Dr Julia Reid MEP, who represents the South West Region and Gibraltar, welcomes the news of Amazon’s continued investment in the UK as it unveils plans for a new distribution centre near Bristol which will create more than 1,000 permanent new jobs for the region. The online retail giant is to start recruiting engineers, operations managers, HR and IT specialists ahead of its 2018 opening.

Responding to the announcement, Dr Reid said: “Amazon’s plans for a new distribution centre near Bristol is fantastic news for the region. Not only will the new centre help the local economy to grow, but it will also create over a thousand new jobs, putting more people in work and bolstering the area’s record high employment rates.”
Amazon’s director of UK customer fulfilment, Stefano Perego, said: “There are several factors we consider when deciding on where to place a new fulfilment centre, and Bristol offers fantastic infrastructure and talented local people who we look forward to joining the Amazon team.”

Amazon’s new warehouse will be based on a site just outside of Bristol at Severn Beach adding to its 13 sites in the UK. The firm is also on track to open further new warehouses in Doncaster, Warrington, and Tilbury later in the year.

This news comes less than a month after Amazon announced that it was doubling the number of research and development specialists it is looking to recruit in London.