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Google to expand in UK, invest £1 billion

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Google is to open a new headquarters building in London which could see 3,000 new jobs created by 2020.

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The news comes as a major boost to Britain's technology sector. CEO Sundar Pichai told the BBC that the UK was still an attractive place to do business.

He said open borders and free movement for skilled migrants were "absolutely" important to the success of the technology sector in the UK.

Although Google refused to be drawn on the cost of the UK investment, development experts said the new building in King's Cross and the cost of employing thousands more staff was likely to put the figure at over £1 billion.

At present, Google employs around 4,000 people in the UK, a figure that could now rise to 7,000. The office space owned by Google in King's Cross will more than double.

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