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CITB begins streamlining with HQ switch

The CITB has announced it is now “actively seeking” a new head office location in Peterborough, confirming the move away from Bircham Newton in Norfolk.

The move of its headquarters is part of a restructure announced by the training body in November last year.

Following November’s announcement, local Conservative MP for West Norfolk Sir Henry Bellingham attacked the CITB’s leadership and vowed to block the move.

The organisation said today it will now look for a suitable office space in Peterborough with the view to signing a lease later this year and have completed the move by January 2020.

The CITB said it intended to “maximise the development” of the Bircham Newton site with the aim of leaving a “lasting legacy”.

CITB chief executive Sarah Beale said: “For a number of us who work at the CITB, this change will be a challenge as well as an opportunity.

“Peterborough was selected as the preferred location with colleagues as well as customers in mind, as it offers the greatest potential to reduce redundancies, therefore retaining some talented colleagues, whilst meeting our future needs.

“We will be working with unions and elected employee representatives to ensure their views are heard throughout the change process.”

The restructure at the CITB will also see staff numbers reduced by more than half, according to its Vision 2020 Business Plan.

The training body appointed new chairman Peter Lauener in April this year.

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