Manchester United has acquired new office space in London, which will accommodate their commercial operations department. The 45 member team was previously located at St James in Pall Mall, but felt the need to move into the 11,000 square foot office due to space constraints. The new London office space is located in Mayfair – one of London’s most prestigious areas.
The commercial department is essentially in charge of striking new sponsorship deals with companies around the world. Critics have labelled the move nonsensical, and question the need for a London office when the team has flourished in Manchester for so long. The move has also done little to abate rife criticisms that the team attracts more supporters from London than Manchester!
The team’s reasoning behind the London office is that it is purely more practical to be based there – London is far more accessible to visitors, the bulk of which are coming from foreign destinations. I’ll also hazard a guess that being in the same area as the United States embassy and The Dorchester played some role in the decision making too!
But in all seriousness, according to The Telegraph, The London office has been very beneficial to the team. Reportedly playing a substantial role in the increase of commercial revenues from £42.5m to £80m.