More civil service jobs could be on their way to Coventry – according to one of the men responsible for relocating Government bodies and departments.
Stuart Ladds, the relocation programme manager for the Office of Government Commerce, said Coventry has the potential to attract further relocations out of London after a number of previous successes, including the QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority).
He was speaking at a Coventry City Council seminar at the Ricoh Arena and said the city had worked hard to sell itself as a key location for business after the Lyons Review stated that more civil service jobs should be moved out of London to the regions.
He said: “The QCA has had only good things to say about the positive approach of Coventry City Council and the expert support that they received from them. By 2010 I predict that Coventry will be in the top five for government relocations.”
Coventry is undergoing £9.4 billion worth of regeneration. This includes the QCA’s headquarters at Earlsdon Park which will create 550 new jobs.
Leader of Coventry City Council, Coun Ken Taylor, said: “We believe that we are the obvious choice for government relocations out of London so I was delighted that so many key people attended our event and showed an interest in Coventry.
“We believe that the business case for relocating here is clear and the key names that have already chosen to come here are proof that business believes in us too.
“We offer an unrivalled level of advice and support and I believe that it’s this that gives us the edge and makes us stand out from the crowd. We will continue to attract new investors, to provide opportunities for local people and to create a city that everyone can be proud of.”
Andrew Hall, the director of Strategic Resource Management for the QCA, said: “People often ask us: why Coventry? Had it not been for the Lyons Review then we probably would have stayed in London.
“But having to relocate, Coventry was the ideal location for us. It’s probably the best connected city in the country in terms of transport and we forecast that we will make significant business cost savings.
“But relocation is as much about people, as it is about these factors. We are finding that the pool of skills in Coventry is excellent and that for each post we’ve advertised there have been around 30 applications.’’