Communications giant plans relocation to Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 18:32 05 September 2011




STAFF at a global communications company could be relocating to Hatfield.

Pitney Bowes, the American customer communications management company, is considering shifting 450 employees to Times Territory from its current UK base in Harlow.

The proposal comes after a review of the company’s offices revealed it would cost $44m to bring it into line with local building standards.

Unable to identify suitable alternative accommodation in Harlow, the firm has suggested moving 200 of its 650 staff to smaller premises in the town, while relocating the rest to an as-yet unknown site in Hatfield.

Patrick Jelly, Pitney Bowes’ UK managing director, said: “After so many years based in Harlow we had hoped to find suitable premises close by but this proved impossible given our space requirements.

“However, we still aim to remain a major employer in the town.

“With respect to those employees that we are proposing to relocate out of the immediate Harlow area, it is our intention to retain as many of those individuals as possible and we are embarking on a period of consultation with employees and their representatives to ensure that this is the case.”

Pitney Bowes has occupied the Pinnacles site in Harlow for almost 50 years. Globally, the firm boasts a turnover of $6.3billion, and employs more than 36,000 people worldwide.

Hatfield borough and town councillor Kim Langely welcomed the proposals.

“Any company that comes and has a look at Hatfield and sees the potential is making the best business decision ever,” she said.

“We’re so close to London, and we have routes that take you all over the country. We also have fantastic people you can employ.”

But the potential relocation has been met with dismay by residents of Harlow, with both Harlow Council and MP Robert Halfon promising to help the company find suitable accommodation in the town.

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