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GCHQ to set up shop in Manchester

GCHQ to set up shop in Manchester

GCHQ is to set up a site in Manchester in 2019, which the agency claims will bring “hundreds of new jobs” to the area.

The agency announced at the CyberUK 2018 conference taking place in Manchester, that the secure site will be at the heart of the nation’s security,DELETE COMMA using “cutting-edge technology” and “technical ingenuity” to identify and disrupt threats to the UK.

The conference, hosted by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), is expected to attract more than 2,000 specialists from across government, industry and law enforcement. 

Jeremy Fleming, director of GCHQ, said the Manchester site will create hundreds of high calibre jobs for people who will have a vital role in keeping the UK safe.

He said: “Our new facility will open up a huge pool of highly talented, tech-savvy recruits vital to our future success,”

The Manchester site will extend the GCHQ’s network of sites in the UK, which currently comprises its headquarters in Cheltenham and offices in Bude in Cornwall and Scarborough. In 2017, the NCSC – which is part of GCHQ – opened its new headquarters near Victoria in London.

Flemming said: “Manchester is a city full of innovation and talent. It is also a city known for its tolerance and inclusivity, which last year was tragically attacked by someone who had neither.

“In that difficult time, we at GCHQ drew strength from the togetherness and resilience shown by all of Manchester’s communities. That’s how you tackle terrorism,”

Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said the move represents a huge vote of confidence in the talent pool of potential employees in and around Manchester.

He said: “GCHQ perform a vital role helping to keep the country safe and we look forward to welcoming them to the city in 2019.”

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