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Amazon to Build a Silicon Valley Tech Center in Manchester

The United Kingdom has an emerging Silicon Valley that will serve as a creation hub for new products and services for Amazon customers.

Amazon Innovation lightbulb imageThe company plans to hire 1,000 technology personnel to work with its research and development team in software and machine-learning development.

Amazon’s corporate office in Manchester, which occupies six stories at the Hanover Building in the Northern Quarter, will accommodate 600 new roles.

On the other hand, its R&D center in Edinburgh will serve as the workspace of 250 highly skilled workers while its Cambridge premises will create 180 new roles.

“With the U.K. 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 U.K.” – Doug Gurr, U.K. Country Manager, Amazon

Manchester as the focal point of Amazon’s expansion

Like Silicon Valley, Manchester is associated with people and companies in the technology industry. Amazon knows this too well, hence choosing the city as location for their main headquarters in the UK.

In just a couple of weeks eCommerce Show North takes place in Manchester and promises to be the largest eCommerce dedicated conference outside of London in the UK.

Aside from being at the heart of the industrial revolution, Gurr said Manchester has an “incredibly talented workforce and a budding tech scene with some of the of the most exciting, fast-growing tech companies in the UK situated here.”

Amazon’s high volume hiring in the UK came immediately after it announced a minimum wage increase for all of its employees to counter its critics.

Do you think Amazon is capable of building UK’s own version of Silicon Valley? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or over in our Facebook Group.

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