Amazon has launched its latest analysis of the company’s regional investment across the UK. The 2022 Amazon UK Economic Impact Hub shows that the company has invested more than £2.6 billion in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire since 2010.
The Amazon UK Economic Impact Hub provides regional data on jobs created by Amazon locally, the number of regional independent small businesses supported by the company, the level of economic activity driven by Amazon’s investments and the export sales recorded last year by small businesses in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire selling on Amazon.
If you click on the East of England section of this interactive map, you will see a breakdown of Amazon’s investments and export sales figures for SMEs in the region.
Below are the key stats covering our region and a quote from the general manager of the Amazon fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead.
- Since 2010, Amazon has invested over £2.6 billion in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
- This investment led to the production of goods and services that contributed an estimated £2.9 billion to the region’s GDP since 2010.
- To date, Amazon has created around 10,000 full and part-time jobs in the East of England.
- More than 800 people in East of England have completed Amazon’s employability skills training programme since 2010.
- More than 200 apprentices in the East of England have qualified from the Amazon Apprenticeship programme since 2010.
- In Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, there are more than 3,000 small and medium-sized businesses selling on Amazon as independent selling partners.
- Small businesses from the region selling on Amazon recorded over £120 million of export sales in 2021.
- In partnership with the charity Magic Breakfast, Amazon delivered more than 310,000 healthy breakfasts to vulnerable children and schools across the East of England in 2021.
‘Amazon is a proud member of the community in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, investing over £2.6 billion in the region since 2010 to support local businesses, create jobs and make a positive contribution to the regional economy,’ said John McEwen, General Manager at the Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Hemel Hempstead. ‘We help more than 3,000 small businesses across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire sell on Amazon and reach customers around the world, and we also continue to support community organisations across the region through donations and volunteering. Recently, we have donated to a range of good causes including Mind Hertfordshire while working with Magic Breakfast to deliver healthy breakfasts to vulnerable children and schools.’
More details about Amazon’s economic impact in the UK can be found here: impact.aboutamazon.co.uk.