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Bid to get Channel 4 to set up home in Leamington

Ian Hughes 20th Apr, 2018

CHANNEL 4 is moving out of London and council chiefs are urging bosses to set up home in Leamington.

The broadcaster is looking to relocate its headquarters and also set up two hubs at different locations in the UK.

Local authorities have the opportunity to bid to host the HQ or one of the hubs, and Warwick District Council plans to put in a bid for a hub in Leamington.

Council leader Andrew Mobbs said: “I have been working in the background with senior officers for some time and met with Channel 4 last year.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our district, but we are entering a highly competitive process against bids from throughout the country.

“I believe that a hub, as part of our Creative Quarter initiative, would be a wonderful addition to our already strong presence as a centre of digital and creative excellence.

“We are enthusiastic about this as it confirms the value we place on this sector’s contribution to the local economy. This also demonstrates our ambitions not only as a forward thinking council but also for the future success of the local business economy in our district.”

Officers are now working with local organisations to produce the council’s bid to be submitted by May 11.

The bid will focus on the benefits of being based in the regency riverside town, at the heart of the country, with a successful digital creative economy which has seen the town dubbed ‘Silicon Spa’.

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