BT to close offices in more than 270 UK locations


Decision comes as telecoms company looks to cut £1.5bn in costs

BT is to shut offices in more than 270 locations across the UK as the telecoms company seeks to cut £1.5bn in costs.

The company is to cut the number of locations across the UK where it has offices to 30, a reduction of more than 90% in its UK property footprint.

It has announced that the first eight locations for its UK workforce, which is being whittled down to about 75,000, will be London, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Bristol, Ipswich and Birmingham. BT says these are “key locations” for the group to maintain a presence.

BT said that choosing sites in all four home nations is a “clear signal that BT is committed to the whole of the UK”. Under the workplace consolidation programme, which is expected to be completed by 2023, some existing BT buildings will be refurbished while others will be new offices.

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