Book-publishing giant to open office in Sheffield – the ‘city of storytellers’



It is one of five new national offices that the publisher will open across the country over the next three months, the others being in Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

A spokesperson said: ‘The office openings will see nearly 60 London-based employees relocate across the UK, after previous plans were put on hold due to the pandemic.

“Relocated staff will come from various roles and divisions within the publishing group, with the goal of having at least 100 people relocated by 2022. Hachette UK has also started recruiting locally as part of its commitment to forging close ties with locals. talent and diversifying its workforce.

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The office will open in September, with seven Hachette UK employees moving into offices in a flexible coworking building at The Workstation. The office is headed by Sarah Castleton, editorial director of Little, Brown.

Ms Castleton said: “I grew up in Sheffield devouring the contents of the Central Library.

“I have worked as a publisher in London for over two decades now and if you had told me just a few years ago that our industry would take active steps to decentralize, encourage, embrace and learn from the great wealth of regional talent, voice and experience, I would have been skeptical.

“So, of course, I am proud to be at the start of this journey with Hachette UK. It’s a homecoming for me but more importantly, I hope it will be a continued and fruitful awakening for our company.

“Sheffield is a city of storytellers – writers, poets, lyricists, teachers – with a rich, vibrant, diverse and radical cultural arts sector.

“I look forward to meeting the people who make things happen, sharing ideas and stories, and investing in the life of this brilliant city, putting books at the heart of the matter. “



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