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Tech City guide: London

London is undoubtedly the tech capital of Europe, but will Brexit knock it of its perch? EG takes a look in its latest Tech City guide.

London is undoubtedly Europe’s tech capital.

It has topped the European Union’s digital cities index since it was launched, and dominates the European tech sector – as well as making waves on the global stage – thanks to a mix of ready access to funding, a wide pool of talented labour and a sympathetic regulatory regime.

Even high labour costs and the astronomical cost of office space have not dented its reputation.

Will that dominance be sustained post-Brexit? Nobody knows, but Google’s decision to press on with its 870,000 sq ft campus at King’s Cross, N1 – a revised plan was submitted mid-2017 – suggests no great exodus is likely.

THE OCCUPIERS

Google, Microsoft and Apple head a long list of major tech players in a market that seems to be constantly on the move, with decisions driven more by labour and opportunity issues than by hard-and-fast rules about which parts of the city are best for tech.

Yahoo’s parent company, Verizon, is looking for new West End headquarters of up to 80,000 sq ft, while Spotify and Snapchat are among a host of businesses upscaling…

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