JPIMedia is set to review the future of five of its offices in a move that could see newsrooms merged or relocated, it has emerged.
The regional publisher, which took over the titles previously owned by Johnston Press after it went into administration, revealed the proposed review in an email sent to staff this afternoon by chief executive David King, left.
The offices under review are in Belfast, Peterborough, Sunderland, Harrogate and London’s Cavendish Square.
At the same time, the company has confirmed to staff that it intends to keep its offices in Leeds, Edinburgh, Preston and Sheffield, as well as London’s Derry Street, where the i newspaper is based, and Stamford, where the company’s payroll department is based.
HTFP understands options on the table include relocating staff working at the offices to new premises or “consolidating” different offices on a single site.
Mr King said: “As a result of this review, certain offices could be relocated or consolidated with others to ensure with optimise our property footprint.”
The full text of the email is below.
As you may be aware, all our offices are currently rented from commercial landlords under what is called a licence to occupy (LTO). The Johnston Press lease on all leased offices did not transition over when the business was bought by JPIMedia, which offers us an opportunity to review the agreements in a number of locations.
As a result of this review, certain offices could be relocated or consolidated with others to ensure we optimise our property footprint. The interests of our employees, as well as the future of our titles, will be a key consideration in this process. While many staff will not be affected, we will ensure that we engage with those that are.
Our recent acquisition by JPIMedia has secured the business, provided stability to our financial position and ensured that our operations have continued unaffected, allowing us to carry on publishing our titles without interruption. We already operate agile working in many parts of the business. By aligning agile working with the review of our property portfolio, it will help us to sustain jobs and titles for the future.
The review is in progress. At this point, I am able to confirm it is our intention to retain the following offices:
London – Derry Street (the i)
Print sites (Carn, Hilsea and Dinnington)
*We will be reviewing our space requirements in both Leeds and Edinburgh
We are currently reviewing our space requirements in the following locations as a priority:
London – Cavendish Square
We may seek to move into new offices, reduce the space we occupy or consolidate with other offices as appropriate. We will continue to occupy all other sites whilst we assess our needs and will engage with staff locally and establish the best way of operating for them and our operations and titles.
I ask that you continue to remain patient with me and the new board as we seek to achieve the best solutions for the business and our employees. We will continue to communicate with you throughout this process and keep you fully informed.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or feedback, please email these to firstname.lastname@example.org.