Internet giant Amazon has announced it is opening a corporate office in Manchester and is bringing 600 jobs to the city. The Hanover Building which will serve as Amazon’s home is located in the NOMA area of the city, in a move that is a major coup for the region.
The aim is for the Manchester office to open in 2019 – bringing hundreds of new jobs to the city. Hanover Building will be Amazon’s first UK corporate office outside of London and will be home to a wide variety of teams.
The teams will work on projects that benefit Amazon’s customers around the world, including software development, machine learning and research and development. New employees at the Manchester office will complement teams working on global innovation in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh.
Doug Gurr, Head of Amazon in the UK comments: “Manchester was at the heart of the industrial revolution and has a fantastic history of innovation. With the UK taking a leading role in the global tech, we are delighted to announce plans to open a new corporate office in the city.”
“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. Our new office will be home to over 600 staff, many of whom will be focused on developing exciting new products and services used by Amazon customers around the world.”
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is delighted with this development: “Amazon opening their new office in Manchester is another vote of confidence in our city-region as a global digital leader. We are the UK’s top digital city-region and we are open for business.”
Amazon has committed to creating 2,500 jobs in the UK in 2018, taking its total UK workforce to over 27,500.