No Daily Mail, just no

Inside Google’s new UK HQ with sleep pods, running track, £17,000 sofas and free food (so maybe they can afford to pay a bit more tax after all)

If they spend more on the offices then this reduces their profits and so they will pay less in tax.

14 thoughts on “No Daily Mail, just no”

  1. Over at the Guardian they’ve been proving that their journalists have to actively fail any sort of literacy test before being allowed to work there. The Daily Mail is proving journalists have to also fail maths as well. I didn’t realise this is what they meant by meritocracy.

  2. That’s where the marketing and HR departments will hang out, ‘interacting’ and ‘creating value’, while real people do the real work somewhere else.

  3. Or… they’d rather spend their profits on anything to avoid having them taxed.

    Good. Cos then the money spent is happily working through the productive side of the economy rather than being pissed up the wall by some fuckwit in Shitehall.

  4. @ john malpas. Definitely. When I worked at the CSIRO we occupied a set of nondescript buildings close to where most of the employees lived. Cue divisional empire builders and politicians. Result: a very fancy new building with a glass walled 5-storey atrium. Everyone had to cross to the wrong side of Perth via a bottleneck appropriately known as the “Narrows Bridge” to get to work. The building cost so much to heat and cool that within two years my division was shedding staff to save costs. That included me. I wasn’t sorry to go, I was fed up with the hassle and inconvenience.

  5. Big corporations work in the same way as government.

    Spending 17,000 on a sofa may seem a lot, but a third of a penny (say) per employee on HQ furnishings is absolutely nothing at all.

    As we all know from economics, big companies will always out-compete small companies due to economies of scale. It’s why you’ve never heard of Indian corner shops.

  6. Headline:
    > Inside Google’s new UK HQ with £17,000 sofas

    > interiors are furnished by Vitra, which sells sofas for up to £17,000

    So no, the sofas in Google’s HQ aren’t necessarily the £17,000 ones. And even if they were, you can be sure they got a sizeable discount.

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