Green light for firm’s move to city’s out­skirts

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS - By TOM GIB­BON

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We are very pleased that the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been ap­proved This is an ex­cit­ing mo­ment for us in the de­liv­ery of our long-term am­bi­tions. Mark Hews

ONE of Glouces­ter’s big­gest busi­nesses will leave its city cen­tre head­quar­ters for pur­pose-built of­fices on the out­skirts.

In­sur­ance and fi­nan­cial ser­vices firm Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal, based in Bruns­wick Road, will re­lo­cate to Glouces­ter Busi­ness Park in Brock­worth where a new home will be built for them.

The plan was an­nounced in Oc­to­ber and Tewkes­bury Bor­ough Coun­cil ap­proved plans sub­mit­ted by the park’s own­ers Ar­ling­ton.

The new of­fice will pro­vide the com­pany with a ‘modern and flex­i­ble work­ing en­vi­ron­ment’ with suf­fi­cient park­ing for em­ploy­ees and visi­tors and will ac­com­mo­date all of the firm’s Glouces­ter-based em­ploy­ees.

Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal, which has been based in Glouces­ter since the 1970s, has strong links to the city and is com­mit­ted to re­main­ing in the Glouces­ter area, a spokesman said.

The lease on its cur­rent of­fices is due to ex­pire at the end of 2020.

Mark Hews, group chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal In­sur­ance, said: “We are very pleased that the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been ap­proved.

“This is an ex­cit­ing mo­ment for us in the de­liv­ery of our long-term ambi- tions. The new site will pro­vide modern ac­com­mo­da­tion for our col­leagues, pro­vid­ing them with an en­vi­ron­ment where they can thrive.

“As one of the county’s big­gest em­ploy­ers we want to com­mit our fu­ture to Glouces­ter­shire and we will main­tain our strong links to Glouces­ter through our nu­mer­ous part­ner­ships and char­i­ta­ble projects.”

Now plan­ning per­mis­sion has been ap­proved, the in­surer ex­pects the build­ing to be com­pleted dur­ing 2020 with the move to take place be­fore the end of that year. tom.gob­[email protected]­plc.com

Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal’s of­fices in Bruns­wick Square

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