BBC MediaCityUK had ‘negligible’ economic boost, study claims – BBC News

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Image caption The Centre for Cities believe tank said the BBC’s Salford hub led to 4, 600 brand new jobs between 2011 and 2016

The economic benefits of moving community sector jobs out of London must not be overestimated, a study of the BBC’s Salford development claims.

The particular creation of MediaCityUK led to four, 600 jobs between 2011 plus 2016, the Centre for Cities think tank noted.

But , its report mentioned the impact on the wider area was “negligible”.

The particular BBC however , said it was “surprised” by the findings and cited other research which highlighted results of the move.

Salford city mayor Paul Dennett also said the BBC’s shift north had been “a significant catalyst” for the “continued development and reconstruction of Salford and Greater Manchester”.

The Center for Cities (CFC) released the findings as several UK metropolitan areas, which includes Liverpool , consider bidding as the new home of Channel four.

As well as the BBC, MediaCityUK is home to ITV, the University associated with Salford and several bar and eating place chains.

But the CFC report said many jobs got come from displacement of businesses from all other parts of Greater Manchester.

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Image caption The particular BBC’s Salford base is encircled by restaurants, bars, shops as well as the University of Salford

Paul Swinney, the principal economist, said: “While the particular BBC’s move has been positive regarding Greater Manchester in other ways, it offers done little to create new work opportunities across the city region, or to motivate new businesses to set up in the area.

“The lesson for towns bidding to be the new home associated with Channel 4 is that if they are prosperous, they should not expect to see a main boost to their economies beyond the particular jobs that the relocation would straight bring. ”

However a BBC spokesman said other “independent assessments” of the Salford shift recognised it had been of “considerable benefit”.

“The BBC has been crucial to the development of MediaCityUK, bringing a large number of jobs, millions of pounds of purchase and supporting the wider innovative industries, ” he said.

“To suggest our own investment only benefits Salford, instead of the rest of the region, seems very unusual given the scale and dimension of our operation today. ”

Mike Blackburn, chairman from the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Relationship, added: “Quite frankly a report that will says the BBC has not a new positive impact on Greater Manchester is certainly ridiculous. ”