Fintech leader joined innovation leaders making International Towers, Tower Two and Tower Three, their home
It was more than a numbers game for world-leading, online financial trading business, CMC Markets (CMC), which relocated its Sydney CBD headquarters to International Towers at Barangaroo this week.
CMC Markets CEO Dr Peter Cruddas said the unique innovation community and flexibility to grow within International Towers, were key factors in the decision to make the shift.
“We were not in the market for space, but when we saw what is on offer and what is being planned for International Towers we were compelled to make the shift immediately,” said Dr Cruddas. “We are big believers in the impact of space and place on company morale and growth, and it’s clear that International Towers is committed to creating a progressive, high-performance, innovation culture which runs across tenancies. We see great benefits for our team and clients in being part of this unique community - it was an opportunity we couldn’t afford to miss.”
Established in 1989, operating in Australia since 2002, and listed on the London Stock Exchange, the dynamic Fintech leader services retail and institutional clients through 15 regulated offices, with a significant presence in the UK, Australia, Germany and Singapore.
CMC Markets has a long history of innovation, releasing the first internet FX trading platform in 1996 which made FX trading accessible to a much wider retail audience. Since then, CMC has spent over USD100 million developing its trading software and expanding its product range to include CFDs, stockbroking and spread betting. In March 2017, CMC Markets entered a major stockbroking partnership with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (“ANZ”) which will result in CMC becoming the second-largest stockbroker in Australia.
With a unique approach to placemaking, International Towers is curating its tenants for the two buildings, selecting diverse organisations with aligned values, including a commitment to innovation, sustainability, collaboration and community.
New tenants under the curated tenancy scheme include CMC Markets, The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and Indigenous dance company Bangarra Dance Theatre. These organisations join the community of established innovation leaders within International Towers, Tower Two and Tower Three, including: KPMG and its recently-opened Innovation Lab; award winning law firm Gilbert + Tobin; leading global reinsurer Swiss Re; innovative international property and infrastructure group, Lendlease, which developed International Towers, Towers One, Two and Three; and Westpac Group, demonstrating its new WorkSMART workplace strategy. Both KPMG and Westpac Group were voted Top Graduate Employers of 2017.
International Towers General Manager Mr Tony Byrne said the new placemaking model brought workers together in an open environment inspiring growth, collaboration and employee satisfaction.
“International Towers recognises that for many enterprises, workplace culture has shifted away from rigid constructs and hierarchical models towards a more informal, social experience which inspires more innovative and creative thinking and creates a powerful sense of belonging.