HSBC agrees deal with Birmingham Press Club ahead of relocation

HSBC agrees deal with Birmingham Press Club ahead of relocation

HSBC has agreed a three year sponsorship package with Birmingham Press Club, as it is set to become one of the biggest employers in the city.

The two historic institutions –both founded in 1865 – will join forces as the bank’s headquarters relocate from London to Birmingham.

Tim Harrison, HSBC head of communications for UK and Europe, said: “We are delighted to join forces with the historic and thriving Birmingham Press Club.

“HSBC is establishing itself as an integral part of life in the Greater Birmingham region and the Press Club was a natural partner.”

HSBC has announced that it will be locating the national head office of its ring-fenced bank, which will serve its personal and business customers, in a new building at Arena Central in the city centre.

The move will involve relocating some 1,000 roles currently based in London to Birmingham from mid-2017 onwards to join the 2,500 staff already working in Birmingham.

Ed James, chairman of BPC, which is the oldest press club in the world, said: “We are thrilled to become associated with HSBC at a time when they are set to be one of the most important and largest businesses in the region.

“This agreement has secured the club financially for the foreseeable future and means that we can now continue to shape the club to cater for an ever-changing media scene in the city.

“We have many exciting plans, including further strengthening our board of directors.

“Thanks to HSBC’s support, the new partnership will enable us to consolidate and improve our flagship events, the Midlands Media Awards and the Midlands Media Student Awards.

 “On behalf of Club members, I would also like to express our appreciation to the Club’s vice-president, John Lamb, who has been instrumental in establishing links with HSBC.”