Birmingham “talent pool” to Entice Public Sector from London
Birmingham is seeking to entice government and public sector organisations from London with the attraction of its “ready-made talent pool” and cheaper office space.
In the midst of extensive cost-cutting measures imposed by the coalition government, the public sector is undergoing a significant shake-up that could see many departments moving out of London to other parts of the country. Although there are no imminent large-scale relocation plans, the idea has been bubbling under the surface for some time and a move seems likely within the very near future.
It is this notion that prompted a delegation to visit Westminster this week to push the case for moving to Birmingham – the UK’s second city – which has been under consideration since the Lyons Review of 2004.
The case was put forward by Business Birmingham at London’s ‘Government Property Unit – Part Two’.
“Birmingham is becoming the centre for regulatory expertise in the country, which is really good news for us,” said Marek Dobrowolski, according to The Birmingham Post.
“We have a strong skills set around the public sector, including regulatory, commissioning and ombudsman type skills, meaning we are becoming the UK centre of excellence,” he said. “Agencies are looking at that and can see there is a ready-made talent pool.”
Birmingham is increasingly being seen as a major legal stronghold outside of London, supported by the relocation of the Legal Ombudsman’s office, which moved to the city last year, and the future relocation of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Other organisations that have moved to Birmingham in recent years include the Office of the Public Guardian, the Big Lottery Fund, the Local Better Regulation Office, and the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council.
“We have got a significant skills and knowledge base that is attractive to these organisations and added to that we have a very strong legal and financial services sector,” added Mr Dobrowolski.
Among the positives put forward by Business Birmingham are its central location – offering “unparalleled access and connectivity to the rest of the UK” – and high quality office space, which costs less than comparable sites in London – up to 50% less, according to Mr Dobrowolski.
Adding to this, Birmingham is still only 90 minutes from London by train, making it highly accessible for London-based departments.
“If you are going to site a ready-made body anywhere there is no better place to put it than in the heart of the UK,” he added. “When departments and agencies are starting to look around I am sure Birmingham will be one destination they are looking at.”
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