Tech giant Amazon has opened a new 90,000 sq ft office in Manchester – the first time it has invested in corporate UK premises outside of London.
Amazon.com Inc plans to fill six floors of the 1907-built Hanover Building with 600 new jobs, including software developers, scientists and branding specialists.
The firm has already begun hiring, with a first wave of 19 roles now being advertised at the Grade II-listed building, located in a trendy bar district close to Manchester Arena.
Additionally, Amazon pledged to celebrate its arrival in Manchester by launching a new Future Engineer Bursary to support undergraduates from low-income backgrounds studying computer science at the University of Manchester.
Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager for Amazon said: “I am delighted we’re opening our first corporate office in the North of England.
“Manchester offers an incredible talent pool, a thriving hub of fast-growing UK tech start-ups and is a centre of academic and intellectual excellence.
“We are already actively hiring from a range of skill-sets for our new Manchester office, so if you’ve always wanted to build the future, come build it with us.”
Amazon now employs around 29,500 people in the UK, and says it has invested £18bn in the nation’s economy since 2010.