Google in a first post-Brexit push announced London investment

Google in a first post-Brexit push announced London investmentGoogle has confirmed plans to expand its London headquarters at King’s Cross and create 3,000 new jobs in the capital.

The firm's chief executive, Sundar Pichai announced plans to build a 10-storey, 650,000 square foot complex alongside its new offices in Pancras Square.

It comes as a major boost following months of speculation over the future of technology firms in the capital after Britain leaves the EU.

Speaking on his first visit to the UK as the technology giant's chief executive, Mr Pichai said it will be the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside of the US. The project is expected to cost in excess of £1 billion.

"Here in the UK, it's clear to me that computer science has a great future with the talent, educational institutions, and passion for innovation we see all around us,” Pichai said.

"We are committed to the UK and excited to continue our investment in our new King's Cross campus," he added.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called the announcement a "vote of confidence" in the city.

"Google's commitment to London is very welcome," he said.

"This is a global, pioneering company at the forefront of new technology - and so London, a pioneering city, and home to many of the world's most talented and innovative people, is a great and natural choice for expansion,” Khan added.

"London is one the world's leading technology hubs and investment into the capital post-Brexit remains robust, so Google's expansion will further strengthen our city's reputation as a global leader in digital technology," the mayor said.

The announcement of the planned expansion was also greeted with enthusiasm by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

"This is big vote of confidence in Britain's leading position as a global tech-hub and more evidence that leading firms are choosing to invest here," he said.
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