Vancouver Mobile App Maker Opens London Office

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QuickMobile has hired EMEA general manager Banks Holcombe to head its U.K. office

The Vancouver-based developer of mobile event apps opens its EMEA office in London, making it the latest local tech company to open up shop in the U.K.

Vancouver’s QuickMobile announced Monday that it will open a London office to support its enterprise customers and partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Prior to opening its U.K. office, QuickMobile had been expanding its partnerships with global event companies including BI Worldwide, AIMIA, PSAV Jack Morton and IBAHN.

“We’ve been doing events in Europe for some time now and we realized it was time to have a business development office as well as to support and provide service in real time for our events in Europe,” says Patrick Payne, QuickMobile’s CEO.

QuickMobile builds content management systems for corporate events, which allow event planners to design digital brochures, coordinate services and solicit feedback from attendees. The company counts Google, AnheuserBusch and Pepsi as clients.

The company raised $3.2 million in its most recent round of financing, building on the $3.3 million it received from investors led by BDC Venture Capital IT Fund in 2012, and $2.6 million in equity investments QuickMobile received in 2011 from Vancity and angel investors. QuickMobile currently employs 180 out of its Vancouver office and is looking at opening an office in Asia later this year.

Last July social media management company HootSuite opened up its first European office in London to service its customers in Europe. Market research software developer Vision Critical recently expanded its presence in London as well, doubling its staff to 53 in the U.K. office.