Campus is just the job for Sky

David Fletcher, Director of Business Investment at Creativesheffield; Rob Sargent, Sky's new Customer Operations Manager in Sheffield; Cllr Paul Scriven, Leader of Sheffield City Council; and Ann Allen, Business Investment Manager at Creativesheffield.
David Fletcher, Director of Business Investment at Creativesheffield; Rob Sargent, Sky's new Customer Operations Manager in Sheffield; Cllr Paul Scriven, Leader of Sheffield City Council; and Ann Allen, Business Investment Manager at Creativesheffield.
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SKY has revealed the location for its new Sheffield base - which will create 500 jobs.

The company is becoming the second major tenant at Ventana House, part of the Sheffield Digital Campus, off Sheaf Street, after law firm Kennedys moved in last year.

Sky is renting 23,577 sq ft of office space, almost half of the 50,000 sq ft building.

The agreement to move into the premises was agreed after negotiations between Sky, city development agency Creative Sheffield, Sheffield Council, agents Knight Frank and building owner, GMI Property Company.

Ann Allen, business investment manager at Creative Sheffield, said: “Sky is a great name to be moving into Sheffield’s Digital Campus and will really complement the other creative, digital and new media companies who already operate there.

“The brand will also help to elevate the profile of the campus to attract further investment to the city. Sky has made a significant investment in Sheffield, which is fantastic news.”

Sky’s customer operations manager, Rob Sargent, who will run the centre, said: “As a local I’m very excited to have been appointed for this role and can’t wait to get into the new Sky offices at Ventana House and start work.

“Sheffield is a great city with loads of talented people who we are keen to employ.”

Sky is now actively recruiting for the centre, currently concentrating on the 50 managerial posts which range from customer experience managers and leaders to office manager and trainer and coaching positions.

The bulk of the customer advisor recruitment starts in April for around 450 multi-skilled positions, with the centre becoming operational in June 2011.

Coun Paul Scriven, Sheffield Council leader, said: “Private sector growth is key to Sheffield’s economic future and it’s great to see the city’s digital sector continuing to blossom.

“This significant investment and the fantastic number of jobs that it will bring with it is a result of our hard work to attract major international players like Sky to Sheffield.”

n Visit www.workforsky.com for details of recruitment.