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Daley Thompson opens Sandwell business complex building

Daley Thompson opens Providence Place
Image caption Daley Thompson opened the building at Providence Place on Tuesday morning

Two-time Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson has officially opened the first building of a £75m Sandwell Council-backed business complex.

The £18m development at Providence Place, West Bromwich, will be home to about 900 workers, including 300 BT call centre jobs.

A spokesperson from BT said some call centre workers had started and others are being recruited later this year.

Mr Thompson described it as a milestone for the area.

Image caption The £18m building is part of a £75m business complex

Council leader Darren Cooper said: "The opening of this building and the wider regeneration of West Bromwich illustrate what we can achieve thanks to partnerships like these."

A spokesperson from the council said the building is privately owned and leased by BT.

The third floor is home of Transform Sandwell, a 15-year partnership between BT and the council established in 2007.

The council said the project meant £45m in the new business centre at Providence Place, more investment in technology and the creation of hundreds of jobs.

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