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Ford to open Smart Mobility Innovation Office at Here East

Here East has announced that Ford will open a dedicated Ford Smart Mobility Innovation Office in London focusing on future mobility solutions for Europe and that Plexal, Europe’s largest technology innovation destination has been officially opened by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan as part of the launch of London Tech Week 2017.

Ford’s new office will give a dedicated team of highly skilled Ford specialists easy access to world-class digital companies, leading academic institutions and existing partners as it targets the near-term development of smart mobility solutions that meet the needs of Europe’s major cities. Smart mobility helps achieve sustainable city development allowing seamless, efficient and flexible travel.

The new office located on the Here East campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will have an initial capacity for around 40 specialists and is set to open later this year. Here East is already home to Loughborough University, one of Ford’s longest standing and most significant university research partners.

“Basing our rapidly growing team here in the heart of mobility innovation in London is critical to accelerating our learning and development of new technologies. The location at Here East will allow us greater collaboration and the out-of-the-box thinking needed to tackle the urban transport challenges of tomorrow,” said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company, at the opening of London Tech Week.

“We will also be ideally placed to build on existing partner projects and have access to London’s world-class digital talent. Both will be key as we build towards our ambition of being a global leader in mobility solutions.”

Commenting on the Ford announcement Gavin Poole, CEO, Here East said: “Here East is unique in providing the space and infrastructure for entrepreneurs, global businesses and academics to come together and collaborate in the pursuit of innovation. Ford’s decision to join our community of innovators, start-ups and tech specialists as part of its drive to find smarter urban mobility solutions is an exciting development for the entire campus.”

Paul Goswell, Managing Director, Delancey said: “The addition of Ford to the Here East campus is an exciting milestone in our careful curation of tenants at London’s creative and tech hub on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. In choosing Here East, Ford has cemented our reputation as the preferred destination for corporates looking to work alongside innovative startups and world leading universities. When selecting new locations, the most forward-thinking companies are not just looking for outstanding spaces and excellent transport links but they also want to be situated beside the most creative thinkers and talented researchers and this is exactly what is on offer at Here East.”

Also announced by Here East today is that Plexal, a centre of global technology enterprise for startups and companies seeking innovation collaboration has been officially opened by Mayor Khan to mark the launch of London Tech Week.

Just over half of Plexal’s private offices have already been let and hot desk sales have now started with capacity for 800 members over 68,000 sq feet.

Claire Cockerton, CEO, Plexal said: “Plexal is a truly unique innovation centre not only for London but the rest of the world. Our mission is to become the beating heart of inventive enterprise; connected, intelligent and dynamic – where people join forces, ideas spark and new business is born. I believe we have created a first-class space design to deliver this and look forward to telling the success stories of the new technology products & services that emerge from Plexal.”

Gavin Poole, CEO, Here East commenting on the launch of London Tech Week at Here East said: “The success of London’s flourishing tech sector is partly due to the collaboration between entrepreneurs, established businesses, academics and policy makers. As the tech community comes together as Here East for the launch of London Tech Week, we are delighted that Ford is joining our campus as it accelerates its capabilities to develop urban mobility solutions for Europe and that Plexal, Europe’s largest technology innovation destination has opened its doors.”

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