BigCommerce announced today they plan to open their first European office in the heart of London during the third quarter of the year.
The office, which will house business development, sales, marketing, and customer support personnel, is expected to grow to 20 employees within the next year.
With the opening, BigCommerce will be represented on three continents with offices in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific region.
“We serve a growing, international community of retailers, and we want to provide the best possible service to all of our customers. Establishing a presence in Europe has long been an aspiration of ours, and this London office will allow us to deliver more tailored programs and service to our customers and partners across Europe.”
Brent Bellm, CEO for BigCommerce
This new UK office by BigCommerce will help the company attract more European merchants to join a group that already includes recognized brands like AwesomeGTI, Kier Limited, Olive, Physiq Apparel, Trust Ford and Tabitha Simmons.
Europe Expansion Part of Significant Growth in 2018
The announcement was made at London Tech Week 2018, a week-long festival of tech and innovation. The new UK office builds on the exceptional growth the company has reached this year, which includes milestones such as:
- A $64 million growth funding round led by Goldman Sachs. The financial backing will help accelerate international expansion, product roadmaps and growth initiatives for the more than 60,000 merchants across 120 countries that are powered by the BigCommerce platform.
- International support for shopping on Instagram capabilities. Merchants outside the U.S., including in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain and numerous other European geographies, can create shoppable posts that allow Instagram users to make purchases without leaving the Instagram experience.
- New commerce-as-a-service initiatives. Store owners and developers working anywhere in the world can integrate and scale eCommerce functions with leading content management systems, including WordPress, blending content and commerce into engaging experiences that global consumers desire.
“London is a hotbed for innovation and is Europe’s capital of technology. With a diverse tech talent pool and more software developers than any other European city, London is an ideal destination for U.S. tech businesses looking to expand internationally. We look forward to welcoming BigCommerce to London, and it offers further proof that London is open for international tech investment.”
Rajesh Agrawal, deputy mayor of London, chairman of London & Partners and London Tech Week ambassador