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University network creates 70 jobs in Brighton - with more to come
A global education company has created 70 jobs in the county and is looking to hire more staff. INTO University Partnerships, the higher education partnering organisation, is moving its group
headquarters to Brighton.
The move, which took place yesterday, will bring staff based in London and other areas of the UK together with existing employees in the city. The company works with universities to improve access to world-class higher education.
The fast-growing organisation has formed partnerships with some of the UK’s leading universities, investing almost £340 million and creating more than 1,000 jobs.
John Sykes, INTO’s group managing director, said: “Brighton is an ideal location for a business like ours. We depend on high quality, well-educated staff with a passion for excellence.
“We have already created more than 70 jobs in the area. We anticipate generating more jobs in Brighton and Sussex in the coming months and look forward to becoming even more active members of the regional business community.”
Tony Mernagh, executive director at the Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, said it is encouraging to see a company locating to the city with a core business in the education sector as it is one of the city’s strongest, but often overlooked “exports”.
He said: “It’s great news because we have to generate at least 6,000 new jobs over the next two years just to stand still and that doesn’t take into account any further ravages of the ongoing recession – just population growth.
“Another interesting facet of the story is that the owner of One Gloucester Place, where INTO are locating, spent millions of pounds upgrading the building to not only Grade A office space but with a very good sustainability rating.
“The city needs a lot more Grade A space and the Economic Partnership is particularly keen to encourage this sort of investment in existing office stock.
“It is particularly gratifying to see a property owner reap the benefits of going that bit further by not just refurbishing but doing so to a standard that enhances the building’s environmental credentials in a city that aspires to be greenest in the UK.”
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