Harlequin UK (HUK) is to become a division of HarperCollins UK, with staff moving into the publisher’s new premises at London Bridge.
HarperCollins’ parent company News Corp bought Harlequin Enterprises in May last year, with Harlequin becoming a division of HarperCollins worldwide.
It is now proposed that HUK become part of HarperCollins UK, with current m.d. Tim Cooper continuing in his role and reporting in to HarperCollins c.e.o. Charlie Redmayne. Cooper will also join the HarperCollins UK executive committee.
In a statement HarperCollins said HUK would “function as a separate publishing division of HarperCollins UK sitting alongside HarperFiction, HarperNonFiction, HarperCollinsChildren’s Books, Collins Learning, 4th Estate and William Collins", and that the move will provide "closer collaboration between the two organisations."
HUK staff – who number around 80 – will be moving from their current base in Richmond, southwest London, to the new HarperCollins offices in London Bridge.
HarperCollins staff have been moving from their old Hammersmith base into The News Building in London Bridge this month. The building, News UK’s new headquarters, is also home to the Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times.
There are no implications for Harlequin businesses in other territories around the world, it was stated.