Canary Wharf opens Level39 fintech space
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, right, marked the opening of Level39 at Canary Wharf by unveiling a Digital Plaque using wireless technology in the presence of Canary Wharf Group chairman and chief executive Sir George Iacobescu, left, and Eric Van Der Kleij, head of Level39.
Taking up the entire 39th floor of Canary Wharf's One Canada Square, Level39 is a office, events and social space designed for growing businesses to create, test, market and deliver world-class financial, retail and future city technology products and services.
Mr Johnson said: "Attracting the brightest entrepreneurial minds is crucial if London is to maintain its position as the world's foremost financial centre and Level39 will foster just the talent we need to future-proof the capital's technology and financial sectors".
Mr Van der Kleij said: "The timing could not be better to open Level39. London's financial services sector is searching for new technologies to transform itself at the very moment that the tech sector is displaying the sort of growth required to move the UK economy forward.
"Level39 is London's point of convergence for FinTech, situated in the East End, which is the most dynamic area of Europe right now. Level39 and Canary Wharf complement London's existing tech clusters and provide the capital's first physical centrepiece for FinTech and retail tech. We aim to play a complementary role in the Tech City eco-system."