A new HQ for Emperor

Posted in News on 29 November 2021
By Kingsley James, Executive Chairman

Zetland House in the busy Shoreditch area of London has been a fantastic HQ for Emperor for over 20 years and it will always be a huge part of the Emperor story. 

In January, we will start the year in our new home, The White Chapel Building just a stone’s throw away in neighbouring Aldgate East. 

Photographed by Jonathan Reid

Over the years, our HQ had some limitations that prevented us from creating the working environment that we now aspire to for our partners and our clients. And with the move originally planned for 2020, we were lucky to be able to stay put during the pandemic until we were ready to start the search again. 

We are now preparing the new space to be the Emperor office we aspire to. We want it to be somewhere that all our partners enjoy spending time and somewhere for them to produce their best work. Functionally robust with meeting rooms, phone pods and break-out spaces that allow us to be effective and produce our best work, but also somewhere for us to gather and to socialise and relax. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for us to begin 2022 in a working environment that we’re all proud to be part of and that meets our needs. We know that we will all be spending part of our working lives at home, but when we head to the office, we want everyone to feel excited, stimulated and motivated. 



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