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Midlands weeklies move to new town base after 25 years

A group of weekly newspapers in the West Midlands have left their base of 25 years after it was judged too large for the current workforce.

The Stourbridge News and its sister titles the Halesowen News and Dudley News have moved to a new 2,700 square foot suite at Copthall House, an office block in the town which has recently undergone a £150,000 refit.

The News had been based at St John’s House, St John’s Road, Stourbridge, since 1993, but publisher Newsquest decided to look for another base in the town after deciding it needed less space.

Newsquest is one of two new tenants in the newly refurbished building, pictured below, which is a short walk from Stourbridge town centre.

Head of media sales Rachel Hudson told the Express & Star: “As the world of publishing has changed so dramatically over the last decade or so Newsquest found ourselves leasing a building that was far too large for the current workforce.

“On looking for a more suitable office space we felt it was important to remain in Stourbridge having been in St Johns House on the Ring Road for over 25 years.

“We therefore viewed the suite at Copthall House due to its ideal location, this was before the refurbishment had taken place, so a little imagination was needed, however the decision was made to go ahead.

“We are now finally relocated in our fabulous, re-fitted, modern office and everyone seems delighted with their new ‘home'”


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  • December 3, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Presumably the ones that are “delighted ” are the ones that are left following another round of redundancy

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  • December 4, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    When I started work in the riotous, irreverent, gloriously cynical newsroom on the first floor of St John’s House as a newly-pre qualified journalist in 1997, I presumed every office I would work in during my life would be the same. I could not have been more mistaken. Working for just £4.87 per week as a trainee Newsquest reporter had its hardships, but in many ways they were glorious, glorious days.

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  • December 4, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Be glad you are still in town. So many papers, not just this group, have closed local offices and it really shows in their shallow coverage from 20 miles or more away.

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