Company plans to expand U.K. headquarters at Salesforce Tower to support growing local customer base
Salesforce Ventures fuels cloud innovation with investments in DigitalGenius, NewVoiceMedia and Qubit
Salesforce.org partners with RNIB and CoderDojo to show the importance of ‘accessibility’ when designing and building technology
London, U.K.—19 May, 2016—Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world's #1 CRM company, today announced it is increasing its investments in the U.K., including a plan to take on additional space at its U.K. headquarters at Salesforce Tower in London. This follows the company’s recent announcement to hire more than 1,200 people in EMEA this year to support its fast-growing customer base and ecosystem. Salesforce also announced that Salesforce Ventures, the company’s global corporate investment group, is fueling cloud innovation in the U.K. through investments in DigitalGenius, NewVoiceMedia and Qubit. All of these announcements were made today at the Salesforce World Tour London event at the ExCeL, Salesforce’s largest event outside of Dreamforce with more than 15,000 registered attendees.
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Salesforce Expands U.K. Headquarters to Support Growing Customer Base
The global shift to the cloud has opened the door to new and exciting social, mobile and data science technologies, and has created unprecedented growth in cloud computing spending by companies across Europe. In the U.K., IDC estimates that total public cloud revenue was £1,299M during the first half of 2015, a 39 percent year over year increase . Europe continues to be one of the fastest growing regions for Salesforce worldwide, and the U.K. is a key growth driver in the region.
To support its fast-growing customer base and ecosystem, Salesforce has announced plans to hire over 1,200 employees in EMEA. Many of those roles will be based in the U.K., one of the company’s largest operations outside the USA. To accommodate its growing workforce, Salesforce has also announced plans to expand its U.K. headquarters located at Salesforce Tower, London.
The expanded Salesforce U.K. headquarters will include a new world-class executive briefing centre and will showcase the company’s focus on creating a unique workspace for employees that promotes sustainability and employee wellness. Just last month, Salesforce was ranked #3 By Great Places to Work U.K . highlighting the importance that the company places on investing in its employees and their working environment.
Salesforce Ventures Fuels Cloud Innovation with Investments in U.K. Cloud Companies
Last year, Salesforce Ventures—the company’s global corporate investment group—announced that it has allocated $100 million to invest in European startups to fuel cloud innovation and customer success in the region. Since that announcement, Salesforce Ventures has invested in ten next-generation enterprise cloud startups that are part of the emerging enterprise app economy in Europe. Investments in U.K. companies include:
Salesforce Ventures portfolio companies receive funding to accelerate their growth and gain a competitive edge through access to the world’s largest cloud ecosystem and the guidance of Salesforce innovators and executives. With Salesforce Ventures, portfolio companies can also leverage the expertise of Salesforce.org to incorporate its 1-1-1 model of integrated philanthropy to make giving back part of their business model.
Salesforce World Tour London: A Day of Innovation, Fun and Giving Back
With more than 15,000 registered attendees, Salesforce World Tour London will bring together Salesforce experts, partners and customers to demonstrate how companies of all sizes and industries are leveraging the Salesforce Customer Success Platform to connect with their customers in a whole new way. Salesforce Chief Adoption Officer, Polly Sumner will deliver the main keynote and the following U.K companies will share their transformation stories:
Salesforce has a long history of giving technology, financial resources and employee time to nonprofits through its 1-1-1 model of integrated corporate philanthropy. In keeping with this model, Salesforce.org has partnered with The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and CoderDojo, a global community of volunteer led coding clubs. Together, they will offer multiple on-site demonstrations to show the ways that technology can be used to improve accessibility for blind and partially sighted people, including a simulation to experience sight loss; a demonstration of RNIB’s augmented reality application to assist the visually impaired; and a special CoderDojo for visually impaired youth.
1 Source: IDC’s European Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker, 2016
2 Great Place to Work, UK’s Best Workplaces: Large Category 2016
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