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A.61 The former Department of Trade and Industry broke new ground when rent rises put seemingly insurmountable pressures on accommodation budgets, by sharing desks across its London estate. Over a 2 year period to 2006, everyone in London moved to using a standardised desk space with a ratio of 8 desks to 10 staff. This, combined with some staff reductions and some moves out of London inspired by the Gershon and Lyons reviews has allowed BERR to go from 8 London buildings to 2, with a massive saving of £25m per annum.

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