Our first office was a borrowed bedroom in a Christian's flat with a second-hand filing cabinet costing 30 pounds and a typewriter at 25 pounds. We borrowed a desk and chair and our receptionist came to work on a borrowed bicycle.
Our second office was much larger; housed in Cauldon Buildings, an old warehouse in Stoke-on-Trent. One of our first jobs was to chase the roosting pigeons out before patching up the windows and roof. Then we could begin to renovate and decorate the rooms.
Exceptionally humble beginnings for a ministry with a national vision, however, as Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, 'I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there" and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.'
These times were very hard for us, with everyone on staff working as volunteers because we could not afford to pay any wages, but the unity and passion in prayer to carry forward the vision for Christian radio was the primary motivating force.
God was gracious to us as we faithfully served the vision and He met our needs through miraculous provision of materials and the un-ending generosity of our small band of supporters.
Year after year our faith grew stronger, our ministry grew larger and our supporters increased in number as we sought God's direction in prayer. In 1994 UCB was able to acquire from another Christian Trust the semi-dilapidated Hanchurch Christian Centre situated on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent and the rebuilding and renovation work started all over again. However, this time we ended up with a purpose built facility to house our broadcasting studios and offices for the secure expansion of our vision.
Work was completed in 1999 and UCB now has a facility that is fully utilised and dedicated to the extension of God's Kingdom throughout the UK and Ireland.
UCB Expansion ...
During this time, UCB has grown from being a Christian radio station with a Bible devotional to a leading Christian media ministry. UCB is now able to spread the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ via print, radio and television media. More than this UCB is able, like never before, to help people respond to God's call on their lives via Prayerline and provide materials they need to grow in faith to worship God and glorify His name.
Without a doubt UCB has come a long way these past years and has expanded so much that in 2004 UCB purchased an additional building to house the operations side of UCB. This building was an old call centre in the heart of Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, that had been empty for four years. As you can imagine it needed a great deal of work. So, once again we were renovating and decorating, and just in time for Christmas we all made the move over.
Moving to the Burslem site marked a new era for UCB. This was the first time UCB had owned two buildings. The move also brought UCB into the heart of the city allowing us the opportunity to reach out into the local community with the love of God.
Although the move to Burslem had some sadness as Hanchurch is in a beautiful country setting, the move has presented UCB with many new opportunities, including the expansion of Prayerline and UCB2GO. It also provided a great deal more space for the storing and packing of The Word For Today.
But what happened to the Hanchurch site?
Hanchurch Christian Centre is now the Broadcast Centre which houses the Radio studios and the TV department. From here UCB transmits our five radio stations, UCB UK, UCB Inspirational, UCB Gospel, UCB Bible & The Word.