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American Express plan to move staff from Brighton to Burgess Hill

The Argus: American Express plan to move staff from Brighton to Burgess Hill American Express plan to move staff from Brighton to Burgess Hill

One of the city’s largest employers is planning to move staff out of town.

American Express has signed a new lease on its former site in Burgess Hill.

Staff from American Express’s European headquarters in 1 John Street, Brighton, will move into Sussex House, in Burgess Hill in 2015.

Bosses at the giant finance firm have yet to decide how many people will re-locate from Brighton or how many new jobs will be created.

The Burgess Hill was vacated two years ago and staff moved temporarily to Brighton.

A spokesperson for the firm said: “American Express can confirm that a new lease has been signed for the office in Burgess Hill and that a full refurbishment of the building will begin in the near future, with a view to repopulating the building in 2015.

“The Sussex House employees, who have temporarily relocated to Brighton, will move back into the building when the refurbishment is completed.”

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8:46am Thu 23 Jan 14

Iain Holder says...

The headline is a bit link-baity.

Shouldn't it be something more like:

American Express plan to move staff from Brighton *back* to Burgess Hill.

?

The headline as it is will cause concern about jobs in Brighton and what's worse, I think you knew that.
The headline is a bit link-baity. Shouldn't it be something more like: American Express plan to move staff from Brighton *back* to Burgess Hill. ? The headline as it is will cause concern about jobs in Brighton and what's worse, I think you knew that. Iain Holder
  • Score: 31

8:55am Thu 23 Jan 14

DC Brighton says...

Iain Holder wrote:
The headline is a bit link-baity.

Shouldn't it be something more like:

American Express plan to move staff from Brighton *back* to Burgess Hill.

?

The headline as it is will cause concern about jobs in Brighton and what's worse, I think you knew that.
Couldn't agree more! Some staff relocated while the office was revamped and now they are moving back. Is this a story at all?
[quote][p][bold]Iain Holder[/bold] wrote: The headline is a bit link-baity. Shouldn't it be something more like: American Express plan to move staff from Brighton *back* to Burgess Hill. ? The headline as it is will cause concern about jobs in Brighton and what's worse, I think you knew that.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more! Some staff relocated while the office was revamped and now they are moving back. Is this a story at all? DC Brighton
  • Score: 20

9:01am Thu 23 Jan 14

kopite_rob says...

Not exactly sure what angle the Argus was trying to take on this, but it's no great surprise.
However staff are not moving from 1 John Street to Sussex House.
Sussex House was closed for a refit and the staff relocated to Edward Street which was vacated after the opening of 1 John Street.
The relocated staff can't stay in Edward Street as it's due for demolition and the plan always was for them to return to Sussex House.
As for the question of how many staff, like all businesses Amex is constantly looking for productivity improvement through technologies and economies of scale and as such there will always be a natural headcount reduction to reduce both business and consumer costs.
But as the Argus has been obsessed with reporting the failures of B&H council for the last few years perhaps the revelation that a business can actually run better & cheaper with fewer staff is too much of shock to comprehend.
Not exactly sure what angle the Argus was trying to take on this, but it's no great surprise. However staff are not moving from 1 John Street to Sussex House. Sussex House was closed for a refit and the staff relocated to Edward Street which was vacated after the opening of 1 John Street. The relocated staff can't stay in Edward Street as it's due for demolition and the plan always was for them to return to Sussex House. As for the question of how many staff, like all businesses Amex is constantly looking for productivity improvement through technologies and economies of scale and as such there will always be a natural headcount reduction to reduce both business and consumer costs. But as the Argus has been obsessed with reporting the failures of B&H council for the last few years perhaps the revelation that a business can actually run better & cheaper with fewer staff is too much of shock to comprehend. kopite_rob
  • Score: 7

11:49am Thu 23 Jan 14

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

Is that the Maj Tahal by any chance, according to some local authority workers?
Is that the Maj Tahal by any chance, according to some local authority workers? Tailgaters Anonymous
  • Score: 0

12:52pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Wiggsy says...

"The Burgess Hill was vacated two years ago and staff moved temporarily to Brighton."

Fine piece of proof reading once again.
"The Burgess Hill was vacated two years ago and staff moved temporarily to Brighton." Fine piece of proof reading once again. Wiggsy
  • Score: 5

6:53pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Brighton Living says...

There goes another one from Brighton.
There goes another one from Brighton. Brighton Living
  • Score: -6

9:48pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Tussle says...

Total non-story from The Argus again.
Total non-story from The Argus again. Tussle
  • Score: 2

11:00pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Brightonian_NL says...

Not really a story

Staff from Burgess Hill had been moved to Edward Street (the old Amex building). In Edward Street there is also staff from another Brighton location which is being renovated and staff from abroad who are being trained.

This will be the situation for the next 3-4 years minimum i expect. After that the staff will go back to either the other Brighton office, Burgess Hill, London (Belgrave House) or there respective locations abroad. 1 John Street is not full (by far) but like it has been mentioned about, AMEX is always working to be as productive as possible (cost effective)
Not really a story Staff from Burgess Hill had been moved to Edward Street (the old Amex building). In Edward Street there is also staff from another Brighton location which is being renovated and staff from abroad who are being trained. This will be the situation for the next 3-4 years minimum i expect. After that the staff will go back to either the other Brighton office, Burgess Hill, London (Belgrave House) or there respective locations abroad. 1 John Street is not full (by far) but like it has been mentioned about, AMEX is always working to be as productive as possible (cost effective) Brightonian_NL
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