Business expansion
United Kingdom
North West; Greater Manchester;
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52.10 - Warehousing and storage

1,200 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
12 October 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Online retailer Amazon has announced plans to open a new distribution centre in Bolton. The new site will be the company's third distribution centre in the North-West and will create 1,200 new jobs, bringing Amazon's total employment in the region to 3,500. The site will use new robotic technology, meaning that employees will work alongside robots. 

The centre is set to open sometime in 2018, though the recruitment process is already underway. Amazon have been criticised for their employment practices, though the leader of the local council has welcomed the new jobs. Initially employees will be paid 7.65 GBP per hour, rising to 8.15 GBP after two years. Permanent employees also receive stock options.

This latest expansion of Amazon follows major expansion throughout 2017


  • 12 October 2017: Insider Media
  • 13 October 2017: The Guardian
  • 13 October 2017: Bolton News


Eurofound (2017), Amazon, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 92376, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/92376.