Tomorrow the UK goes to the polls in the EU referendum. This week we’ve been bringing you the stories of our EU #TechTalent who have come here to study and work, and contribute not only to Qubit, but also the UK itself. Their skills and talent are helping power the emerging UK tech economy and at Qubit we want to celebrate just how valuable they are.
The ability to access Europe’s best talent easily has played a key role in helping Qubit become one of the 50 fastest-growing business in the UK. These skilled digital individuals come from across the European Union to join London’s thriving tech scene, contribute to our business and enrich our community. This week we’re looking at their #TechTalent stories: how they came to Qubit and their thoughts on London as a leading city in the European digital economy.
At Qubit’s London HQ almost 30% of our employees are non-British EU nationals. They play key roles across all of our teams, supporting our growth as a business and enriching our community at the same time. They are also adding their talent and skills to London’s thriving tech scene. We have decided to throw the spotlight on the #TechTalent stories that brought these talented digital individuals to Qubit and their take on the UK’s place at the heart of the emerging digital economy.
The financial world is experiencing a digital transformation, and at our financial services breakfast last week, from the themes discussed by our speakers, it became clear that the industry is already changing, with financial services providers (FSPs) looking to move beyond fast follower territory and into true market leadership. Many are already embracing new technologies to compete against challengers who have eaten into market share in recent years.
For many the creation of a European “mega-platform” remains unlikely in the extreme (Guardian, December 2015). The stumbling block for some is fundamental cultural differences between Europe and the rest of the world. Others point to the failure of Quaero, and sale of companies like Skype before they reached maturity, to explain why a European “Amazon” will never be a reality (Financial Times, January 2016).
Talk about Black Friday “greying out” is nothing new.
What is new is that this year UK supermarket retailer Asda - who pioneered Black Friday in the UK – has consciously uncoupled from the event.
Instead of a mega day of discounts, Asda is offering £26 million-worth of discounts across the whole holiday season due to “shopper fatigue” (Guardian, November 2015).
Welcome to the good times.
Travel brands are surging ahead with $600 billion in online travel sales in 2014 (PR Newswire, 2015). Airlines, for example, have had their most profitable quarter since 2007, in large part due to the key role now played by extra add-on fees.