The government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced to create a new hub in Manchester. Hence, this will be the largest CMS hub outside London. Moreover, the new hub in Marble Street will create 400 new jobs.

Expansion of Culture Department across UK

The culture department is expanding its presence across various locations in UK. Hence, its staff will be based in Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Loughborough and Darlington. Around 200 workers will also move to a North East hub at The Darlington Economic Campus. Moreover, the Darlington Economic Campus is a new shred site in the North East for the Treasury, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the Department for Education.

22,000 government roles to move out of London

The Manchester headquarter will contain the head office for Building Digital UK (BDUK). This Manchester HQ creation comes as part of government plans to relocate 22,000 civil service positions out of London by 2030. “The days of London-centric decision making belong in the past. It’s an exciting time for DCMS as we expand our regional offices and tap into a more diverse talent pool. Our strength comes from our people and this will allow us to recruit the best, wherever they may be, to deliver the wide range of DCMS policies which drive growth and enrich lives all over the UK”. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said in her statement.

Manchester’s leadership welcomed the news

Manchester leaders welcomed the news of establishment of new hub. “This is welcome news. Not only is it a reflection of Manchester’s role as a northern epicenter for culture, media and sport – and our thriving tech sector – it is also a move which should help stimulate further innovation and investment in the city and beyond. The city is at the heart of a huge and diverse talent pool and tapping into will benefit the Government as well as bringing hundreds of jobs and other opportunities here”. Councilor Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council expressed his views in a statement.

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    The move follows the government’s publication of its Levelling Up White Paper . Thus, the paper outlined its ambition to create jobs across the UK. The city region of Manchester is a fast growing digital and technical hub of Europe.

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