Willis Acquires Prestige Office Building in Birmingham, UK

October 22, 2010

Willis Group Holdings announced that it has secured the biggest office letting in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter this year at the landmark 40 St. Paul’s Place. Willis Group Chairman and CEO Joe Plumeri officiated at the opening ceremonies yesterday.

Willis noted that it is the “largest corporate insurance broker in Birmingham, the most populous British city outside of London, and has been leader in the city’s business community for over 25 years. Situated in the city center, the new 10,000 sq ft office will be home to 50 Willis Associates.”

Richard Waltier, Branch Director of Willis Birmingham, commented: “Willis has been established in the Jewellery Quarter for over 10 years and we were keen to remain at such a prestigious, central location, but our business had overgrown our prior office space. Our new office at 40 St. Paul’s Place offers us a professional, modern space in which to expand our service offering to clients.”

Speaking to clients and employees at the office opening, Brendan McManus, CEO, Willis UK & Ireland, stated: “The new office will be a fantastic place for our clients and Associates to interact. The move illustrates the success of our business in the Midlands and our commitment to Birmingham, a city that is an integral part of our UK growth strategy.”

In recent years, Willis Group has occupied a series of iconic new office locations. These include state-of-the-art facilities in Grand Mill Quay, Dublin, an award-winning Norman Foster-designed London headquarters in Lime Street and, most recently, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, the former Sears Tower in Chicago, which was renamed Willis Tower last year.

Source: Willis Group Holdings

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