Telecom giants TalkTalk have announced plans to move their national headquarters from London, into Salford, creating hundreds of new job opportunities in the city.
The move is the second of its kind in recent years, with TalkTalk choosing Salford for the home of its technology and business teams in 2017, relocating from Warrington.
On the HQ move, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett welcomed the move: “Salford is already home to the second largest cluster of digital businesses outside London and the city is working hard to grow the digital skills and talent for the future.
“TalkTalk relocating their headquarters and executive team here and creating hundreds of new, high quality, technical, digital jobs speaks volumes for the success of our investment in a digital future.”
The move is a huge positive for Salford following the decision by Channel 4 last month to refer Leeds over Salford for its headquarters. The choice of TalkTalk shows the continued growth of Salford and its media industry, despite losing out to the TV broadcaster.
Salford MP Rebecca Long-Bailey also spoke of her delight at the move and the new opportunities it will create for Salford.
“Following the success stories of leading businesses moving to Salford, it’s great to hear the news that TalkTalk will be doing the same in moving their headquarters to the city from London.
“By linking up with the company’s technology and business office which opened in Salford in 2017, I hope the move will open up opportunities for Salford residents.
“This announcement provides further evidence that businesses can find success and growth outside of London, provide investment to the area, and job opportunities for people here in Salford.”
TalkTalk had recently posted pre-tax losses of £4 million, however they will hope that the move away from the Capital and to Salford will help boost profits and reduce costs.
Chief Executive of TalkTalk, Tristia Harrison said: “We’ve always had a base in the North West, but we want to build on that heritage and create a world-class campus for the whole business.
“As with any change, we are committed to supporting all of our colleagues during this transition period.”
The firm have also confirmed that the relocation will create a number of graduate and apprentice positions. This will be great news to students based at the University of Salford’s MediaCityUK campus, based just a stones throw from the planned new HQ.
It has not been said yet when the planned move will take place.