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Amazon to open new Manchester office

Amazon is to add 1,000 new research and development technology jobs across its offices in Edinburgh and Cambridge, as well as opening a new office in Manchester.

The new 90,000 sq ft Manchester office, located in the city’s Hanover building in the Northern Quarter, will be home to at least 600 new roles.

Amazon’s development centre in Scotland is taking over a third floor, providing capacity for a further 250 jobs.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s Cambridge development centre is to create space for 180 additional roles to develop innovations for Alexa, Amazon Web Services and machine learning.

Secretary of state for international trade, Liam Fox, 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.”

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 and research and development divisions - by the end of this year.

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