The Royal Life Saving Society UK has announced that it will move its headquarters to Worcester next year, in order to grow and raise its profile.
The charity said in a statement that it will be relocating from its current headquarters in Broom, Warwickshire to Worcester in the early part of 2017, in a bid to “grow and raise its profile in a busy city profile”.
The organisation is the UK’s national drowning prevention charity, and has seen its income swell by nearly £2m over the last 4 years – predominantly on the back of the strength of IQL UK, its trading subsidiary.
It currently employs 65 full and part-time staff and has more than 10,000 volunteers across the UK and Ireland.
According to its latest set of accounts published up until the 31 December 2014, the RLSS UK had a total income of £4.4m and total spending in excess of £5m.
Some £100,000 worth of the cost of the charity’s expansion from its current headquarters, to its new home on London Road in Worcester has been met by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. The partnership is itself funded by the government.
RLSS UK have yet to respond when asked how much the total expansion will cost it.
'We're thrilled', says RLSS chief executive
Di Steer, chief executive of RLSS UK, said: “We are thrilled to announce our relocation to Worcester. Although our current headquarters has been an excellent home for 20 years, the charity needs to look forward and a city location will offer more opportunities for growth and a higher profile.
“This will enable us to, ultimately, reach more members of the public with our essential water messages, advice and skills to help make a difference and save lives, as well as being able to better support our network of clubs and branches across the UK.
“We already have a number of links to Worcester and Worcestershire and are looking forward to building on these and becoming an integral part of the business and local communities, where we hope there is huge potential to build relationships.”
While an exact date has not been finalised, the organisation said “an official opening” for its new headquarters was being planned for early 2017.
Pictured is an artist's impression of the charity's new headquarters.