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'Priority must be given to find tenants for Britannia House in Leek' says Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley following closure announcement

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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THE Co-operative Bank has announced that Britannia House in Cheadle Road in Leek is to close.

Three hundred employees at the building will be transferred to Newton House on the opposite side of the road

A Co-op spokesman said: “Following a review of our two premises in Leek, we have taken the decision to base all colleagues working in the town in our building at Newton House and to exit the Britannia House site.

“This decision has been taken to ensure that the Bank is making best use of its office space in Leek.

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“Approximately 300 colleagues will move to the Newton House building over the coming months. The Bank will work with those colleagues impacted to keep any disruption to a minimum as a result of the move and this will have no impact on our customers.

“We will be working closely with the local authority regarding potential options for the future of the site.

“Leek remains an important site to our business and is the centre of excellence for our mortgages and savings operations.”

Staffordshire Moorlands MP, Karen Bradley, said it was now a priority to find tenants for Britannia House.

She said: “I was not at all surprised to see the Co-op’s announcement that they are moving from Britannia House to Newton House, as it has been obvious for a while that this has been the direction of travel. Operations have been significantly ramped up at Newton House recently, so I trust that the transition will be relatively smooth.

“Hopefully this news will put an end to all the uncertainty surrounding the Co-op in the Moorlands and we can now get back to business as usual after a very turbulent time.

“Our priority now should be to find good tenants to move into Britannia House to make sure that the surrounding area keeps its vibrancy and acts as a magnet for new jobs.”

Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Sybil Ralphs, said her authority would work closely with the Co-operative Bank over the future of the site

Ms Ralphs said: “This is devastating news, but not unexpected. We as an authority will be working as close as possible with the Co-operative Bank to minimise the effect on the town to be as least as possible. We shall also be looking at the future

Leek town mayor John Fisher said the news was a sad day for Leek.

He said: “This has not come as a great surprise. I am glad the Co-operative Bank will still have a sizeable presents in the town and will remain a significant employer.

“I now hope the premises will be well marketed and another sizeable employer will take over the building.”

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