October 2, 2012, London, United Kingdom
Commerce Guys, the leading eCommerce specialists working with Drupal, is expanding to the United Kingdom—the world’s second largest eCommerce market—with the opening of a new London office. Located in the innovative East London technology hub, Tech City, the office is expected to make 12 hires within its first year and 40 additional hires in the next two to three years. John Kennedy, regional director for the U.K., will head up Commerce Guys’ operations in the area.
“There is an amazing opportunity for partnerships with incredible brands in the U.K. that share Commerce Guys’ focus on the customer experience,” said Kennedy. “We’re excited to bring the dexterity of Drupal and our open-source eCommerce expertise to the diverse community of U.K. integrators and merchants.”
The London office’s early focus will be on specialised training and professional services surrounding Commerce Guys’ flexible open-source eCommerce solutions, as well as raising Drupal awareness in the region.
Drupal is the popular open-source Web infrastructure that powers the Commerce Guys’ solutions Commerce Kickstart 2.0 and Drupal Commerce. The company has plans to sponsor and promote Drupal informational and training events within coming months throughout London.
Commerce Guys will kick off efforts with a strong presence at the eCommerce Expo 2012 in London, taking place at the Olympia Exhibition Centre October 2-3, where Kennedy will be a featured speaker.
The London office will work in close cooperation with local digital agencies and integrators to provide an end-to-end service. Kennedy has an extensive Web background, launching successful eCommerce and payment processing businesses in Australia, as well as managing multi-million pound projects for Pearson Education in London.
“John is a dynamic individual with a broad base of experience including proven expertise with open-source eCommerce,” said Frédéric Plais, CEO, Commerce Guys. “We are very fortunate to have found such a great community voice for Commerce Guys and we expect him to get things up and running quickly in the U.K.”
Featured in Gartner Inc.’s Cool Vendors in E-Commerce 2012 report, Commerce Guys’ mission is to serve Internet merchants by helping them leverage the power of Drupal for their online stores with cutting-edge technology, expertise and open-source collaboration.