Posted by Zoe Boddy-McEwen

Posted 31 October, 2014 OBI NEWS

Elliot HouseGREATER Manchester Chamber of Commerce is to move to a new base on Deansgate.

The business support and lobbying organisation has taken 8,742 sq ft at Bruntwood’s revamped Elliot House in a move to accommodate its growing team.

The relocation is expected to be complete before Christmas and the Chamber’s finance director Mike Mason, who has led the project said: “These are exciting times for Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.  As an organisation over the last two years we’ve grown from a company employing fewer than 15 staff to one which employs well over 50 – prompting the need for larger premises. 

“The company expansion has been due – in large part – to a significant increase in our activities – not least in the successful management of a major Employer Ownership of Skills programme, expansion of our international trade activities and significant additional membership services.

“Crucially the new building will also allow us to create a Members Area – something which we’ve previously been unable to offer, due to lack of space.” 

Built in 1878, Elliot House was the home of the Manchester Education Committee and later the Manchester Registry Office. The Grade II-listed building takes its name from John Kenneth Elliot, who was Manchester’s chief education officer from 1955 to 1968.

Bruntwood invested more than £2.5m in the building in 2013 and instructed OBI Property to act as leasing consultants for the building.