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Weekly reopens town centre office after five years

Journalists have moved into to a new High Street base on their patch after being based in an out-of-town office for the past five years.

Haverhill Echo reporters have been housed in an office at the Castle Manor Academy since their Queen Street headquarters were closed in August 2012.

Now Iliffe Media, which bought both the Echo and the Free Press as part of a £17m deal with Johnston Press earlier this year, has reopened a new office in the centre of the town.

The move is the latest in a series of office reopenings by Iliffe which has also seen the re-opening of the Bury Free Press reception, and new offices opened in King’s Lynn and Spalding.

CXG House, new home of the Haverhill Echo

CXG House, new home of the Haverhill Echo

Two reporters will work permanently from the new Haverhill office at CXG House, while Barry Peters, the group editor responsible for five Iliffe weeklies in Norfolk and Suffolk, will be based there part-time along with advertising staff.

Iliffe is currently in the process of installing Echo signage and branding at CXG House.

Ricky Allan, managing director for Iliffe Media East, said: “Iliffe Media believes in being at the heart of the community as an important investment in local news, to deliver high quality local news that is relevant, useful and entertaining that matters to the community, you must be able to interact in a personable way.

“The footfall in Bury and all other opened offices has been very encouraging and we have received a great deal of praise from local companies and readers as a result.”


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  • August 2, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Good to see a major publisher going back to being based in the local communities and towns they represent rather than pulling out and being centrally based or having staff work ‘remotely’
    looks like IM is making a serious go at becoming the main player in the east

    Good luck to them

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  • August 2, 2017 at 10:50 am

    At last a regional newspaper group that recognises the need for local offices for their titles. So many good stories come in the front door. Well done Ricky Allan and Iliffe Media.

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  • August 2, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Always good to see a big publisher putting value on the local paper being locally based so this has to be good news, too much lip service being paid by others who upsticks and abandon a town yet expect local people to buy the paper and local businesses to advertise with them, such a misguided belief
    Nice one iliffe media, leading the way in the east

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  • August 2, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Well done IM. Reversing the calamatous, crazy deeds of JP.., who could learn a thing or two about local newspapers which they don’t have the first clue about.

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