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Mayor Boris praises SwiftKey for new London HQ

We’re excited to share that SwiftKey has received support from London Mayor Boris Johnson after moving into a brand new three-storey HQ in the UK capital.

“It is absolutely great to see more and more innovative companies like SwiftKey setting up new headquarters in London. It’s terrific to see young, tech-savvy Londoners getting meaningful work in this burgeoning industry,” the Mayor said.

“I wish SwiftKey all the best with their new headquarters in Southwark. It’s another feather in the cap of Europe’s tech capital,” he added.

SwiftKey CEO Jon Reynolds talks to some of the event attendees, including Carl Uminski of Somo Global.

SwiftKey CEO Jon Reynolds, left

The new base in Southwark, central London, spans three floors that are dedicated to working, brainstorming and innovating on products like SwiftKey and other treats that we’ve yet to reveal.

There’s room for a full-size ping pong table, bean-bag breakout areas and eight meeting rooms named after some of the inventors that we’re inspired by. We also have smaller offices in San Francisco and Seoul.

The move couldn’t have come at a better time for us, as we’ve doubled our workforce in the last six months alone with some incredibly talented new team members.

SwiftKey CTO Ben Medlock

SwiftKey CTO Ben Medlock, middle

We recently threw an office warming to welcome our new team members and other friends of the business to our new space. Attendees included several of our London-based VIP community members, bloggers and startup founders.

As a small and growing business, we feel passionately about supporting the ecosystem we’re part of. That’s why we chose other startups and small companies to be our suppliers – chef Laurent from Housebites rustled up the amazing canapes and guests sipped on beers from the Meantime Brewery, fresh cocktails created by Mixology Events and Sauvignon Blanc from Borough Wines. We nibbled brownies from the Cinnamon Tree Bakery and hitched a ride home with Uber cars, who offered a discount to guests who were first time riders.

You can have a look at pictures from the party and our new workspace here on Flickr and also on our Facebook page (have you liked us yet?!).

  • Scott

    If you need that many people and an HQ in the world’s most-overpriced city to write a keyboard app, you’re *really* doing it wrong.

  • http://www.swiftkey.net Ruth Barnett

    Thanks for your comment Scott. We’re actually a pretty lean team despite our significant growth, promise! We’re very proud of our consumer app and we need innovative developers to keep making it better, languages engineers to roll out new languages and some expert customer support staff.

    But there’s more behind the scenes. We deal directly with manufacturers (we tend not to be able to talk about who for commercial confidentiality reasons) and also have our award-winning SwiftKey Healthcare product which is already being used by hundreds of clinicians. Fancy joining us? ;) http://www.swiftkey.net/careers

    Ruth

  • Flora

    Hi Ruth
    When will SwiftKey be available for the UK kindle fire? I’m going mad trying to use the Amazon keyboard when I am used to using SwiftKey on my smartphone.
    Regards
    Flora

  • Charlie Edmunds

    Hi Flora,

    We’d love to make SwiftKey for the Kindle Fire, but right now Amazon does not allow the it to use 3rd-party keyboards (in the US, the UK, or anywhere else). The bit of code that allows SwiftKey (and other keyboards) to work on other Android phones and tablets is blocked in the Kindle Fire.

    Maybe we should get a petition together to ask them to open up the keyboard? :-)

    Charlie

  • Flora

    Hi Charlie
    Thanks for replying. Maybe we should all email Jeff Bezos – after all Amazon are supposed to be customer focused. Or we could get Boris to put the case to him directly. Here’s hoping that Amazon open up their walled garden to the products that consumers want.
    Regards
    Flora

  • James

    When can we expect the beta version of flow in vip. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks.

  • Isabel

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    user of internet thus from now I am using net for content, thanks to web.

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