One of the biggest software publishers in the world welcomed its local MP for a meeting about its creative and digital marketing technologies.
Adobe – which produces Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver software programmes – welcomed Theresa May, the MP for Maidenhead and Windsor, to its European headquarters in Maidenhead on Friday, January 16.
The Home Secretary met with the senior European leadership team, including Adobe EMEA President Mark Zablan, for a briefing on Adobe’s future plans in the UK, and a demonstration of how the company’s creative and digital marketing technologies are powering the successful online operations of the UK’s largest companies and government departments.
Following the meeting, Mr. Zablan shared his vision for Adobe’s support for the local area.
He said: “Adobe chose to house its European headquarters in Maidenhead in 2011 owing to the favourable business conditions and close transport links through to London. In 2014, we recruited a number of people to our Maidenhead office and over the next year as our business continues to be successful, we remain committed to increasing our overall UK headcount further, with a significant proportion of those new hires based in our Maidenhead office.”
As part of the visit, the Home Secretary had the opportunity to view artwork from the Adobe Youth Voices Awards (AYV), a global initiative for students aged 13-19 to use digital media to express their vision for driving positive change in their communities.
The AYV is just one of the community initiatives that Adobe runs out of its Maidenhead office.
Its Community Fund allocated £23,000 in 2014 in support of local projects in Maidenhead, such as Young Enterprise which helps young people to hone their entrepreneurial skills, and the Learning to Work programme which assists young people with CV writing, interview training and career days.
Zablan said that Adobe is wants to be active in the area.
He added: “We’re committed to supporting the local communities that we operate in. We will continue to work with community leaders to help prepare local youth for working life, and nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.”