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The 159 year-old Stoke Sentinel has moved into a former Sunday School chapel in a change the MD describes as a ‘return to our spritual home’.

Michelle Gaskell said the city centre relocation marked a new era for the Staffordshire newspaper and website publisher. Writing on the website she says:

“Our new offices are a modern communications hub, as befitting a newspaper and digital publishing business.

“While we’ve lovingly restored the building to its former glory we have also ensured that it is full of 21st Century technology and unashamedly modern décor.

“This is a hugely important move for our business – one which puts us right back at the heart of the community we always seek to serve. Being in the Cultural Quarter and next to the emerging Central Business District should also make it easier for us to interact with readers, key advertisers and important contacts.”

The Sentinel also recently moved its website and in the summer launched its new look with a emphasis on user involvement.

“The Sentinel has teamed up with bloggers, experts in their field, who you can follow for their opinion. We’ve got a wide selection of bloggers including Adam Whittaker (food), Anthony Bunn (men’s fashion), Rachael Cahalin and Charlotte ‘Chyaz’ Samuel (beauty), Alex Wood (Vale), Rachael Hunt (health and fitness), plus your regular columnists with their finger on the pulse of what’s happening in North Staffordshire.”

Acting editor Richard Bowyer spelled out the new approach saying to users: “We hope you like this new-look site and we would like you all to get involved online with us. This is not just a Sentinel website, it’s yours as well.