Publisher starts a new chapter with its first Yorkshire office

Book publisher Hachette UK has confirmed it will open a new office in Sheffield this September.

It is part of a programme of office openings for the company, which will also launch additional bases in Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Edinburgh over the next three months.

The office openings will see nearly 60 London-based staff relocate across the UK, after earlier plans were put on hold as a result of the pandemic.

Those relocating will be from a variety of roles and divisions across the publishing group, with the aim of having at least a hundred staff relocating by 2022.

Hachette UK has also started recruiting locally as part of its commitment to forging close links with local talent and diversifying its workforce.

When the Sheffield office opens, a team of seven will have dedicated office space within a flexible co-working building at The Workstation, in a move led by Sarah Castleton, editorial director at Little, Brown.

David Shelley, CEO of Hachette UK, said: “I am really excited about our national offices, which I hope will provide a gateway into creative talent – authors, illustrators, translators, publishing professionals – around the UK.

“We are ambitious for these offices’ growth and development over the coming years, and we really look forward to working closely with bookshops, libraries, arts organisations and charities in all the cities in which we will be based.

“I hope it will be a transformative venture for our publishing and widen our horizons in all sorts of exciting new ways.”

Nick Davies, managing director at John Murray Press, commented: “We’re very excited to be opening our five new offices finally, after the various delays of the last 18 months.

“This first phase is about staff relocating, embedding the offices in their new communities and getting closer to local readers, writers and booksellers.

“But it’s the second phase, where we look to grow these offices by hiring from more diverse talent pools across the country, that’s the really exciting, game-changing moment.

“We are already advertising on a national level. Following one recent job ad, 60% of the longlist applied to work from one of our five national offices, so the appetite is clearly there.”