Business English: Researching a new location
Business English: Researching a new location

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Business English: Researching a new location

Stating conditions which are not necessary

These structures are used for conditions which are not necessary.

Need not + infinitive

The plant chosen need not be new.

Not need to + infinitive

We do not need to source components locally.

Not need + noun

We do not need a purpose-built factory.

Not have to + infinitive

The location does not have to be near rail links.

Not require + noun

We will not require interpreters.

Not require + noun + infinitive

We do not require the factory to be in an industrial area.

Burmont Finance is considering moving to East Asia and in Activity 6 you hear Jane Hatton, a consultant who is assisting the company, specifying what the company needs in its new location.

Activity 6

Listen to the audio clip and complete the table for Burmont Finance by printing the document from the link below. An example has been done for you.

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Close to markets – not required; local suppliers – not required (‘we distribute information electronically and so we don't have to be near our markets or have local suppliers’).

Close to international airport – essential (‘we must be within an hour of an international airport’).

Hotels – essential (‘We have a lot of foreign visitors and so we must ... be near to business hotels’).

Modern facilities – essential; purpose-built plant – not required (‘we need modern office facilities, but not necessarily purpose-built ones’).

Local labour supply – essential; staff with ICT skills + English – essential (‘We must be able to recruit staff locally with the skills and training that we need. The new staff will have to have English and ICT skills’).

Tax incentives and grants – desirable (‘We'd like to find a site that's attractive financially and so we are looking for tax incentives’).

In any possible relocation, staff need to be kept informed. In the next activity you look at how the staff at Burmont Finance are kept up to date.

Activity 7

Burmont Finance sends a memo to staff to keep them informed about the relocation project. You have to check the memo to make sure the information is correct. Look at the text in bold and the information in your answer to Activity 6. If the requirements in the memo are incorrect rewrite the sentence correctly.


Burmont Finance

Date: 1 March Ref: Reloc 43
To: all staff
From: Jane Hatton
Subject: Relocation of Operations

As you know, we have now reached the stage of looking for a site in the Pacific Region for our new Operations Centre. To keep everyone up to date I attach details of our criteria.

Burmont Finance's new location (1) must have a local labour supply of trained people. New staff (2) do not need to have English and ICT skills. The location (3) has to be within an hour's driving time of an international airport. Burmont Finance (4) needs modern office facilities but they (5) are required to be purpose built. Burmont Finance (6) has to be close to markets because the company supplies information electronically. Although not essential, if possible the location (7) must offer tax advantages or financial incentives to the company. The operation is self-sufficient so Burmont Finance (8) doesn't need local suppliers.

Thanks for all your hard work and enthusiasm for the project. Please let us have any comments or suggestions you have. I will report back as soon as we have some news.

Jane Hatton


6. Incorrect.

Correct wording: Burmont don't have/need to be close to markets.


  1. Correct.

  2. Incorrect. Correct wording: New staff must have/require/need to have English and ICT skills.

  3. Correct.

  4. Correct.

  5. Incorrect. Correct wording: They needn't be/do not (don't) need to be purpose-built.

  6. Incorrect. Correct wording: Burmont doesn't have to be/doesn't need to be close to markets.

  7. Incorrect. Correct wording: Although not essential, if possible the location should offer tax advantages or financial incentives.

  8. Correct.

In the next activity you imagine that you work for Masito Electronics and a colleague asks you about the relocation.

Activity 8

Answer your colleague's questions that you hear on the audio clip. Before listening to the audio clip, prepare your answers using the prompts given below and the letter from Masito Electronics in Activity 5 (see Section 1.1). Use the structures from the beginning of this subsection to express requirements in your answers. When you have finished preparing your answers, listen to the audio clip and answer the questions.


What about distance from London?

The new site mustn't be more than two hours by lorry from London.

  1. What about rail?

    We don't need ......

  2. Are we looking for a new plant?

    No, the plant needn't ......

  3. So, what sort of plant do we require?

    It must be ......

  4. What about housing?

    We've told the agency the location must have ......

  5. What about labour?

    We'll need ......

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Model answers to this activity are given in the audio clip above.


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