Google has thrown its weight behind East London’s fast-growing hub for Internet companies, Tech City, by signing a lease for a seven-floor building that would be serving as a launch-pad for new start-ups and developers.
The center will house advisers from Google and other organizations that support technology entrepreneurs.
The move supports British Prime Minister David Cameron’s ambition, announced in November 2010, for London’s East End to become a technology centre to rival California’s Silicon Valley.
The plan was backed by a host of technology companies, including Google, Vodafone, Facebook and Intel.
Google, which will retain its central London offices, said the centre would be the first initiative of its kind for the company anywhere in the world.
“East London is already home to hundreds of innovative British start-ups, and has huge potential for economic growth and new jobs over the coming years,” said David Singleton, Google UK’s engineering director.