Greater Manchester’s Chamber of Commerce is on the move and is relocating its offices to a brand new headquarters that offers three times more office space.
Manchester’s business organisation will be moving to Elliot House in Deansgate into an office taking up 9,000 square feet of space. It marks a big upgrade from its previous base, the 3,000 square foot offices of Churchgate House in Oxford Street.
Churchgate House has been home to the Chamber since 1983, but has been replaced following two years of rapid expansion, meaning the move was a necessity.
Mike Mason, Finance Director at the Chamber, explained that it is the company’s rapid growth over the last two years that has prompted the need for new office space in Manchester city centre. This growth is highlighted by Mason, who reveals that prior to the expansion, fewer than 15 staff members were employed by the firm. Today, this number stands at more than 50.
Mason also gives the reasons behind the expansion, stating that a “significant increase in activities” has led to the need for growth. These include the successful management of several programmes and additional membership services.
The new Elliot House premises will allow the Chamber to create a Members Area, something that could not be offered in Churchgate due to a lack of available space.
It is expected that the Chamber staff will be able to move into the company’s new Deansgate premises in December this year, just in time for Christmas.