Our “Global Offices” blog series features a Q&A each month with one of Exponential’s offices across the globe. This month, we chatted with the London office to find out their favorite activities, local spots and the mottos that drive them. Many thanks to Sarah Innes and Jason Trout.
What year did this office open?
The London office opened in late 2009 with four people, one of whom is Doug Conely.
How many Exponential employees are at this office? Which departments are represented and how do the job functions relate to clients?
There are 18 people in the UK office. [The departments represented here are] Sales, Product, Marketing, Account Management, Finance, HR and Doug. And Jason. The Sales and Account Management teams meet with clients every day. Increasingly, the Product team are also involved in client meetings.
Why do clients love working with the London office?
Clients love working with the London office because we are pioneering in our approach to problem solving. We are transparent in our dealings with clients and all of our stakeholders. Finally, we leverage the huge Expo org to deliver best practice, insight and performance. Clients often recommend us to other clients.
What are some favorite activities the office enjoys doing together?
We love to play a game of LCR, enjoy quizzes hosted by our quizmaster Tim Sleath, fitness workouts on the roof terrace, drinks on a Friday, baking competitions and Marmite on toast eating competitions.
What does your office love most about London? Any favorite local spots?
Our roof terrace in the summer, the Tate Modern across the road, visiting the Golden Hind ship, taking in a play at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. We love visiting our favourite restaurant in London, Ciao Bella. Taking a lunchtime walk next to the Thames and looking forward to President Trump visiting London later this year.
Any team mottos?
‘A fool with a tool is still a fool’
‘Monstra mihi pecuniam!’
‘If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style’
‘Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!’
What is one interesting fact most people don’t know about the London office?
The London office building (95 Southwark Street) was originally a children’s orphanage opened in 1882, by James Fegan and his wife Mary. Housing to up to 150 boys, they were taught various trades and skills to enable them to earn their own livelihood. Some of the boys emigrated to Canada where Fegan had set up a distributing home in Toronto.
We have an unconsecrated burial ground (Crossbones) dating back to the 12th Century just around the corner from the office. This is where the Bishop of Winchester granted prostitutes in the borough legal permission to practice their trade. As they were not free to be buried on church ground, their bodies were buried in Crossbones burial ground. Centuries went by and the burial ground also became a resting place for witches and workhouse orphans. It closed in the early 19th Century because it was “Overcharged with the dead”. In the 1870s Lord Brabizon successfully vetoed plans to develop on the site. 15,000 people are buried there and the gates have become an impromptu shrine decorated with ribbons and trinkets. Vigils are held every month also attended by witches.
Britain’s first ever self-service petrol station opened in 1961 on the same street as the London office.
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