Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
The social media giant has opened a new office in central London which it expects to create 800 highly skilled jobs.
Facebook’s new 247,000 sq ft London office will be its largest engineering hub outside of the US and reiterates the company’s commitment to the UK.
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the office is based at Rathbone Place, just off Oxford Street, and expects to employ up to 2,300 people by the end of 2018.
The engineering hub will also include an “incubator space” for start-ups, called LDN_LAB, which will support fledgling businesses from across the country.
Facebook opened its first office in London 10 years ago. Since then, the UK has played a central role in the development of some of Facebook's significant global products like Workplace which is used by 30,000 businesses globally including Virgin Atlantic and Deliveroo.
Nicola Mendelsohn, vice president for Facebook Europe, Middle East and Asia, said: “The UK’s flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem and international reputation for engineering excellence makes it one of the best places in the world to build a tech company.
“And we’ve built our company here – this country has been a huge part of Facebook’s story over the past decade, and I look forward to continuing our work to achieve our mission of bringing the world closer together.”
Chancellor Philip Hammond was one of the first to congratulate the company. He said: “It’s a sign of confidence in our country that innovative companies like Facebook invest here, and it’s terrific news that they will be hiring 800 more highly skilled workers next year.”
Julian David, CEO, techUK said: “It is great to see a world-leading company like Facebook continuing to invest in London’s renowned tech ecosystem, despite the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.
"Facebook has chosen to be amongst like-minded businesses and the brightest minds in placing its very first in-house start-up incubator, LDN_LAB, in the UK.
"Large businesses are key to supporting innovation and we are excited to see what becomes of the start-ups that can grow and scale as a result of this endeavour. The message is clear: London is open, and tech is the flag bearer.”
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