Alderman The Lord Mountevans paid tribute to the work of the professional services company, pointing out that it employed non-graduates – “a true meritocracy” he said.
EY’s UK chairman Steve Varley said: “Today is more than a celebration of the new office space. It’s a celebration of the growth of the UK business as a whole. Our commitment to a long term investment strategy in the UK continues to pay off. We have grown at an exceptional rate. Last year alone we added 95 new partners – a record for us – and recruited over 4,500 people.
“Our financial services business has been a big part of that growth and this fantastic new office in Canary Wharf represents our continued investment in the heart of one of the world’s leading financial services hubs.”
To mark the official opening, EY launched a FinTech support programme, second staff to up and coming companies for three month periods to help accelerate innovation programmes and startup growth.
Omar Ali, managing partner, UK Financial Services at EY, said: “The innovation that is currently thriving in London’s FinTech scene is going to be central to the future success of UK financial services. Developing the skills we need to fuel the growth of FinTech in London and across the UK is going to be really important, and so I’m very excited that today we are launching our secondment programme.”
The programme will be run in conjunction with Innovate Finance, an independent not-for-profit organisation which aims to accelerate the UK’s position as a global hub for FinTech.
CEO of Innovate Finance Lawrence Wintermeyer said: “The talent programme is an exciting new pilot that will give EY staff the opportunity to work directly in the FinTech ecosystem. This is a win-win agreement for partners and will see our members gain access to a professional pool of talent to support exciting mission critical projects.”