Addison Lee's moving to a larger HQ as it expands globally

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The Calryle Group-backed company is moving to Paddington Basin (Source: PR)

Addison Lee is moving its headquarters to a new office as it pursues global expansion.

The taxi firm plans to take up 25,000 sq ft of space in The Point building in Paddington Basin where there will be room to grow its current London-based staff of 350.

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The move will also see the firm take inspiration from the startup world as it follows an "agile" way of working that's typically embraced by tech companies, with open plan arrangements and hot-desking for workers.

The set up will give the firm more flexibility in a market that is at the centre of disruption with the rise of ride-hailing firms such as Uber.

Owned by private equity firm Carlyle Group, Addison Lee launched in New York in September and those operations will be supported from London. It is also ramping things up with the hiring of 1,000 new drivers in the UK to keep up with demand.

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“Addison Lee’s investment in a new global HQ and in world-class facilities across the UK demonstrates belief in our future, people and in Britain as a great place to do business," said chief executive Andy Boland.

“While our focus is global, we’re a business with a London heritage, and recent demand shows a huge opportunity for us in our home city.”

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