|By Marketwired .||
|October 9, 2013 07:00 AM EDT||
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 10/09/13 -- Box today officially opened its new central London office with a private reception for employees, partners and customers hosted by the Duke of York. At the event, Box announced the formation of its non-US headquarters in the UK, a customer engagement with the London Borough of Hounslow, and a partnership with Methods, a UK technology advisory firm for the public sector. The new office expands the company's existing presence in London, and enables Box to continue to grow its employee base in the UK and throughout Europe.
David Quantrell, Box senior vice president and general manager for EMEA, said, "As we expanded in Europe and witnessed growing demand for Box, we decided that London was not just an ideal location for an office, but also a great place to establish an official headquarters for our international operations. London is a central hub in the world economy and home to a fantastic pool of talent. Just as importantly, the UK government's Patent Box regime and other recent economic initiatives provide us with a supportive environment for continuing to grow and expand aggressively around the world."
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said, "It is fantastic news that one of Silicon Valley's finest, Box, has opted to locate their non-US headquarters in London. This comes after Box took part in my programme held during the Olympic Games last year that gave investors a taste of all that London has to offer. This arrival is further welcome evidence of London's status as a leading tech capital helped by the availability of a talented workforce, the work space and world beating universities."
Since first opening a London office in June 2012, Box has more than doubled user growth outside of the US and continues to expand throughout Europe, hiring more than 80 employees in the region. In addition to growing its existing offices in London, Munich and Paris, Box has recently added employees in the UK to address growing demand for partnerships and sales in the Nordics, Benelux, Spain and Italy. Overall, Box has more than 20 million users worldwide at more than 180,000 businesses. The company saw 150% increase in sales in 2012 and is on pace to more than double again in the current year.
Hounslow Chooses Box, Continues to Pioneer Cloud Transition
The London Borough of Hounslow, a local government council that supports more than 250,000 residents in the UK, joins global Box customers such as Procter & Gamble, Rosetta Stone, Schneider Electric, Heathrow Airport and Royal Haskoning DHV. The Council chose Box to address its need for secure collaboration with internal teams and external partner agencies, as well as document management for its departments.
Anthony Kemp, director corporate resources at London Borough of Hounslow, said, "We are delighted to have signed with Box. We spent a lot of time exploring options that could satisfy the full enterprise. We were very impressed with Box and its exciting plans for future development. As a product, it complements our strategy of public utility cloud based computing. Over the coming months Box will form a vital component in the further development of the Hounslow Platform. Initial feedback is everyone loves the product and the opportunities it will offer across the business."
With Box, Hounslow now adds secure file sharing and collaboration to its broader strategy to transition its IT infrastructure from costly, on-premise systems to more flexible cloud software. Hounslow has already deployed Salesforce and plans to run its organization almost completely from the cloud by early 2015.
Methods Partners with Box for Government and Public Sector
Box announced a partnership with Methods, one of the UK's most influential and successful technology consultancies and professional services firms. Methods has developed deep relationships across a variety of industries in the UK and specializes in helping bring the best technology and digital innovation to hundreds of clients in healthcare, central government, local services, utilities and finance. The group advises clients on selecting and implementing next generation enterprise software to gain maximum value from IT strategy and operations. Box will now be a part of Method's portfolio of technology solutions and kicks off its partnership with the Hounslow deployment, which was acquired via the UK government's G-Cloud framework.
James Herbert, director of Methods Digital, said, "We partnered with Box to bring the best available enterprise grade technology to our clients. Box is particularly exciting not only because it is a genuine cloud-based solution with a growing ecosystem of developers and applications, but also because for some time our clients have been dissatisfied and frustrated with existing options both for collaboration and document management. We see Box playing a huge role in our cloud offerings. It's one of those products where it's hard to see why you wouldn't want to use it -- that is certainly the feedback from our users and our own staff. Also, as a UK SME, Box's commitment to the UK is a massive draw, too. We are really excited about the future for Box, ourselves and our clients."
In addition to Methods, Box has invested significantly in expanding its partner ecosystem across Europe and the Middle East. With 75 partners, including Insight, Bechtle and Bytes, Box is helping organizations of all sizes move their content to the cloud.
If you're interested in learning more about Box, join co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie for an industry event in London on November 6, 2013 by registering at: http://www.bwblondon13.com
Box's mission is to make businesses of all sizes more productive, competitive, and powerful by connecting people and their most important information. Content on Box can be securely shared and easily accessed on the web, through iOS, Android and Windows Phone applications, and extended to partner applications, such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. Headquartered in Los Altos, CA, Box is privately held and backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Emergence Capital Partners, General Atlantic, Meritech Capital Partners, NEA, Scale Venture Partners, and U.S. Venture Partners, as well as by strategic investors salesforce.com, SAP Ventures and Intel Ventures. To learn more about Box, visit www.box.com.
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