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New home for The Voiceand Weekly Gleaner

Published:Tuesday | December 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The Voice and Weekly Gleaner newspapers in the United Kingdom (UK) have moved to new offices in south London at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, ending an eight-year stay in the region in east London popularly known as the Docklands.

At the new location, south of the River Thames, the newspaper group, which is a subsidiary of The Gleaner Company Ltd, will be in the heart of the African and Caribbean community that borders with Brixton, Peckham and Stockwell, and not far from Streatham, areas where the papers have a large readership base.

The Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre is also home to the head office for Jamaica National Overseas UK Ltd, where the building society operates the JNBS Rep Office and Money Transfer outlets.

In commenting on the move, GV Media Group Ltd Managing Director George Ruddock said: "The idea of relocating to south London is something we have been considering for some time now, as our regular business customers felt the journey to the Docklands was too much of a trek for them and we listened to their concerns. Additionally, we are operating with smaller staff numbers now than when we first moved there in 2006, so it made economic sense to head back south and closer to the community."

LAUNCHED IN 1982

The Voice is Britain's leading black newspaper and was launched in 1982 to focus on the social issues that were affecting second- and third-generation black British people who needed a voice to air their views.

The Weekly Gleaner is one of the oldest minority newspapers published in Britain since the early 1950s, shortly after Jamaicans and other West Indians started arriving to help rebuild the country following the end of World War II. Today, both newspapers are still the most recognised media for black Britain.

The new business address for the publications is: Unit 236 Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, London SE1 6TE. Telephone 0207 5100366. Email: newsdesk@gvmedia.co.uk. Web: www.voice-online.co.uk.