Amazon's London move 'complete'

Amazon's London move 'complete'

Amazon.co.uk’s office staff move to London is now complete, the company has said.

More than 2,000 employees, most of them previously based in Slough, have now moved to one of the online retailer’s three London locations – Glasshouse Yard near the Barbican in EC1, Leadenhall Court in EC3, and Amazon's new UK headquarters at 60 Holborn Viaduct, EC1.

In addition to the three locations already in London, Amazon will also open a new building at Principal Place in Shoreditch in 2017, which will have the capacity to house 5,000 employees.

Once Principal Place is open, Amazon will close the Leadenhall Court office. A spokesman said the company intended to “further review our office requirements at that time”.

Amazon said it expected to hire “hundred of new employees across the three London sites in 2015 alone”.

Christopher North, m.d. at Amazon UK, said: “London is now officially our new home. The move to the capital was vitally important to our continued growth in the UK and to finding the very best talent who will join our existing team that works day in, day out to provide an exceptional service for our customers all over the country, Europe and the world.”

This summer Amazon will open a 46,000sq ft fashion photography studio, also in Shoreditch. The company said the studio would be the largest one of its kind in Europe.

North said: “We now have in excess of 2,000 permanent employees based in London in addition to the thousands of permanent employees in our UK fulfilment and customer service centres across the UK.

“We’re enabling tens of thousands of UK businesses to sell their products worldwide through Amazon Marketplace, powering British entrepreneurs and business start-ups through Amazon Web Services, and we have invested well over £1 billion in our UK infrastructure. The building of our new office in Shoreditch is a further illustration of the important role that London and the UK will play in our global operations.”

Amazon has said it now has more than 8,000 permanent employees in the UK, and “expects to hire thousands more in the coming years”.