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Skype the latest big name tech company to open new London office

Skype has officially moved into a new London office – as the UK capital’s surge in tech offerings continues.

The Microsoft owned Internet telephony company has moved into an office in the Chancery Lane area after calling London one of the “world’s hottest technology centres right now”.

The firm has looked to move offices in the face of a 43% growth in just over a year; the building will be the home of more than 360 UK staff.

Communications minister, Ed Vaizey, who officially launched the new office, said: “I don’t think there are many cities that can compete with London for having such a wealth of knowledge and passion for the technology industry, and for a company like Skype to recognise and nurture this home-grown talent is very encouraging and inspiring to see.

“Tech City may have kick-started the journey, but that certainly isn’t restricted to East London any more, as Skype has aptly proved. Long may Skype’s love affair with London continue.”

The development of Tech City based around the Old Street Roundabout, more commonly known as the Silicon Roundabout, and the recently launched Level 39 based on the entire 39th floor of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, have marked a concerted effort by the government and others to push London’s technology offerings.

In fact, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has often waxed lyrical about the UK capital, calling it a “powerhouse for entrepreneurial technology firms.”

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