600 new jobs are set to be created as the multinational corporation expands its operations in Manchester, with global investment continuing to pour into one of the fastest growing cities in Europe.
- Amazon has announced it will open a new corporate headquarters in Manchester city centre in 2019
- 600 jobs will be created, as the huge internet firm expands on its current operations in the city
- It follows similar announcements from other global businesses, with firms looking to capitalise on Manchester’s status as one of Europe’s fastest growing cities
First came its vast fulfilment centre in 2016.
Now multinational corporation Amazon has announced plans to expand its operations in Manchester further, this time with a new headquarters located in the city centre.
The corporate office, the first in the UK outside of London, will open in 2019 in the Hanover Building of Manchester’s NOMA district. Amazon says 600 new jobs will be created, with employees focused on “developing exciting new products and services used by Amazon customers around the world”.
It follows the opening of the internet giant’s fulfilment centre at Airport City. With an area the size of three and a half football pitches, the huge site employs 1,200 people and puts Manchester at the heart of Amazon’s global distribution network.
Commenting on the plans for the corporate headquarters, Doug Gurr, Head of Amazon UK, said: “Manchester was at the heart of the industrial revolution and has a fantastic history of innovation. (Today) the city offers an incredibly talented workforce and a budding tech scene with some of the most exciting, fast-growing tech companies in the UK situated here.”
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, added: “Greater Manchester is building a global reputation as a leading hub, both for multinational companies and start-ups.”
Amazon is just one of a long list of global multinationals that are increasing their presence away from London and identifying the potential of opening offices in one of Europe’s fastest growing cities.
As recently as August 2018, Booking Holdings, the firm behind hotel website Booking.com, announced that it is investing £100 million in real estate in Manchester city centre to open a new hub in 2020, the second largest behind its head office in Amsterdam.