Showing posts with label Google. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google. Show all posts

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

London considered by Forbes to be the most influential city in the World!

The US financial information provider, Forbes, has announced London to be ahead of rivals such as New York and Paris on a range of economic criteria.  These include the amount of foreign investment, concentration of company headquarters, and ease of travel to other global cities.

View of London with Parliament House, London Eye and City financial district
London has definite advantages over other cities.  As the capital of the English language, it is a important media centre and advertising source.  It's cultural, legal and business practices can be said to define global capitalism: it helps that the Industrial Revolution started just 120 miles or so to the north-west of London.
It is beyond doubt Europe's top technology startup centre, with around 3,000 recent businesses set up, and Google will soon be making Kings Cross the base for its largest office away from Silicon Valley.
In May of 2014 Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC)had similarly given London leading position in a Cities of Opportunity classification.  A study had declared London to be "technologically on top of its game", with with important software and multimedia development and design businesses located here..  
So another couple of feathers in the cap for London.  There will be more posts on business advances in this city over the coming weeks and months.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Google supporting High Tech business in London

Over the past few years there have been substantial efforts to boost high-tech business in London.  For the time being, most of these start up companies are based around the so-called Silicon Roundabout, just north of the City of London.

Now Google is adding its own form of support for these efforts.  It has launched a venture capital fun which will invest in European technology companies, and I guess that a substantial proportion of investment will be with London-based startups.

There is already a Google campus not far from Liverpool Street station in the City where new tech businesses can set up a base.  Hopefully the companies working from these offices are able to get stimulation and develop good networking contacts.  It is possible that some of these businesses will now get direct funding from Google.

The Google Venture Capital fund will be located at offices in the historic Clerkenwell district, not too far from Silicon Roundabout.  Clerkenwell will prove to be an excellent location for these offices as Farringdon station is close, and when Crossrail begins running in 2018 there will be direct train services to Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports.

Google is definitely making a major commitment to London, and the substantial office development planned for next to Kings Cross station is another indication of this.