As the country prepares for its departure from the European Union, Facebook opens a new office which has resumed operations today. This comes as part of part of Facebook’s commitment to Britain and it announced that the new headquarters will absorb 800 employees.
Facebook said that the new site will be the social network’s second biggest engineering hub after the one in the United States, as more than the workers at the London site will focus on engineering.
It appears that the social network has probably pledged its support to the UK, seeing that it is at the forefront of enhancing the growth of the country’s start-ups. Facebook’s first in-house start-up incubator, known as LND_LAB will be launched in the site. The incubator is designed to help digital businesses in the UK to materialise.
Nicola Mendelson, EMEA Vice-President confirms Facebook’s commitment to the UK and its endearing support to the start-ups in the country. She said,
‘The UK’s flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem and international reputation for engineering excellence make it one of the best places in the world to build a tech company. And we have 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.’
Despite the Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, Facebook, along with other social media giants including Google and Amazon has not been discouraged from expanding its firm in London. In fact, by the end of 2018, the total number of British workforce in Facebook will likely be more than 2300. The social network set up its first office in London 10 years ago.
It is believed that Brexit, a British exit from the European Union will provide an opportunity for the British people to expand their business alignment with the USA who isn’t a member of the European Union. Being a member of the EU restricts partnership with other countries and takes full control of the borders in the countries it dominates. This means that for a long time, the British government lost the power over its own borders and didn’t even have the right to negotiate its own trading deals with other countries.
In view of this, the exit from the EU is good for Britain and its partnerships with the United States.
Shortly after Google made it public knowledge that it was building a new massive hub that would absorb over 7000 employees in London, Facebook followed suit to announce its headquarters last year. Moreover, the new office will house employees from different fields- engineers, developers, and marketers.