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Wednesday
Oct262016

Post-Brexit: Will Financial Services Firms Leave London?

London’s financial districts provide London’s financial services firms with an ecosystem like no other, but could this now be under threat?

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series on the state of the financial services industry.

Over the weekend it was widely reported that Brexit could mean the end of the city’s financial district as we know it. Whispers by top industry representatives even warned that banks could start leaving London before Christmas as the industry struggles to adjust to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit more than any other sector of the economy, both in the degree of its effect and implications. London has long been seen as the epicentre of the financial market in Europe. But rising real estate costs have led companies to move outside the Capital. With the recent Brexit vote causing many firms to have their hands ‘quivering over the relocate button’, is it likely that this spread will continue to secondary cities like Birmingham? Or will companies establish a stronger presence in Mainland Europe?

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Monday
Oct242016

Designing a Campus to Drive a Culture of Innovation

Confidential Financial Services Firm, Photography by Christopher Barrett, Image © Gensler

This post is part of a series of blog posts on Gensler’s 2016 Workplace Surveys.

Innovation—be it disruptive, transformative, groundbreaking, radical, revolutionary, incremental, ad hoc, or just by itself—the word is everywhere today. So ubiquitous is its use that many people argue it doesn’t really mean anything anymore; a Harvard Business Review article suggests that we should retire the term altogether

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Thursday
Oct202016

Office Amenities Galore Coming to Chicago’s West Loop

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Chicago’s West Loop has quickly transformed from meatpacking district to the see-and-be-seen urban destination for creative, tech and office-rise, warehouse-style buildings with unobstructed views of the Chicago skyline. It’s a draw for people looking for a dynamic urban neighborhood replete with Michelin starred restaurants and loft-style housing, all within a ten minute walk of The Loop. New hotels including the recently-opened Soho House and upcoming Nobu Hotel, Ace Hotel and Hoxton Hotel will further diversify the neighborhood offering to make the West Loop a destination to live, work and play for Chicago residents and tourists alike.

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Monday
Oct102016

How to Add Vibrancy to Latin America's Finance Workforce

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Editor's Note: This post is part of a series on the state of the financial services industry.

Let’s get real for a second. Latin American countries, people, and culture are vibrant, musical, bubbly, and social, with strong family bonds (kids live with their parents well into their thirties or until marriage). Play some music in any office in Latin America on a Friday around 5:30pm and you will have a dancing and singing party, or “Planchaton,” in no time!

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Monday
Oct032016

Tech Trends of 2016: Campus Co-Working 

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Tech firms are playing a significant role in changing the way we work. Tech and start-up culture has long recognized the benefits of co-working spaces and their relationship to fostering innovation. Now, more traditional industries, including media, healthcare and finance, are recognizing this modern work style’s appeal: serendipitous encounters, community, the free exchange of advice/ideas and shared purpose.

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