2005 Glasgow had a net job creation of over 30,000 jobs ( ONS ). The highest net jobs creation of any city outside London, hmmm, highest office take-up ( KnightFrank ) and highest jobs creation outside London ( ONS ), can't argue with that.

Here's a table showing GDP per capita of the major UK cities,

http://news.scotsman.com/ViewArticle...icleid=2607517
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Old January 17th, 2008, 06:04 PM   #6
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Article on the hotel sector in 2007, also shows occupancy rates for cities. Glasgow records strongest growth outside London ( no surprise there with the epic hotel development pipeline in the city )

http://www.4hoteliers.com/4hots_nshw.php?mwi=3912
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Here's a table showing GDP per capita of the major UK cities,

http://news.scotsman.com/ViewArticle...icleid=2607517
Liverpool bottom...
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Liverpool has been recording excellent growth in recent years though.
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Liverpool bottom...
Yeah!

Closer though to Barcelona than Manchester, and equal bottom of the employment league with both Manchester and Newcastle.

Come back when you have something worthwhile to boast about.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 07:26 PM   #10
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Should be pretty acheivable, taking only net jobs growth for the years of 2003 and 2005 Glasgow had a net job creation of over 30,000 jobs ( ONS ). The highest net jobs creation of any city outside London, hmmm, highest office take-up ( KnightFrank ) and highest jobs creation outside London ( ONS ), can't argue with that.

Here's a table showing GDP per capita of the major UK cities,

http://news.scotsman.com/ViewArticle...icleid=2607517
You say that, yet from the BBC article I posted:

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"Sheffield had the highest level of employment growth of all UK core cities during the 10 years to 2005, with 73,000 new jobs, which shows we have the track record to deliver on our ambitions," Mr Bromley added.
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Actually, it say's UK core cities, but I suspect it's possibly just the English core cities?
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Old January 17th, 2008, 07:30 PM   #12
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well of course Paulmat, of course!
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Old January 17th, 2008, 07:35 PM   #13
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Glasgow wasn't experiencing as strong growth as it it now between 1995 and 2000 ( thats quite a long time ago, Paul ) but it recorded the highest jobs growth of any city outside in 2003 and 2005 ( two of the three years the figures are last available for ). My prefered source is ONS to be honest, I'm sure the BBC are great though. Between 1995 and 2005 though Glasgow stll created more than 73,000 though, so I'm not sure where that article is going to be honest?
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I knew this thread would descend into another lies, damned lies and statistics fest. The next stage is that it'll descend into an argument between our friends from Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool!

I've got a load of info I'll publish here later in the week anyway.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 02:24 PM   #15
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I knew this thread would descend into another lies, damned lies and statistics fest. The next stage is that it'll descend into an argument between our friends from Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool!

I've got a load of info I'll publish here later in the week anyway.
You go for it James. Hopefully you won't be lieing like the rest of us.
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what a stupid thread. well in keeping with City Talk.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 02:44 PM   #17
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Should be pretty acheivable, taking only net jobs growth for the years of 2003 and 2005 Glasgow had a net job creation of over 30,000 jobs ( ONS ). The highest net jobs creation of any city outside London, hmmm, highest office take-up ( KnightFrank ) and highest jobs creation outside London ( ONS ), can't argue with that.
Newcastle had the UK's highest jobs growth outside London between 2003 and 2005, with growth of around 36,000. For the record, London's job growth during this period was 148,000.
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Employment growth in core cities from 1995 to 2005:

London - 714,500
Manchester - 101,700
Sheffield - 73,100
Bristol - 71,200
Newcastle - 69,900
Liverpool - 61,200
Birmingham - 57,900
Leeds - 55,900
Nottingham - 24,100

London down to Leeds showed the 8 highest levels of growth in England during that period, with Nottingham in 19th place.

Source: ONS
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you got a link to that? Seems different to the socd
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you got a link to that? Seems different to the socd
Well it's taken directly from the SOCD, who had sourced it from nomisweb, so you're mistaken.
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