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Telecoms giant confirms two Scottish offices in future plans



BT has committed to a multi-million-pound refurbishment of its flagship Glasgow office as part of the firm’s plans to streamline from 300 bases UK-wide to 30.

The telecoms giant also confirmed Dundee as one of its key locations and is looking into moving to a new office in the city. It has described its revamped offices as 5G-enabled “workplaces of the future” with built-in mobile connectivity.

BT said hundreds of staff from across the group, including digital network business Openreach, will join the existing workforce of 1000 at Alexander Bain House on the Clydeside over the next few years.

BT says its five-year Better Workplace Programme will consolidate the firm’s estate into 30 modernised sites, including corporate offices and contact centres.

Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “It’s great news that Glasgow has been chosen as a key operational location for BT. We’re pleased that a large company such as BT is continuing to invest in Glasgow and modernising its office space in the centre of the city.

“The expansion of their business is good news for sustainable jobs, for the city and the wider economy – particularly at a time when we are working hard to secure Glasgow’s economic recovery from Covid-19.”

BT says it will work with partners in Dundee, including the city council, to review opportunities.

John Alexander, leader of Dundee City Council, said: “We will be working closely with BT, who are one of Dundee’s largest employers, on a range of topics to help the company develop its plans. I am delighted that BT has now confirmed that Dundee will be one of its key locations.

“Our focus is on supporting companies who want to invest in high quality jobs, skills and training, particularly in the growing digital economy that BT underpins and especially at this difficult time during Covid-19, it’s great to see a commitment to investment and employment from this announcement.”

Other locations confirmed as part of BT’s plans include Edinburgh, Birmingham, London, Manchester, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, and Ipswich. The transformation is expected to be completed by 2024.

Jane Wood, BT Group director, Scotland, said: “This is a real sign of BT’s continued commitment to Scotland. Although many of us have been working from home successfully over the past few months, we also know that modern office environments are vital.

“I’m so pleased we are able to announce this investment and expansion at a time when it’s more important than ever to demonstrate our confidence in Scotland’s ability to make a sustainable recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Graeme Paton, BT’s managing director, property and facility services, said: “Our new and refurbished office locations in Scotland will bring our people together in impressive and modern environments, transforming the way we work. Our colleagues will benefit from working in future-fit offices.”



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