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Spotify formally opens new R&D base in London

By | Published on Wednesday 17 April 2019


Spotify has formally launched its new research and development hub right here in London. That’s right, London! These are crazy times in which we live.

The streaming firm announced plans back in 2017 to boost its London presence by opening up a new R&D centre in the city. The new team, housed in swish offices right next to the Thames, “can be seen to reflect the capital’s wealth of tech talent” the company now says. Yeah, maybe. The new hub “represents skills across the fields of engineering, product, design, data, research and insights”, it goes on.

Spotify UK MD Tom Connaughton adds: “The UK is famous all over the world for the musical talent that originates here and the strength of the music industry here”. Yeah, perhaps. “As one of Spotify’s biggest markets”, he adds, “it makes perfect sense to expand our team here, and to tap into the large and diverse talent pool to be found in London”.

So excited is everyone about this latest Spotify development, even London mayor Sadiq Khan is trying to get in on the action. He declared that “London is the best place in Europe for tech companies to find a wealth of diverse talent”. Yeah, well, whatever you say Sadiq. “Spotify’s expansion is a further sign that London is open to ground-breaking technology”.

With Spotify’s new riverside base now open for all the R&D types, the rest of the firm’s London teams will decamp from their Oxford Circus base to the new premises later this year. So that’s nice. For them.