Post & Mail on the move

Birm­ing­ham news­pa­pers to re­turn to heart of city

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Paul Cole Print Ed­i­tor paul.cple@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE Birm­ing­ham Post is mov­ing back to where it be­longs in the heart of the Sec­ond City. This news­pa­per – along with its sis­ter ti­tles the Birm­ing­ham Mail and Sun­day Mer­cury – is to move to a new base at Em­bassy House in Church Street, in the city’s Col­more busi­ness dis­trict.

Jour­nal­ists will trans­fer from the cur­rent Fort Dunlop head­quar­ters where the they have been based since 2008.

It will be only the fourth home in a cen­tury for the news­pa­pers which were based in Can­non Street and New Street un­til 1964.

They then moved to the cus­tombuilt Post & Mail House in Col­more Cir­cus in 1964 be­fore the move out to the iconic Fort Dunlop build­ing be­sides the M6 in 2008.

The re­lo­ca­tion to Em­bassy House by the end of the year will place the pa­pers closer to the busi­ness and re­tail districts and bur­geon­ing night­time econ­omy which have seen un­prece­dented growth in re­cent years.

“This move has been long over­due,” said Birm­ing­ham Post and Mail ed­i­tor-in-chief Marc Reeves.

“It will en­able our jour­nal­ists to spend more time on the beat, gath- er­ing sto­ries and meet­ing con­tacts. Birm­ing­ham, and in par­tic­u­lar the city cen­tre, has seen huge growth in re­cent years so it’s great to know we will be back in the core of the ac­tion and bet­ter able to cover the key news events af­fect­ing our read­ers.

“It will also help our busi­ness teams ce­ment their re­la­tion­ships with ad­ver­tis­ers and en­able them to reach their key au­di­ences through our print and dig­i­tal prod­ucts and events.

“Our in­dus­try-lead­ing on­line growth has trans­formed the Post & Mail into a true dig­i­tal me­dia busi­ness.

“Along­side the of­fice move, we are also plan­ning some in­no­va­tive and ground-break­ing changes to our on­line pres­ence which will see us lead­ing the way for re­gional pub­lish­ers in the UK.”

Em­bassy House has a her­itage dat­ing back to 1899 but now boasts a mod­ern glass-walled tower and state-of-the-art of­fices.

It rubs shoul­ders with Miche­lin­starred Pur­nell’s, the restaurant owned and run by top chef Glynn Pur­nell next door to the of­fice’s Corn­wall Street frontage.

Sit­u­ated at the heart of Birm­ing­ham’s com­mer­cial hub, Em­bassy House ben­e­fits from its lo­ca­tion within the busi­ness dis­trict – an area that is al­ready home to over 500 com­pa­nies.

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Birm­ing­ham Post & Mail ed­i­tor-in-chief Marc Reeves out­side the new of­fice at Em­bassy House, in Church Street

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