Amazon to open new distribution center in north west England

Amazon will put its latest robotics technology to work in a new fulfilment centre in Bolton, whose opening was announced this week.

The company has invested £6.4bn in the United Kingdom since 2010, and has of late shown little sign of any Brexit nerves.

Last year, unfazed by the UK's European Union referendum outcome in favour of Brexit, Amazon announced that it would open warehouses in Daventry, Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury in 2017, creating more than 3,500 new permanent full-time jobs.

The Daventry site opened in February while Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury have recently started their operations. They slide under a tower of shelves stacked with products, lift it and move it through the centre.

"Our ability to expand in the North West of England is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce", said Stefano Perego, Amazon's director of United Kingdom customer fulfilment. "We are thrilled to begin recruitment for 1,200 new permanent roles in Bolton with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one".

The addition of Amazon to the growing employment hub, which also houses major sites for companies including Aldi and MBDA, was described as a "real coup" by town hall bosses when the news was first revealed by The Bolton News yesterday. Some 1,200 people will work at the site, Amazon's third in the North West, in roles from operations managers and engineers to HR and IT specialists.

Amazon now has 16 warehouses in the UK.