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Amazon bringing ‘Silicon Valley jobs’ to Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Plans for Amazon to open a corporate office in Manchester’s Northern Quarter are expected to create at least 600 new jobs.

The tech giant will set up the new base in the city’s Hanover Building as part of its latest investment into the UK.

The firm has also confirmed it will increase the capacity of its Scotland Development Centre and Cambridge Development Centre as it provides additional capacity for more than 1,000 new ‘highly skilled’ jobs in total.

Manchester’s six-storey, 90,000 sq ft Hanover Building will house Amazon teams working on software development, machine learning and research and development (R&D).

Amazon’s UK country manager, Doug Gurr, says: “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.”

The government’s secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, Jeremy Wright MP, has welcomed the announcement, adding: “It is great global tech giant Amazon has chosen Manchester, a vital part of the Northern Powerhouse, to open their new office and are creating hundreds of high-skilled jobs up and down the country.

“Our booming digital sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in the UK and this is a vote of confidence in our world-leading skills in tech innovation.”

Architect practice Sheppard Robson has been appointed as the designer for the Manchester office.