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PEEL HOLDINGS SEEKS £1BILLION FOR MEDIACITYUK SALFORD
 

Star date: 16th February 2015

ANYONE WITH A SPARE £1BILLION TO HELP OUT PEEL HOLDINGS?

Peel Holdings, already subsidised with £millions from public funds, is currently enlisting the Government to hold out the cap and play the sad violin, as it looks for £1billion of investment for its next phase of MediaCity UK. The Government's Regeneration Investment Organisation website is currently pushing the `opportunity for investors' with `local government incentives'.

Meanwhile the lack of jobs for Salford people at the BBC is continuing, according to Freedom of Information figures obtained by the Salford Star.

Full details here...


Roll up...roll up...Anyone with a spare £1billion in their back pocket can now be a partner with Peel Holdings, building the next phase of MediaCityUK.

The Government's Regeneration Investment Organisation website is currently pushing an `investment opportunity' for Phase 2 of MediaCityUK - a `110 acre mixed use site that will include: 2.3m sq ft offices, 1,036 residential units, 278,000 sq ft hotel, 87,000 sq ft local retail, 27,000 sq ft leisure, and 1.2m sq ft parking'.

Commencing date is this year, with a completion in 2033, and the spec promises `local government incentives' and one thousand permanent jobs. People might well be asking whatever happened to Peel's previous Media City backers, the Saudi-based Olayan Group which owns 25% of the company.

As Peel's sad violins start playing and the cap comes out, anyone with that spare £1billion, or £1,000,000,000, is urged to contact the Regeneration Investment Organisationclick here.

Meanwhile, the completed Phase 1 of MediaCityUK isn't looking great for Salford people, with only 134 full time employees, and 16 part-time employees resident in Salford working for the BBC, out of around 2,500 staff, according to Freedom of Information data obtained by the Salford Star.

The Star asked for figures of Salford residents working at the BBC, excluding those who live in apartments on Media City itself, but the BBC stated that it couldn't provide them.

According to the data (correct at October 2014), the BBC is also taking on an average of ten apprentices a year, while, since 2011, `over thirty' 16-19 year olds have been through the BBC North Young Ambassadors scheme (see here for more details)...


Photo shows the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra playing at MediaCityUK - the collecting cap for Peel Holdings will be added later...

Bernard Brough wrote
at 14:24:35 on 20 February 2015
Thomas, you think that a private company after carrying off millions of pounds of public money asks for even more is a non story? Do you think that after promises of thousands of jobs in the city the grand total of 134 is anon story? You don't work for Peel Holdings by any chance do you?
 
Thomas wrote
at 12:03:51 on 20 February 2015
looked the the RIO stuff, this is a none story perpetuating nothing new. RIO is a government promoting UK projects to the world. Mediacity is a UK project why should the government promote it. The more students we get down there the better, train them with new world digital skills for this century.. Let's envourage training training training.
 
G. Gibbons wrote
at 10:53:07 on 17 February 2015
Aled Owen you are wrong. Apprenticeships were discontinued by corrupt and ruthless exploiting employers , who felt they were costing too much . The avaricious greedy profiteering exploiters have much to answer for . And they will .
 
D cigar wrote
at 10:52:31 on 17 February 2015
Fwlse aka Ian Stewart ! Since when have Peel ever been inspiring!? I recently did an FIO to find out how much the travel and accommodation costs re for the BBC morning presenters who continue to commute form London at our expenses rather than the BBC replace them with Northern based commentators. The response was , despite me being a licence payer, that this is journalistic privilege and they would not release the figures.
 
major clown wrote
at 10:51:58 on 17 February 2015
In a community meeting, Ian Sewerat was asked about the lack of job opportunities at Media city and his reply was that Salford people do not have the skills. If that's the attitude of our own bloody Major then salford people have no chance of finding meaningful work on the quays.
 
David cameron wrote
at 10:51:25 on 17 February 2015
@michael felse, Why are we investing in media studies, there are not that many jobs in media out there. Technology is taking over what humans used to do, were teaching kids media studies when it dosn't have a future, better to teach mathematics, science, engineering, real subjects with a future. The biggist employer of people in media is the BBC and their over staffed, in the next 10/20 years hopefully the BBC will loose the licence fee and when that happens the'll have to come in to the real world and that means cutting waste and they have lots of waste in the media section, the BBC is like the NHS to many people walking around doing non jobs. So let's stop fooling our kids that their going to be a reporter a newscaster or someone famous on TV. Look at the star operating on a shoe string, having to use volunteers or part time workers or Michael look at the salford advertiser going out business. I suppose the media business world is very competitive area, with more people than it has jobs.
 
Another Thought wrote
at 05:51:58 on 17 February 2015
Lovely how these grand schemes of rich corporations are subsidised by public bodies. With the exceptions of the Mediacity Branded Academy, UTC and Branch of the Local University - just how are the broadcasters engaging with locals in regards to job opportunities? and how are things progressing even if you use the most positive end of the spectrum from the article 40 placements a year is hardly breaking the glass ceiling for local job opportunities.
 
cdlime@yahoo.co.uk wrote
at 05:51:54 on 17 February 2015
I for one think we should be proud of what has been built at Mediacity so far and its plans for the future, no plan of reconstruction and regeneration is without its flaws and pitfalls but the interest and investments Mediacity now generates can only be a plus for Salford. What, you expected companies to hire employees based on where they were born? The Salford Star would be the first to complain if this was the case whether it be at Mediacity or Millies cookies. If someone has the skill set for a particular job it doesnt matter where they were born, thats the principles on which they will be hired. I am from Salford and now live in Mediacity as its the nicest place in Greater Manchester now and I cant live in Chorlton because I dont have a trendy beard. Apart from this, keep up the good work
 
Aled Owen wrote
at 05:51:47 on 17 February 2015
If my memory serves me right we used to have a flourishing apprentice system but wasn't it scuttled by the trade unions who demanded that apprentices were paid an adult's wage? Ironically Miliband is planning to bring back what we lost decades ago by the actions of the very people who gave him the leadership of the Labour Party.
 
Anthony Dowd wrote
at 05:51:08 on 17 February 2015
Amazing how BILLIONAIRES can get MORE funding - and backing from Salford Council - yet the most VULNERABLE in the City get SHAFTED :(
 
Michael F in Felse wrote
at 19:49:39 on 16 February 2015
Our UK probable next Prime Minister (Ed Miliband) today promised 80,000 extra young apprenticeships. This Labour innovative-initiative needs a National media-based learners Hub that would fit well into the Media-City roll-out plan. I ask our Elected Mayor to get Peel taking now to Mr Miliband in an extended Labour pledge that promises to locate The Apprenticeship Learning and Development new-media resource Hub into Salford-Media-City, showing North of England matters to young voters. It will attract regeneration organisations, all investing in Media City. I expect one of the conditions by our Elected Mayor to be a good measure of media leadership jobs to be ring fenced for Salford young people. Let us be inspired by the Peel Futuristic Salford Plan.
 
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