GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES UK COMPANY AFRAME OPENING NORTH AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS IN BOSTON
Following successful trade mission to the United Kingdom in 2011, company chooses Massachusetts to establish U.S. headquarters
Governor Patrick discusses the successes of the 2011 UK-Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission at MIT’s Media Lab in Cambridge. (Photo: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office). View additional photos.
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – Monday, March 26, 2012 – Building on the success of last year’s trade mission to the United Kingdom, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today joined United Kingdom-based Aframe CEO David Peto to announce the opening of the company’s North American headquarters in Boston.
“I’m delighted that Aframe has chosen Massachusetts as its North American headquarters,” said Governor Patrick. “This is just one of the many successes we have seen from last year’s trade mission, and Aframe is a great example of the strong bond between Massachusetts and the UK that we are cultivating.”
Governor Patrick made the announcement at the UK-Massachusetts Innovation Economy Conference, marking the one-year anniversary of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission to Israel and the United Kingdom in March 2011. The conference, held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, was organized by the British Consulate-General and included remarks from Minister Mark Prisk, UK Consul General to New England Phil Budden and a panel discussion with innovators from across New England.
Aframe is the world’s first all-encompassing cloud video production service for video producers, broadcasters, marketing agencies and any business or individual working with moving images. The company’s expansion into the United States will bring ten senior-level technical and sales professional jobs to Massachusetts.
“Today's event with Governor Patrick demonstrates the strength of the commercial links between the UK and Massachusetts,” said Consul General Budden. “The Governor's trade mission last year helped solidify this relationship, which drives prosperity and innovation in both parts of the world. British businesses know that Massachusetts is a welcome and open market in which they can succeed, and I'm pleased Aframe has chosen Boston for its North American headquarters.”
In March 2011 Governor Patrick, joined by a delegation of Massachusetts business leaders and government officials, traveled to London and Cambridge, England, to explore opportunities for economic collaboration between the UK and Massachusetts, specifically in the growing innovation sector. The mission allowed business leaders and government officials to meet with counterparts in the United Kingdom as well as foster growing relationships between Massachusetts companies and UK companies.
As a result of the trade mission, several UK companies have chosen to make Massachusetts their U.S. headquarters, including: TotalMobile, which announced it was growing 100 jobs in Westborough; Sagentia, a UK-based global innovation, technology and product development company, which expanded its offices and added 25 jobs; and Cambridge Consultants, a UK-based company, which increased its Massachusetts workforce by 50 employees.
In addition, IDBS, a leading international software company, chose Burlington for its U.S. Healthcare Center of Excellence, which will grow jobs and expand the local economy. As a result of the trade mission, an agreement was also reached between the stem cell bank and registry housed at the University of Massachusetts and the UK stem cell bank, which will open up new collaboration in the life sciences.
“Our plan to continue our economic growth in Massachusetts includes strengthening an innovation economy that is already one of the best in the world,” said Greg Bialecki, Massachusetts secretary of Housing and Economic Development. “Aframe’s unique and creative technology is a welcome addition to our high-tech industries and we are happy to have them here in Massachusetts.”
The United Kingdom and Massachusetts have had a strong partnership throughout the Patrick-Murray Administration. In Massachusetts today, there are nearly 500 companies with UK ties operating in the Commonwealth. Of these, 225 UK-owned firms in the state employ over 40,000 Massachusetts residents. The UK is the second-largest market for Massachusetts exports, valued at more than $3 billion in 2011.
The Patrick-Murray Administration continues to make growing the Massachusetts economy through supporting small businesses a top priority. Recently, Governor Patrick announced that the Administration is streamlining and rescinding state regulations to improve government efficiencies and reduce extra burdens on small businesses, helping small businesses continue to thrive and create jobs through a systematic review of state regulations. Also, no new regulation will be issued without serious consideration of impact and input of small businesses.