Monthly Archives: May 2018

Bristol shortlisted for Channel 4’s new HQ

Bristol shortlisted for Channel 4’s new HQ

Bristol is one of seven cities shortlisted by Channel 4 to house their new HQ.

The company wants to move 300 of its 800 staff out of London to a national headquarters and two “creative hubs”. The seven shortlisted locations could house either the national HQ or a creative hub. They are Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and the West Midlands. Six more areas are also in the running, but to be a creative hub only. They are Belfast, Brighton, Newcastle-Gateshead, Nottingham, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent.

More than 30 bids were submitted to the broadcaster from around the UK, currently, Channel 4 has 30 staff based outside London, the majority of whom are sales people located in Manchester, the other staff are located in Glasgow.

Channel 4’s chief commercial officer, Jonathan Allan, who’s leading the pitch process, said they had been “incredibly impressed” by the number of submissions and the “high quality” of the applicants. He said those shortlisted “are best able to meet our vision for our new hubs in the nations and regions”.

The final locations will be revealed in October, with the new headquarters and hubs due to open next year. There are plans for a new studio, which has “the potential to be a base for daily programmes”. The current offices on Horseferry Road in London will remain as the channel’s capital HQ.

Although 300 jobs will move initially, the channel says it wants that number to grow over time. The partial relocation is part of Channel 4’s plan, 4 All the UK, which is described as the biggest structural change to the channel since it launched 35 years ago.

A Celebration of Flowers: Free lunchtime talks at the Guildhall

A Celebration of Flowers: Free lunchtime talks at the Guildhall

Free lunchtime talks, which complement the Victoria Art Gallery’s current exhibition, A Celebration of Flowers: Kaffe Fassett with Candace Bahouth, are being held at the Guildhall, Bath. Experts from different backgrounds will explore the subject of gardens and flowers, and the series, which runs through June, ends with a talk by the artist Candace Bahouth. Councillor… Read More…

Minister talks 5G technology in the West of England

Minister talks 5G technology in the West of England

Minister of State for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James, was in the West of England today to find out more about the region’s strengths in digital and 5G technology. Earlier this year the West of England Combined Authority secured £5 million from government to trial a superfast 5G network at tourist destinations in… Read More…

Bacon stuffed Jacket Spuds

Bacon stuffed Jacket Spuds

There’s nothing quite as warming as a jacket potato and this recipe is just as delicious by scooping out the potato and mixing with bacon, mixed vegetables, and cheese. Yum! Ingredients 4 baking potatoes – large 1 head of broccoli 4 rashers of smoked streaky bacon 1 large onion, very finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, very finely sliced 1 red… Read More…

Plans move forward to boost specialist education places for the West of England

Plans move forward to boost specialist education places for the West of England

Plans to open a new free school to serve South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset took a step forward this week. Learn@ Multi-Academy Trust will now work with all three councils and the Department for Education to progress detailed plans to provide a 136-place school for students aged between 5 and 18… Read More…

Hedgehogs win awards!

Hedgehogs win awards!

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) is delighted to have scooped prestigious accolades at the Charity Film Awards held in London on 11th May.  Their Hedgehog Close film held off fierce competition to be placed silver in their category and honoured with the overall People’s Choice Award. Hedgehog Close was created to spread the word about… Read More…

Join the Hawk Conservancy Trust for Music on the Wing

Join the Hawk Conservancy Trust for Music on the Wing

Join the Hawk Conservancy Trust for a unique summer musical fundraising evening, watch the stunning birds of prey soaring overhead against beautiful skyline accompanied by the London Military Band and enjoy one of the Trust’s ranges of delicious picnics and prosecco with friends and family as the sun goes down. Music on the Wing is on… Read More…

Making time for me

Making time for me

For busy parents who are juggling work and childcare, it can be difficult to set aside time for themselves but when was the last time you really put yourself first and listened to what you wanted? We’re always being told about how important self-care is and though it might seem impossible to carve out a… Read More…

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