Translate:

More than 200,000 London businesses likely to claim new .london web address

More than 200,000 small businesses in London say they are likely to register a new .london internet address when the domain names go on sale at the end of April.

Martha Lane Fox

A YouGov survey of small businesses in London found that more than one in four (26 per cent, equivalent to 218,140 companies ¹) were likely to register for a .london web address. Almost half (48 per cent) of those said they would do so because they are proud to be a London business ², 41 per cent said a .london web address would help customers find them more easily and 27 per cent said it would help generate more sales.

The survey was conducted on behalf of London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional organisation for London.

.london web addresses will go on sale on April 29 making London one of the first cities in the world to launch its own domain. It will mark the start of a three-month period when Londoners will be given priority in reserving a new .london web address. Trademark holders will also have priority in securing their .london domain.

Gordon Innes, Chief Executive of London & Partners said: “This is an incredible response from London’s small business community which sees .london as an opportunity to claim an exciting new web address that is uniquely associated with our city’s powerful brand. We already know that tens of thousands of businesses have expressed an interest in a .london web address including major brands like Selfridges, Radisson Blu Edwardian and Carnaby. This latest survey of small business owners gives us confidence that other organisations and individuals will be just as excited about .london when the domains go on sale on April 29.”

Martha Lane Fox, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, co-founder lastminute.com and former Government digital champion said: “The new generic domain names are a big change to the web. .london offers businesses and organisations in the capital a chance to be at the cutting edge of that change and show the world how innovative they can be.”

In 2013 London & Partners, with the support of the Mayor of London secured the new .london domain in a deal with ICANN, the global internet body.  ICANN is set to release more than one thousand new generic top-level domains in response to demand for more relevant internet addresses, representing the biggest expansion of the domain space for decades. Internet registrars – companies that sell domain names – say there has been huge interest in .london.

Matt Mansell, Group Managing Director of internet registrar 123-reg.co.uk said: “We’ve had thousands and thousands of expressions of interest in the new top-level domains and .london is certainly one of the most popular. The city is riding high after the Olympics and the .london domain will help businesses and organisations capitalise on the national and international interest in London.”

Sarah Haran, Managing Director of internet registrar Easyspace, said: “We’ve had more customers register their interest in .london so far than any of the other extensions. It’s encouraging to see the number of businesses in and around London who understand how much they can gain by associating themselves more closely with one of the world’s leading brands.”

Londoners registering a .london domain will receive a new web address that is more relevant, easy to remember and instantly identifies them as being located in London. Dozens of leading brands have recognised the attraction of a .london web address and are backing the new domain, including ABP, Museum of London and Society of London Theatre.

Nick Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Meantime Brewing Company said: “Meantime is a company with its roots firmly planted in the fabric of London. Innovation and creativity is at the heart of everything we do. As London prepares to embark on an exciting new chapter in the digital evolution of business in the city, we are excited to support and celebrate the introduction of .london.”

David Pegler, Chief Executive Officer of ExCeL London said: “London is one of the world’s leading destinations for event organisers. Last year we welcomed over 3.6 million visitors to ExCeL London, of which 900,000 were international business tourists. That activity generated £2.9 billion of economic impact and supported 31,000 jobs. A .london internet address will magnify our global reach and support us in bringing world class events to London from the rest of the UK and abroad.”

Information on the new .london domain is available online at www.mydotlondon.com

ENDS.

Notes to Editors

¹ YouGov conducted an online poll of 1,001 Small business decision makers in London between 10th – 21st January. Firms polled all had between 0-49 employees. The survey was conducted online.

26 per cent of respondents said they were likely to register a .london domain. There are 839,000 SMEs in London according to ‘Business Population Estimates 2013’ which is published by the Department of Business Innovation & Skills. 26% of 839,000 = 218,140. Figures are calculated by London & Partners.

² 48 per cent of those saying they were likely to register a .london domain said they would do so because they were proud to be a London business and wanted to associate the business with London.

About London & Partners:
London & Partners is the official promotional organisation for London. Our company attracts and delivers value to business, students and visitors. London & Partners is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and a network of commercial partners.

Our remit is to drive leisure and business visitors as well as bidding to secure major events in London, to unlock the city for overseas businesses who want to set up or expand in London and to promote the capital’s world class universities to international students.

Our intention is to work in partnership with organisations in London and across the world to deliver our goal - that London be globally recognised as the best big city on earth.

For more information visit www.londonandpartners.com     

About Dot London:
London & Partners has set up a subsidiary, Dot London Domains Ltd to operate the new registry. It has procured a Registry Services Provider, Minds + Machines, which is working in partnership to set up and operate the domain. .london will operate on a commercial basis and any surplus profits will be re-invested for the benefit of London.

There are guidelines set out by ICANN for new top-level domains that cover areas such as disputes, complaints, the protection of trademark holders and law enforcement.

More information can be found at www.mydotlondon.com

About Minds + Machines:
Minds + Machines is the Registry Services Provider for Dot London. The company works internationally with commercial organisations, cities, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs to secure and operate new Internet domains, known as top-level domains (TLDs). Minds and Machines Ltd is a wholly owned London-based subsidiary of Top Level Domains Holdings Ltd, which is quoted on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

More information can be found at http://mindsandmachines.com   

About ICANN:
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) manages internet domains. It was founded in 1998 and is responsible for the internet’s system of unique identifiers and ensures the internet’s stability and security.

More information can be found at http://www.icann.org

Contact

For interview requests for the CEO of London & Partners Gordon Innes and the Deputy Mayor for London for Business and Enterprise and Chairman of London & Partners Kit Malt house please contact:

Martin Greig, Media & PR Manager: mgreig@londonandpartners.com / +44 207 234 5789 / +44 7920 759019

Or Tamzen Isacsson, Head of Media and PR
+44 7917 372965 / tisacsson@londonandpartners.com  

Twitter:
@mydotlondon
@London_PR