Amazon signs lease on Central London offices

Published on: 31st May 2013

Amazon has signed the lease on Central London offices to accommodate 1,600 staff as it expands further into market sectors such as book publishing and television production.Amazon300

The company’s British headquarters will remain in Slough, but it will fill 12 floors covering 210,000 sq ft at 60 Holborn Viaduct, a new development opposite Smithfield Market. Amazon said several hundred existing employees would move to the new site by the end of the year.

Christopher North, Amazon’s UK managing director, said: “This new office location will provide the space we require for hundreds of our existing employees as well as many more that we will hire in the future.”

It is Amazon’s second major property investment in the capital in less than a year, and comes as the company faces criticism over its avoidance of British taxes. Its most recent accounts showed it received more in government grants than it paid in corporation tax in 2012.

Mr North added: “Amazon has over 6,000 permanent employees in the UK and we will continue to create thousands of jobs in the coming years across the UK.”

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