New economic figures show Amazon’s £1.8bn investment in Essex
Business / Sun 12th Nov 2023 at 01:32pm
ACCORDING to new figures released today, Amazon has invested more than £1.8 billion in Essex since 2010. The figures are taken from the latest Amazon UK Economic Impact Hub, which reveals the company’s regional investments across the UK since 2010.
The annual Amazon UK Economic Impact Hub features data on the level of economic activity supported by Amazon’s investments, the number of jobs Amazon has created regionally, the number of local, independent small businesses supported by Amazon and the export sales achieved by businesses in Essex who sell products on Amazon.
The Essex section on this interactive map details Amazon’s investments and export sales figures for small and medium businesses in the area.
Here are the key facts and figures for Essex, along with a quote on the report from the general manager of the Amazon fulfilment centre in Tilbury.
“Tilbury has been a fantastic home to Amazon since we first opened our doors here, and we’re proud to continue positively impacting the regional economy through investments, creating jobs and supporting the growth of small businesses,” said Ruzanna Sargsyan, General Manager at Amazon Tilbury.
“Alongside supporting local businesses and creating jobs, training and development opportunities for our team, we’re also pleased to continue our support of the Essex community. In 2023, our team in Tilbury has supported a wide range of organisations including SNAP, Eastbury Community Primary School and Chadwell St Mary’s Scouts through donations and volunteering. This support of our community is something we’re looking forward to continuing over the coming weeks and months.”
More details about Amazon’s economic impact in the UK can be found here – https://www.aboutamazon.co.uk/impact-hub
How much tax have Amazon paid to HMRC though in the same timeframe I wonder. In 2019 they paid more tax to Fife Council than to HMRC. US safety inspectors have concluded that the twisting, bending and long reaches that Amazon warehouse workers perform as much as nine times per minute put them at high risk for lower back injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders and constitute an unacceptable hazard. The average Amazon warehouse worker leaves within just eight months because of the stress, breakneck pace, constant monitoring and minimal rest breaks. Unions are not welcomed at Amazon either. So apart from poor, unsafe working conditions and complicated company structures to ensure Amazon only pay tax to countries in a cost effective way for their shareholders to maximise their profits Essex has done well. How much of this £1.8bn investment has made its way to Harlow? I’m not asking for lessons on Amazon workers using their wages to pay rent/mortgages in Harlow and doing their weekly shop but I’m curious nonetheless.