Tech firms acquire more City office space than banks in 2012
Knight Frank Research’s latest figures suggest the government’s Tech City drive is working
By Derek du Preez | Computerworld UK | Published: 17:39, 22 October 2012
Technology, media and telecoms (TMT) companies have acquired more office space in the City of London than firms in the financial sector during 2012, according to the latest figures from Knight Frank Research.
TMT firms accounted for 931,000 sq ft of offices in the first nine months of the year, up 39 percent on the 670,000 sq ft acquired in the equivalent period of 2011. The financial sector, on the other hand, has acquired 620,000 sq ft so far this year, down from 680,000 sq ft in the same period last year.
The City of London is an area that is renowned for being dominated by big banks, and the figures are likely to come as good news to the government, which has made a string of announcements around trying to nurture a flourishing technology start-up scene.
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