The new investment is part of the company’s boost to UK innovation and is set to provide additional capacity for over 1,000 new “highly skilled” roles.
The new corporate office in Manchester will be located in the city’s Hanover Building in the Northern Quarter. The six-storey, 90,000 sq ft site is expected to create at least 600 new roles in the city. Alongside the new Manchester office, Amazon will also expand its Development Centre in the heart of Edinburgh, creating more than 250 roles and its Cambridge Development Centre will also be expanded, creating an additional 180 roles.
Amazon has 17 fulfilment centres and over 40 delivery stations in the UK, a total of over 100 buildings to run its businesses and deliver goods and services to customers. Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than £9.3bn in the UK to build and run its operations, and is on course to grow to 27,500 roles – including over 6,500 roles in its corporate, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and R&D divisions – by the end of this year.
Secretary of state for international trade, Liam Fox MP, said: “Ensuring that the world’s best and brightest companies continue to invest and innovate in the UK is at the heart of our Global Britain agenda. Amazon’s decision to create hundreds of highly-skilled jobs in Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge is an enormous vote of confidence in the UK and a signal to the world that the UK is very much open for business.”
Doug Gurr, UK country manager, Amazon, added: “With the UK taking a leading role in our global innovation, we are delighted to announce plans to create capacity for over 1,000 new highly-skilled roles across the country. These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the UK.”