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Weekly to move to new office once remote working ends

A weekly newspaper will relocate to a new office at an as-yet unspecificed location once coronavirus restrictions allow.

JPIMedia has confirmed the Derbyshire Times is to leave its home at the Dunston Innovation Centre, pictured below, and relocate elsewhere in Chesterfield.

The current office, the paper’s home since July 2019, will be cleared at the end of the month.

JPIMedia last month revealed a plan to close 11 newspaper offices – citing the increased amount of remote working during the coronavirus lockdown in its decision.


Staff at the Times are currently working from home, but Chesterfield was not among the 11 centres originally slated for closure.

Those set to close were Alnwick, Aylesbury, Banbury, Berwick, Coleraine, Louth, Mansfield, Melton Mowbray, Selkirk, Stornoway and Sleaford.

In a message to staff at the time, JPIMedia chief executive David King said: “We continue to recognise the benefits of face to face contact with colleagues and others – sharing ideas and training amongst others.

“Retaining the benefits of this after the restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic recede will be important and we will look at ways in which regular face to face team meetings can be facilitated in order to support collaboration and innovation among colleagues.

“In our recent pulse survey many of you expressed your preference for an increased element of working from home, while some prefer to have access to an office.

“The interests of our employees are a key consideration in this process and we will begin consultations with staff today in the locations being considered for closure.”