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New Amazon and Facebook outposts cement London’s status as Europe’s tech hub

Within days of each other, tech monoliths Amazon and Facebook have announced plans to set up shop in London, joining Google, whose London HQ opened its doors just four months ago.

Amazon is to open a new research and development hub in the UK capital, focusing on developing services and APIs for televisions, games consoles, PCs and smartphones.

Meanwhile, Facebook is s setting up its first engineering centre outside of the US.

The presence of three of the worlds top technology companies reflects London’s status as a hotbed for technological talent, which has made possible the rapid growth of East London's Tech City.

While both Amazon and Facebook are setting up outside Tech City itself, with the latter in Covent Garden and the former in Clerkenwell, the influx from Silicon Valley is, on the whole, good for the area and the UK. However there are concerns that the major players may hinder the continued growth of the city’s start ups by poaching  some of its top tech talent 

London has plenty of great developers and engineers which are beginning to seem thin on the ground in the Silicon Valley locale.

Amazon’s Digital Media Development Centre will house teams of software development engineers, user-interface experts and graphic designers and will include the design and development teams from Amazon companies Pushbutton and Lovefilm. 

Paula Byrne, the MD of TV app company Pushbutton, will head up the new centre. She said in a statement: "London is a hotbed of tech talent and testament to that fact is Amazon choosing the capital as the location for the new global Digital Media Development Centre. Innovation is part of the Amazon DNA and we are creating a British centre of excellence to design and develop the next generation of TV and film services for a wide range of digital devices."

The Facebook enterprise looks set to have a focus on mobile and platform development but initially will need only a small team of 12 experienced engineers who have been working with Facebook in the U.S., 

This “landing team” will get the London engineering team up and running with a serious recruitment drive in the near future.

 

 

 

  

 
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