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  • 17 April 2014, 7:29

West Ham Among First To Net .London Domain

Premier League football club West Ham has become one of the first businesses to sign up for a .london domain name.

Department store Selfridges, the London Eye, the Meantime brewery and the London School of Economics have also signed up for the localised extension.

From April 29, companies in the capital are able to apply for the domain as an alternative to the or .com addresses.

Global internet body Icann is in the process of introducing more than 1,000 new web addresses - a move seen as one of the biggest changes online since the invention of the World Wide Web.

While several major cities will have their own domain names, London is the first to announce its initial users.

The first sites go live on April 29, and London-based firms have a three-month preference window in which to purchase a .london domain.

Mayor Boris Johnson said: "There is enormous interest in .london from businesses right across the capital, not just from high street brands but from the small businesses that are the lifeblood of London's economy.

"London leads the world in technology and our businesses are among the most dynamic and innovative anywhere, so it is no surprise so many see .london for the great opportunity it presents them."

Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham, said: "As the traditional London club, with roots formed at the heart of the East End in 1895, a move to become the first football club to use the .london domain is a natural fit for West Ham United."

The new domain was officially launched at Covent Garden Market, with businesswoman and Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden offering her support for the scheme.

As part of the launch, the 40 businesses leading the scheme have written an open letter calling on more companies to follow suit and support the new domain name as a way of boosting the economy in London.