21st December 2017

More SMEs set to benefit from the digital economy in 2018

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We’re pleased to announce new research showing that for many UK SMEs, their new year’s resolution involves ramping up digital adoption to help grow their businesses. Today’s Q4 2017 SME Growth Tracker, a report by Capital Economics commissioned by us and Enterprise Nation, reveals that nearly 9 in 10 SMEs expect to be selling online by the end of next year compared to 64 per cent of SMEs who say they sell online today.

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21st December 2017

Supporting local families during the festive season

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We are delighted to have supported families at Christmas for a second consecutive year through a series of donations to Home-Start UK. We have donated £2,000 to 16 local branches of Home-Start to support children and families living in the communities neighbouring our fulfilment centres, development centres and head offices.

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14th December 2017
Amazon Publishing win adult Book of the Year at 2017 Futurebook Awards

The annual Bookseller Futurebook conference brings together leading thinkers in publishing, retail, editorial, marketing and tech. It is the largest annual digital publishing event in Europe. At this year’s conference in Bishopsgate, London, Amazon Publishing’s crime imprint, Thomas & Mercer, and the Kindle in Motion team were awarded the Book of the Year (adult) for Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert by Patricia Cornwell. Amazon had two titles in the running, the other being The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed by Scott Paranzynski.  

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13th December 2017
Lesbians Who Tech Summit comes to Amazon UK

Our LGBT+ affinity group glamazon were proud to host the kick-off event for the first ever London Lesbians Who Tech Summit last month. Lesbians Who Tech is a community working together to promote the visibility and inclusion of women, LGBTQ people, and people from other backgrounds under-represented in technology.

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12th December 2017
Congratulations to Lauren Gemmell: TechWomen50 Award Winner!


We were delighted to hear today that Lauren Gemmell, our Manager of Software Development in the Amazon Development Centre Scotland, was named a winner of the inaugural TechWomen50 Awards 2017.

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11th December 2017
Rural businesses see digital technology as key to growth but face skills and training barriers

Today, Rural England and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) published their interim findings about the use of digital tools and services by businesses in rural areas. The report, commissioned by us earlier this year, aims to understand how to grow the digital economy in rural areas through e-commerce, exports and productivity gains, the level of digital skills and capabilities in rural areas and how to further improve them, and what digital business tools and services best support rural businesses. 

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8th December 2017
Congrats to Mike Doodson for winning our Christmas Writing Competition

After hundreds of entries, we’re delighted to share that Mike Doodson, 30, has been crowned the winner of Amazon’s second annual Christmas writing competition with his story A Christmas Squirrel. In the search for a modern-day interpretation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Doodson received the prize of having his story illustrated by celebrated artist Ian Beck, a £2,000 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card, a top-of-the-range Fire tablet and a marketing campaign to support the launch of the book.

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7th December 2017
Celebrating small business success at the Amazon Growing Business Awards
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Last week, Britain’s most promising businesses celebrated their success in the 19th annual Amazon Growing Business Awards. Created by Real Business and backed by the CBI, the Amazon Growing Business Awards are now in their 19th year. The awards ceremony recognised the achievements of 17 growing UK businesses who won awards across a variety of categories.

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5th December 2017

In Kind Direct awards prestigious Founder’s Award to Amazon

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We were humbled to accept the 20th Anniversary Founder’s Award at the In Kind Direct Gala Dinner, held at Buckingham Palace. The award was presented by HRH The Prince of Wales to Doug Gurr our UK country manager, and Ajay Kavan, Vice President of International Special Projects, for our continued support and commitment to the charity.

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4th December 2017

We are proud to have been recognised for our support for military veterans

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We were one of the first to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise to ensure that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. Early on we recognised how the skills and experiences of Service personnel, from logistics to communication would benefit our business in delivering for customers, so in 2011 we introduced our military veterans recruitment programme in the UK.

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30th November 2017

Working with Womanthology to champion diversity in business

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We were delighted to support Womanthology’s diversity thought-leadership event, run in partnership with Warwick Business School on Monday 20th November 2017.

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13th November 2017

Meet the small businesses of Black Friday

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At Amazon, we strive to support businesses of all sizes – and particularly small businesses who play a big role in helping us serve our millions of customers by increasing selection. That’s why we’ve decided to put small businesses front and center on our amazon.co.uk site, so that millions of our customers can learn more about some of the businesses taking part in the Black Friday Sale this year.

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9th November 2017

AmazonSmile: Charitable giving ahead of the busiest shopping period of the year

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Today we are delighted to bring AmazonSmile to the UK to help customers support charities of their choice via donations from Amazon whenever they purchase. When customers visit smile.amazon.co.uk from their internet browser, they can select from one of ten UK charities, after which any time they make a purchase, 0.5% is donated to that charity – at no additional cost to our customers, our sellers, or to participating charities.

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8th November 2017

We are delighted to support Small Business Saturday this year

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This year, we are pleased to be supporting Small Business Saturday UK, a grassroots, non-commercial campaign encouraging people to shop in small businesses in their communities and to encourage small businesses to invest in their digital business capabilities to increase e-commerce and exports. On Saturday 2nd December 2017, people across the UK are encouraged to support all types of small businesses, both in stores and online. Many small businesses will also take part in the day by hosting events and offering discounts.

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6th November 2017

Tips from Lucy Banks for how to write a children’s Christmas story

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Last year, we launched a writing competition and Exeter-based Lucy Banks’ heart-warming tale Sol the Slug won from a pool of almost 1,000 entries. This festive season, we are looking for a new children’s tale but this time, the story will be a modern-day interpretation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

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1st November 2017

Recognising Scottish female tech talent

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Last week we attended the inaugural Scotland Women in Technology Awards at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow. The Scotland Women in Technology Awards, backed by Amazon and JP Morgan, champion and celebrate women, and the companies and networks around them, who are achieving success in the technology industry in Scotland. The awards also celebrate the success of those in education who drive grassroots initiatives and grow the technology talent pipeline for Scotland.

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31st October 2017

Celebrating Black History Month

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This October we celebrated Black History Month, which highlights and celebrates the achievements and contributions of the Black Community in the UK and around the world. To mark the occasion, employees launched a new UK branch of Amazon’s global affinity group: Black Employee Network (BEN).

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27th October 2017

Helping celebrate LGBT+ and straight ally role models in the workplace

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Members of glamazon, our affinity group that provides networking and mentoring support for LGBT+ employees, attended the OUTstanding Gala dinner last night in London to recognise and celebrate LGBT+ and straight ally role models from around the world.

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17th October 2017

We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Women of the Future Awards

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We were pleased to hear that Amazon has been shortlisted for the corporate category of the Women of the Future Awards. Now in their twelfth year, the awards were conceived to provide a platform for the remarkable female talent in the UK. The awards recognise organisations which best support and nurture young women in their workforce.

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16th October 2017

Amazon Lends Support to This is the Place, Choose Love, Manchester

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In the wake of the tragic Manchester Arena attack last May, creatives across Manchester came together over the summer to create the coffee table book called This is the Place, Choose Love, Manchester. The book contains unique illustrations, designs and photographs set against lines from Tony Walsh’s memorable poem which was read at the vigil for the victims of the Manchester attack. Profits from this book are going to Manchester-based charities Forever Manchester, We Love MCR Emergency Fund and The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.

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10th October 2017

Lauren Gemmell shortlisted for the Scotland Women in Technology Awards

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We were very excited to hear that Lauren Gemmell, our Software Development Manager based in our Edinburgh Development Centre, has been selected as a finalist for the Inspirational Women in Leadership category in the Scotland Women in Technology Awards.

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4th October 2017

Proud to be shortlisted for the European Diversity Awards

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We are were thrilled to find out that Amazon has been shortlisted for two categories in the European Diversity Awards this year.

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3rd October 2017

Welcoming our parents to our new UK head office for the day

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Putting a twist on the usual ‘bring your children to work day’, on Friday 29th September, proud parents of Amazon employees visited our new 600,000 sq ft head office at Principal Place in Shoreditch.

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19th September 2017

Our Apprentices Celebrate Career Milestone

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We’re very excited to celebrate the career milestone that 20 apprentices from our Dunfermline fulfilment centre achieved, completing the prestigious Scottish Modern Apprenticeship in Logistics and Management programmes.

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13th September 2017

Congratulations to Lauren Kisser, everywoman in Retail’s ‘Ambassador of the Year’

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We were delighted to hear that our Director of Amazon Prime Air, Lauren Kisser, was awarded the everywoman in Retail Ambassador of the Year award last night. Judges named Lauren the Retail Ambassador of the Year for her dedication to addressing the gender gap in retail and technology.

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10th August 2017

Call for rural SMEs to join Amazon/FSB webinar to learn how to grow their business and export through Amazon Marketplace

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The growth potential from e-commerce for rural SMEs is significant. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Federation of Small Businesses to run a free Amazon Academy webinar on Thursday 7th September, providing advice and guidance to rural SMEs on how to use Amazon Marketplace to boost their revenue and exports.

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26th July 2017

It’s a UK Kindle Storyteller Award win for David Leadbeater’s The Relic Hunters

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Crime Thriller The Relic Hunters by David Leadbeater was crowned the winner of the inaugural UK Kindle Storyteller Award last night winning not only a £20,000 cash prize, but also a marketing campaign to support the book, access to a mentor and the opportunity to have the book translated.

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25th July 2017

Our new head office cements our long-term commitment to the UK

 

Today we opened the doors to our new 15 storey 600,000 sq. ft. UK head office in Shoreditch, London. A mixed-use development with half an acre of public piazza and events space, 20,000 sq. ft. will be dedicated to retail, including cafés and restaurants offering alfresco dining.

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24th July 2017

Have your say on how to unlock the digital potential of rural Britain

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Today independent think tank Rural England, and academic college SRUC have launched a consultation focused on how to maximise the potential of the internet and technology to boost the digital economy across the UK and level the urban-rural divide. We commissioned this report to get a stronger understanding of how to grow the digital economy in rural areas, including a look at digital skills, the use of innovation to grow, and what factors help businesses successfully locate from urban to rural areas.

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21st July 2017

You’re hired! We’re offering 100 apprentice opportunities across our UK operations sites

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This autumn, we’re launching a new Operations Apprenticeship in our fulfilment centres across the UK. In total, there will be 100 opportunities available – all of which add to our existing apprenticeships in IT and Facilities & Engineering currently available at our fulfilment centres across the UK and a range of Modern Apprentice programmes funded by Skills Development Scotland.

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20th July 2017

We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Pink News Business Equality Award

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We are pleased to hear that Amazon had been shortlisted for the Pink News Business Equality Award this year. Now in its 5th year, the Pink News Awards aim to recognise the contributions of businesses, charities, politicians, campaigners and journalists towards achieving LGBT+ equality both in the UK and overseas. The Business Equality Award category celebrates the efforts that companies have undertaken to improve LGBT+ equality over the past year.

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17th July 2017

Rural Business Awards shortlist announced after record year for nominations

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“The depth and breadth of this year’s shortlist demonstrates the incredible creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of rural businesses,” said Doug Gurr our UK Country Manager as the shortlist for the Rural Business Awards was revealed today.

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13th July 2017

Meet Casey and Chris: Two great success stories from the AWS re:Start training and education programme

 

Casey Lumumba and Chris Smith completed their AWS re:Start training and education programme earlier this year. Launched in January 2017 with The Prince’s Trust, Ministry of Defence, and QA Consulting, AWS re:Start is a training and education programme that aims to bring more qualified people with cloud and software development skills into the UK’s workforce.

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12th July 2017

Call for inspirational stories of small business success: Amazon Growing Business Awards

 

 

Today nominations opened for the Amazon Growing Business Awards, to celebrate the successes of SMEs and inspire others to achieve.

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10th July 2017

We loved being part of the Pride in London parade

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On Saturday we were thrilled to have 140 people from across Amazon join the Pride parade in London to celebrate and show our support for the LGBT+ community here and around the world.

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5th July 2017

Congratulations to Hannah, winner of our national ‘Design a Drone’ competition

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Today we announced the winner of our national ‘Design a Drone’ competition, run in partnership with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Hannah of Fourtowns Primary School in Ballymena, Northern Ireland was awarded the top spot for designing her Flying Cheetah drone, which would be used by forest rangers to protect cheetahs and other wildlife.

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4th July 2017

Shortlist for the first Kindle UK Storyteller Award Unveiled


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We are delighted to announce Jono Dunnett, David Leadbeater, Joanna Mazurkiewicz, Tony Riches, Orlando A. Sanchez and Jade Winters as the six shortlisted independently-published authors for the Kindle UK Storyteller Award.

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26th June 2017

Public tours launched at Dunfermline fulfilment centre

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In celebration of our fifth year in Dunfermline, this week we welcomed more than 250 children, teachers and parents from local primary schools into our fulfilment centre and announced it will be opening its doors to members of the public for guided tours later this summer.

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26th June 2017

Amazon Sponsors the 10th FTA Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

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Twelve of the most inspirational role models in the UK’s transport and logistics industry have been announced today as winners in the 2017 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. The awards programme was first launched to raise awareness of the varied opportunities within transport and logistics, while creating visible role models to inspire and encourage more women to pursue a career in the industry.

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21st June 2017

Employees tell us why they feel they found the right place

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Our employees across the UK have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, whether developing new skills for their job, training for new opportunities within the company or pursuing what they are passionate about outside of Amazon through Career Choice, an innovative programme that provides fulfilment centre employees funding for adult education, offering to pre-pay 95% of tuition fees.

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20th June 2017

We’re excited to announce Amazon Music as Pride in London’s official music partner

 

To celebrate and show our support for the LGBT+ community, Amazon Music is happy to be Pride in London’s first official music partner as the festival runs from 24th June to 9th July. This sponsorship comes as part of our continued work to support diversity in the technology sector, in addition to becoming a Stonewall Diversity Champion and our new membership with OUTstanding. Pride in London promises to showcase a number of live entertainment acts and we are helping to sponsor The Radio Dive Women’s Stage at Leicester Square on 8th July, the day of the parade. Our partnership also includes Amazon Music support of “Pride’s Got Talent”, an exciting chance for new and emerging talent to perform live on stage.

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20th June 2017

Innovation for the next generation: Prime Air lab tours

 

We recently opened the doors of our Prime Air development centre in Cambridge to local school children, to help engage and inspire the next generation of innovators.

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16th June 2017

Enterprising Women Summit 2017: Equipping Britain’s female business leaders for a global Britain

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Today the Institute of Directors (IoD) held its 2017 Enterprising Women Summit in London, which focuses on equipping Britain’s female business leaders for a global Britain.

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1st June 2017

First young adults complete their AWS re:Start training

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At the end of April, the first group of students from The Prince’s Trust Get in Technology programme completed their AWS re:Start training.

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24th May 2017

Amazon Channels Launches in the UK

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From today, Prime members in the UK will be able to add to their Prime Video viewing experience by choosing from a wide range of new TV channel subscriptions to add for a low monthly fee; only paying for the channels they want to watch.

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24th May 2017

Helping Scotland’s SMEs get online, innovate, and export

 

Helping SMEs export and use innovation to grow their business were the main themes today at our Amazon Academy held at the EICC in Edinburgh. Hundreds of SMEs, entrepreneurs, and tech startups from around Scotland came to hear about how Scottish businesses can tap into the digital economy from experts including: Emma Jones MBE, Founder of Enterprise Nation; Paul Wheelhouse, Managing Director of Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise; Gayle Mann, Head of Enablement for Entrepreneurial Spark; Katie Dash, Regional Director of CBI Scotland; Frances Sneddon from ScotlandIS; and Lynn Mann representing Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

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19th May 2017

Peterborough Amazon team head back to the classroom for Learning at Work Week

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Our team in Peterborough celebrated National Learning at Work Week (15th - 21st May) by taking part in our Career Choice programme, which helps train fulfilment centre employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies.

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16th May 2017

The Koala Who Could: Winner of Oscar’s Book Prize 2017

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Last night we celebrated as Rachel Bright and Jim Field were announced as the winners of Oscar’s Book Prize 2017 for their heart-warming tale, The Koala Who Could. Chosen from a shortlist of five titles in a search for the best book for under-fives, Oscar’s Book Prize is a celebration of children’s literature that we, alongside the National Literacy Trust, proudly support.

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15th May 2017

Last chance for authors to write that story they have always wanted to tell to be in with the chance of winning £20,000

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We are now into the final countdown for authors to publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing for consideration in the Kindle Storyteller Award, our new literary prize recognising newly published work in the English language across any genre. The winning author will receive a £20,000 cash prize, a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk, and the opportunity to have their book translated.

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10th May 2017

Just 10 days to go to enter for the Amazon Digital Business of the Year Award

 

For the second year running we’re sponsoring the Amazon Digital Business of the Year category at the 2017 National Business Awards.

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8th May 2017

Meet Claire: one of three women selected for the Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary

 

Claire Doherty is one of three women in the UK to be selected for our Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary, which provides funding for up to four years of university as well as access to an Amazon mentor, to encourage women to pursue a STEM career. Claire’s passion for technology led her to apply for the Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary, and she was chosen to take part in the programme after writing a personal statement about why she should be selected.

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4th May 2017

Amazon.co.uk now has over 250 million unique products, boosted by added selection from SMEs selling on MarketplaceMarketplace

At Amazon, we strive to continually improve our selection, value and convenience so we can further improve our overall customer experience. That’s why we’re excited to share today that we now have over 250 million unique products available on Amazon.co.uk, up by more than 100 million in the last 18 months. This significant growth in selection could only happen with support of small and medium sized UK businesses selling on Amazon Marketplace. This new selection includes products added for new services that we have launched such as Amazon Business, Handmade at Amazon and AmazonFresh - as well as continued growth in categories like home and garden, electronics and fashion.

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3rd May 2017

Amazon and CAA invite schoolchildren across the UK to ‘Design a Drone’

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Amazon, in partnership with the UK Civil Aviation Authority, is inviting primary school-age children across the UK to play their part in the future of science and technology.

The ‘Design a Drone’ competition, open to students in Years Two to Five in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, runs through 2 June 2017.

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28th April 2017

Magazines now available in Kindle Unlimited alongside over a million books

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From today customers using Kindle Unlimited, our reading subscription service, can also access a rotating monthly selection of recent magazines as part of their existing subscription. We’ve worked with leading publishers to add hundreds of popular magazine titles, including as Closer, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, The Week, Grazia, GQ, Conde Nast Traveller, FourFourTwo, Mojo and Official Xbox to Kindle Unlimited at no extra cost to customers.

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18th April 2017

Celebrating the best of rural businesses

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We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Rural Business Awards this year alongside the CLA, to help shine a spotlight on the best and most inspirational rural businesses – small and large alike.

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13th April 2017

Amazon Academy comes to Scotland

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Following the success of our Amazon Academies in London and Manchester, we’re now teaming up with Scottish Enterprise, Enterprise Nation, and Entrepreneurial Spark to bring the Amazon Academy to the EICC in Edinburgh on Tuesday 23rd May.

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31st March 2017

Hundreds of North West businesses come to the Amazon Manchester Academy

 

 

We’ve had a great day today hosting hundreds of small businesses from across the North West of England at the Amazon Academy in Manchester.

Small business owners heard from experts including: Emma Jones MBE, the founder of Enterprise Nation; Damian Waters from the CBI North West; Grace Blakeley from think tank IPPR North; and Michael Taylor from Manchester Metropolitan University - all about how the North West can become the UK’s export capital for SMEs by embracing the digital economy.

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27th March 2017

Amazon Music celebrates artists and labels as headline sponsor of the 2017 Music Week Awards

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For almost two decades, Amazon has made music available to customers in the UK with the click of a button. Beginning with CDs and vinyl, then adding digital downloads, streaming for Prime members through Prime Music, to the latest addition of the full catalogue streaming service Amazon Music Unlimited, we give our customers the freedom the ability to listen to the artists they want, when they want, and in the format they want.

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16th March 2017

Junior inventors go behind the scenes at our Cambridge Development Centre

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Local girls and boys with an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) were given an inspiring look behind the scenes of our Cambridge Development Centre during a special skills event last week. The event was organised in partnership with Robogals, an international student run organisation that aims to inspire and empower young women to consider studying engineering and related fields. The organisation offers interactive, engineering-based workshops for girls aged between 8-18 all around the world. Twenty local teenagers attended the event and worked with the Amazon Cambridge team and Robogals to build a skill for Alexa—a capability that can be controlled or interacted with via voice.

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10th March 2017

Amazon at Retail Week Live: Digital and Retail – it’s still Day One

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Ajay Kavan, our Vice President of International Special Projects, spoke this week at Retail Week Live in London about how technology is creating new opportunities for SMEs.

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22nd February 2017

Our new literary prize, The Kindle UK Storyteller Award, is now open for entries

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From bone-chilling thrillers to tempting romances to enlightening autobiographies, we are inviting authors of all genres to submit their work for our first ever Kindle UK Storyteller Award. The prize is now open to entries, and authors have until 19th May to enter. The winning author will receive a £20,000 cash prize, a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk and the opportunity to have their book translated.

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21st February 2017

Amazon Academy Manchester - Enabling SME growth through e-commerce and exports

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Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy, making up over 99 per cent of all UK businesses and providing 60 per cent of UK private sector employment. Their confidence, future growth, and ability to harness the power of the internet and technology are all significant indicators of Britain’s quality of life and ability to compete on the global economic stage. At Amazon, we want to be part of ensuring small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from all regions of the UK are succeeding in the digital economy.

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20th February 2017

Amazon UK to create record 5,000 full-time jobs in 2017

 

Today we announced plans to create more than 5,000 full-time jobs this year, taking our total UK workforce to over 24,000 by the end of this year. We’ll be offering a variety of job opportunities to people with diverse backgrounds and skills – ranging from software developers, engineers and technicians, to those seeking entry-level positions and on-the-job training. Jobs will come with competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, and will be created across our UK sites.

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2nd February 2017

Supporting Oscar’s Book Prize: celebrating children’s love of reading

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Alongside The National Literacy Trust, we are pleased to support Oscar’s Book Prize, the children’s book award set up in memory of Oscar Ashton, the son of Evening Standard columnist James Ashton. The £5,000 award for the best book published in 2016 for children aged five or under pays tribute to Oscar’s love of stories.

 

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30th January 2017

Celebrating flexible working arrangements

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The world of work is changing with employers adapting working practices to accept and celebrate more flexible working patterns. We are therefore delighted that Maria Janssen, Trend Director for Amazon Fashion, has been named on Management Today’s ‘Power Part Time List’.

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12th January 2017

AWS re:Start: Helping 1,000 people across Britain into high tech careers

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Our Amazon in the Community programme strives to help young people reach their full potential in today’s digital society and economy. It aims to do this by creating a positive environment for children and supporting young people in developing essential skills and finding and developing their career. In support of this ambition, Amazon Web Services is today launching a new programme called AWS re:Start.

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6th January 2017

Small businesses are thriving selling on Amazon Marketplace

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One of the biggest innovations for small businesses selling on Amazon Marketplace over the last ten years has been Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), whereby we store, pick, pack and deliver items on behalf of smaller businesses to help them scale, increase sales and create jobs.

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20th December 2016

Aspiring Writer Wins Chance to Top Christmas Reading List with Tale of Sol The Slug’s Night Before Christmas

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A new modern day Christmas story, beautifully illustrated by artist Aless Baylis, is now free up until midnight on Christmas Eve on the Kindle Store for families across the world to read in the run up to Christmas.

 

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20th December 2016

Supporting families this Christmas with Home-Start

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To support families this Christmas, we have made a series of donations to Home-Start. We are donating £2,000 to local Home-Starts that are in the communities neighbouring our head office, development centres and fulfilment centres to help give children the foundations needed to learn, develop and reach their potential. The donations will be used to support the charity’s Christmas activities, including Christmas parties with a visit from Father Christmas himself, hampers and fun-filled pantomime performances for families.

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19th December 2016

Latest SME Growth Tracker reveals UK SMEs expect accelerating growth in 2017

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This month Capital Economics published findings from the fourth quarter SME Growth Tracker, a report commissioned by Amazon UK and Enterprise Nation, based on a YouGov survey of more than 1,000 UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), assessing SME growth prospects and views on the broader UK economy. Key findings include:

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9th December 2016

Thank you to nearly 1,000 entrants into our Twas the Night Before Christmas writing competition

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We’re delighted to share that nearly 1,000 aspiring authors across the UK have entered our competition to find a modern-day equivalent of the 200 year old Clement Clarke Moore classic, Twas the Night Before Christmas. The entrants are from authors aged nine to 90 years old and from all parts of the country, from Scotland and Northern Ireland, to Wales and all corners of England.

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8th December 2016

Giving the next generation the fuel to learn

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The Amazon team had a great day today, visiting St John’s CE Primary School in Bethnal Green to launch a new initiative with UK charity Magic Breakfast providing over 700,000 healthy breakfasts in the 2016-2017 school year to over 3,800 children in 57 schools around the country.

 

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1st December 2016

A night of celebration at the Amazon Growing Business Awards

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Last night we celebrated the best of British small and medium-sized enterprises at the Amazon Growing Business Awards in The Brewery, London.

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30th November 2016

Working flexibly shouldn’t change your career trajectory

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Katie McQuaid, UK Director of Fulfilment by Amazon, developed her career whilst working part-time. She told Timewise how.

 

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25th November 2016

Black Friday is here featuring thousands of deals and millions of pounds worth of savings as customers get an early start on their Christmas shopping

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Following 11 days of great deals and millions of pounds worth of savings in The Black Friday Sale on Amazon.co.uk, Black Friday 2016 is here with brand new deals becoming available as often as every five minutes until 23:39 tonight.

 

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24th November 2016

Amazon Launches Search for Modern Day Interpretation of Twas the Night Before Christmas

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To help celebrate Christmas this year, we have launched the search for a modern day version of Twas the Night Before Christmas as a gift to families for bedtime reading this Christmas Eve. Writers all over the UK can submit their own version of the Christmas Eve classic, with the winning entry to be illustrated by a professional and shared with a potential audience of millions ahead of bedtime reading this Christmas Eve.

 

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23rd November 2016

We’re at our first ever Amazon Academy in the UK

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We’re really happy to welcome over 200 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and authors to our Amazon Academy in London today to learn more about how to become a global-selling business, scale your business through cloud computing, and publish your book using Amazon.

 

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22nd November 2016

Update on Customer Reviews

Customer reviews are one of the most valuable tools we offer customers for making informed purchase decisions, and we work hard to make sure they are doing their job. In just the past year, we’ve improved review ratings by introducing a machine learned algorithm that gives more weight to newer, more helpful reviews; applying stricter criteria to qualify for the Amazon verified purchase badge; and suspending, banning or suing thousands of individuals for attempting to manipulate reviews.

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21st November 2016

Katie McQuaid Speaks About Inspiring Women in Business

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Katie McQuaid, UK Director, Fulfilment by Amazon, participated this week in a panel at Management Today’s ‘Inspiring Women in Business’ conference. The panel examined the important issue of how to make working part-time at a senior level a success for employees and employers alike. Joining Katie on the panel were senior figures from the world of advertising, the legal profession and retail, all of whom shared their experiences about how they made working part-time work for them.

 

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16th November 2016

FanDuel named Amazon Digital Business of the Year

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Last night at the National Business Awards, FanDuel was named as the Amazon Digital Business of the Year. Founded in the UK in 2009, FanDuel is an online fantasy sports game which offers contests in American football, basketball, baseball and hockey. They have achieved significant growth in the US in recent years and looks set to replicate that success across the world.

 

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10th November 2016

Students tour Amazon Fashion Photography Studio to get taste of working in fashion

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As part of our Amazon in the Community programme, we recently opened the doors of our Fashion Photography Studio in Hoxton to over 60 final year Bachelors of Arts students studying Fashion Marketing at the London College of Fashion.

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9th November 2016

Little Dish Named Telegraph Festival of Business SME of the Year, in association with Amazon

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Today at the Telegraph Festival of Business, Little Dish - a fast-growing producer of healthy meals for toddlers - was named SME of the Year. The Telegraph Festival of Business SME of the Year award, in association with Amazon, helps to recognise British small businesses who are rapidly expanding revenues and helping to create jobs for the UK.

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2nd November 2016

Welcoming Local School Children to our Development Centre in Cambridge to Learn about Prime Air

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Our Prime Air teams in Cambridge are playing an important role building our future delivery system designed to safely get parcels to customers in 30 minutes or less using small unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones.

 

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31st October 2016

Amazon enters top 5 of Guardian’s Most Popular UK Employers for Graduates

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Amazon has been named one of the most popular graduate employers by The Guardian in the paper’s prestigious Guardian 2016/2017 UK 300 survey, a list that ranks the UK’s top 300 employers, voted on by students and graduates. Amazon ranked fifth in this year’s survey, jumping two spots from last year. For the first time, Amazon is also ranked as the number one graduate employer in the retail category.

 

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27th October 2016

Time for a game

For Hazel Reynolds, the desire to start a family was the inspiration to reinvent her career and become a game designer. Designing games wasn’t always in the cards for Hazel Reynolds, but wanting to break free of a media job, be her own boss and, above all, start a family led her down a new path.


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14th October 2016

Amazon and WISE supporting women in STEM across the UK

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We are proud to announce our new partnership with WISE, a high-profile campaign which aims to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, engineering and technology. Joining Wise helps Amazon to support the development of female talent in STEM sectors across the UK.

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13th October 2016

Amazon Academy - Enabling SME growth through e-commerce and exports

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Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy, making up over 99 per cent of all UK businesses and providing 60 per cent of UK private sector employment. Their confidence, future growth, and ability to harness the power of the internet and technology are all significant indicators of Britain’s quality of life and ability to compete on the global economic stage. At Amazon, we want to be part of ensuring UK SMEs are succeeding in the digital economy.

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3rd October 2016

Shortlist for Amazon Growing Business Awards shines light on the best of British business

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Today the finalists were revealed for this year’s Amazon Growing Business Awards, due to be held on 30th November in London. Created by Real Business and backed by the CBI, the Amazon Growing Business Awards are the most established and respected national recognition programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurial success.

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2nd October 2016

New SME Growth Tracker research reveals SMEs forecast faster growth in the coming year

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From micro-businesses through to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), companies employing fewer than 250 people are the backbone of the UK economy, making up over 99 per cent of all UK businesses and providing 60 per cent of UK private sector employment. Their confidence, future growth, and ability to harness the power of the internet and technology are all significant indicators of Britain’s quality of life and ability to compete on the global economic stage.

 

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21st September 2016

Amazon becomes a Stonewall Diversity Champion

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As part of our continued work to support diversity in the technology sector, we are pleased to share that we have joined Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme. Stonewall is the largest LGBT rights charity in Europe, currently working with over 700 of the world’s leading organisations to create fully inclusive workplace environments by integrating diversity and inclusion into all parts of the business.

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14th September 2016

Amazon UK’s Jacqui Chin selected for Ambassador Programme

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We were delighted to hear last night that Amazon UK’s Jacqui Chin had been selected for the 2016 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme.

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9th September 2016

UK Legal Team Teaches Teens about Life as a Lawyer

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Amazon’s UK legal team hosted 23 secondary school students as part of the Legal Social Mobility Partnership (LSMP) programme. LSMP provides school-aged students from less privileged backgrounds access to law firms and their commercial partners, with a view to increasing access to the legal profession and allowing the students to explore whether law is the right career path for them.

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7th September 2016

Our new Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary

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We are delighted to share that we’re introducing the Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary, a programme of Electronic Engineering, Robotics & Intelligent Systems, and Computer Science bursaries at universities around our UK Development Centres.

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26th August 2016

Amazon joins OUTstanding to improve support for LGBT+ employees

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We’re pleased to announce our new membership with OUTstanding, the leading LGBT+ and ally professional network in the UK.

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12th August 2016

Amazon UK expands commitment to gender diversity through membership of Business in the Community’s gender equality campaign

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We are delighted to announce that as a member of Business in the Community (BITC), part of the Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network, Amazon is supporting the gender equality campaign.

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29th July 2016

Finalists shortlisted for the Amazon Digital Business of the Year Award

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We’re pleased to be sponsoring the Digital Business of the Year category at this year’s Lloyds National Business Awards. The award is looking to recognise the best use of e-commerce by any organisation operating online, with a specific focus on providing an exceptional customer experience.

Click here for more information about the finalists for the Amazon Digital Business of the Year.

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28th July 2016

Introducing Dash

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Following the launch of AmazonFresh last month for customers in select London postcodes, Amazon.co.uk today announced the introduction of Amazon Dash. Dash is a quick and easy way to place a grocery order on Amazon.co.uk. Customers can scan a product barcode or say the name of a product to add items automatically into their Amazon.co.uk basket. These items are then ready for purchase the next time the customer visits the Amazon.co.uk website or mobile app.

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26th July 2016

Amazon Partners with UK Government to Explore Safe Use of Drones for Delivery

 

We are pleased to announce a new programme with the UK Government to explore the steps needed to make the delivery of parcels by small drones a reality for our customers.

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19th July 2016

Empowering others

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At Amazon, we believe that the most meaningful inventions are the ones that empower others. We love it when we find a new way to better serve customers and create opportunities for small businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals.

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21st June 2016

Amazon among top UK employers in LinkedIn’s Top Attractors List

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Amazon has been named as one of the top UK companies for both attracting and retaining talent, according to LinkedIn’s first-ever Top Attractors list. LinkedIn and Censuswide Research analysed the activities of over 433 million LinkedIn members as well as surveyed data from over 6,000 employees. They found that Amazon ranks 9th among UK companies, based on job applications, views and connections on our career page, and retention of new employees. The full global list is here.

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1st June 2016

Recognising the contribution of small businesses to the UK economy

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We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Amazon Growing Business Awards 2016 to be held in London on Wednesday 30th November. The awards, set up by SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) news website Real Business and backed by the CBI, are now in their 18th year and are the most established and respected national recognition programme for SMEs and entrepreneurial success.

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17th May 2016

Celebrating the best digital businesses in Britain

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We’re really pleased to be sponsoring the Digital Business of the Year category at this year’s Lloyds National Business Awards. The Amazon Digital Business of the Year award is open to any organisation that’s operating online, and it recognises the best use of ecommerce to provide an exceptional customer experience.

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27th April 2016

Doug Gurr appointed UK Country Manager for Amazon

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We are pleased to announce today that Doug Gurr has been named Amazon’s new UK Country Manager. Doug is currently the Country Manager of our business in China, a role he’s had for the past two years. He first joined Amazon in the UK in 2011 as Vice President of our Hardlines division, which covers products like lawn & garden and toys. Doug will take up his new role in late May, coinciding with the departure of Christopher North, while continuing to support the transition of his current responsibilities to his successor in China.

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22nd April 2016

Meet the authors selling millions

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If you are an unpublished author dreaming of being discovered by thousands of readers, with a bit of hard work you can accomplish this dream. Take Rachel Abbott’s word for it: in 2011 she decided to go solo and self-publish her first novel through the Kindle Direct Publishing programme (KDP). Five years and six novels later, Rachel has sold two million copies and is eager to share her experience with other aspiring writers.

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Past Posts
Amazon Publishing win adult Book of the Year at 2017 Futurebook Awards (14/12/2017)

Lesbians Who Tech Summit comes to Amazon UK (13/12/2017)

Congratulations to Lauren Gemmell: TechWomen50 Award Winner! (12/12/2017)

Rural businesses see digital technology as key to growth but face skills and training barriers (11/12/2017)

Congrats to Mike Doodson for winning our Christmas Writing Competition (08/12/2017)

Celebrating small business success at the Amazon Growing Business Awards (07/12/2017)

In Kind Direct awards prestigious Founder’s Award to Amazon (05/12/2017)

We are proud to have been recognised for our support for military veterans (04/12/2017)

Working with Womanthology to champion diversity in business (30/11/2017)

Meet the small businesses of Black Friday (13/11/2017)

AmazonSmile: Charitable giving ahead of the busiest shopping period of the year (9/11/2017)

We are delighted to support Small Business Saturday this year (8/11/2017)

Tips from Lucy Banks for how to write a children’s Christmas story (6/11/2017)

Recognising Scottish female tech talent (1/11/2017)

Celebrating Black History Month (31/10/2017)

Helping celebrate LGBT+ and straight ally role models in the workplace (27/10/2017)

We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Women of the Future Awards (17/10/2017)

Amazon Lends Support to This is the Place, Choose Love, Manchester (16/10/2017)

Lauren Gemmell shortlisted for the Scotland Women in Technology Awards (10/10/2017)

Proud to be shortlisted for the European Diversity Awards (04/10/2017)

Welcoming our parents to our new UK head office for the day (03/10/2017)

Our Apprentices Celebrate Career Milestone (19/09/2017)

Congratulations to Lauren Kisser, everywoman in Retail’s ‘Ambassador of the Year’ (13/09/2017)

Call for rural SMEs to join Amazon/FSB webinar to learn how to grow their business and export through Amazon Marketplace (10/08/2017)

It’s a UK Kindle Storyteller Award win for David Leadbeater’s The Relic Hunters (26/07/2017)

Our new head office cements our long-term commitment to the UK (25/07/2017)

Have your say on how to unlock the digital potential of rural Britain (24/07/2017)

You’re hired! We’re offering 100 apprentice opportunities across our UK operations sites (21/07/2017)

We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Pink News Business Equality Award (20/07/2017)

Rural Business Awards shortlist announced after record year for nominations (17/07/2017)

Meet Casey and Chris: Two great success stories from the AWS re:Start training and education programme (13/07/2017)

Call for inspirational stories of small business success: Amazon Growing Business Awards (12/07/2017)

We loved being part of the Pride in London parade (10/07/2017)

Congratulations to Hannah, winner of our national ‘Design a Drone’ competition (05/07/2017)

Shortlist for the first Kindle UK Storyteller Award Unveiled (04/07/2017)

Public tours launched at Dunfermline fulfilment centre (26/06/2017)

Amazon Sponsors the 10th FTA Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards (26/06/2017)

Employees tell us why they feel they found the right place (21/06/2017)

We’re excited to announce Amazon Music as Pride in London’s official music partner (20/06/2017)

Innovation for the next generation: Prime Air lab tours (20/06/2017)

Enterprising Women Summit 2017: Equipping Britain’s female business leaders for a global Britain (16/06/2017)

First young adults complete their AWS re:Start training (01/06/2017)

Amazon Channels Launches in the UK (24/05/2017)

Helping Scotland’s SMEs get online, innovate, and export (24/05/2017)

Peterborough Amazon team head back to the classroom for Learning at Work Week (19/05/2017)

The Koala Who Could: Winner of Oscar’s Book Prize 2017 (16/05/2017)

Last chance for authors to write that story they have always wanted to tell to be in with the chance of winning £20,000 (15/05/2017)

Just 10 days to go to enter for the Amazon Digital Business of the Year Award (10/05/2017)

Meet Claire: one of three women selected for the Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary (08/05/2017)

Amazon.co.uk now has over 250 million unique products, boosted by added selection from SMEs selling on Marketplace (04/05/2017)

Amazon and CAA invite schoolchildren across the UK to ‘Design a Drone’ (03/05/2017)

Magazines now available in Kindle Unlimited alongside over a million books (28/04/2017)

Celebrating the best of rural businesses (18/04/2017)

Amazon Academy comes to Scotland (13/04/2017)

Hundreds of North West businesses come to the Amazon Manchester Academy (31/03/2017)

Amazon Music celebrates artists and labels as headline sponsor of the 2017 Music Week Awards (27/03/2017)

Junior inventors go behind the scenes at our Cambridge Development Centre (16/03/2017)

Amazon at Retail Week Live: Digital and Retail – it’s still Day One (10/03/2017)

Our new literary prize, The Kindle UK Storyteller Award, is now open for entries (22/02/2017)

Amazon Academy Manchester - Enabling SME growth through e-commerce and exports (21/02/2017)

Amazon UK to create record 5,000 full-time jobs in 2017 (20/02/2017)

Supporting Oscar’s Book Prize: celebrating children’s love of reading (02/02/2017)

Celebrating flexible working arrangements (30/01/2017)

AWS re:Start: Helping 1,000 people across Britain into high tech careers (12/01/2017)

Small businesses are thriving selling on Amazon Marketplace (06/01/2017)

Aspiring Writer Wins Chance to Top Christmas Reading List with Tale of Sol The Slug’s Night Before Christmas (20/12/2016)

Supporting families this Christmas with Home-Start (20/12/2016)

Latest SME Growth Tracker reveals UK SMEs expect accelerating growth in 2017 (19/12/2016)

Thank you to nearly 1,000 entrants into our Twas the Night Before Christmas writing competition (09/12/2016)

Giving the next generation the fuel to learn (08/12/2016)

A night of celebration at the Amazon Growing Business Awards (01/12/2016)

Working flexibly shouldn’t change your career trajectory (30/11/2016)

Black Friday is here featuring thousands of deals and millions of pounds worth of savings as customers get an early start on their Christmas shopping (25/11/2016)

Amazon Launches Search for Modern Day Interpretation of Twas the Night Before Christmas (24/11/2016)

We’re at our first ever Amazon Academy in the UK (23/11/2016)

Update on Customer Reviews (22/11/2016)

Katie McQuaid Speaks About Inspiring Women in Business (21/11/2016)

FanDuel named Amazon Digital Business of the Year (16/11/2016)

Students tour Amazon Fashion Photography Studio to get taste of working in fashion (10/11/2016)

Little Dish Named Telegraph Festival of Business SME of the Year, in association with Amazon (09/11/2016)

Welcoming Local School Children to our Development Centre in Cambridge to Learn about Prime Air (02/11/2016)

Amazon enters top 5 of Guardian’s Most Popular UK Employers for Graduates (31/10/2016)

Time for a game (27/10/2016)

Amazon and WISE supporting women in STEM across the UK (14/10/2016)

Amazon Academy - Enabling SME growth through e-commerce and exports (13/10/2016)

Shortlist for Amazon Growing Business Awards shines light on the best of British business (03/10/2016)

New SME Growth Tracker research reveals SMEs forecast faster growth in the coming year (02/10/2016)

Amazon becomes a Stonewall Diversity Champion (21/09/2016)

Amazon UK’s Jacqui Chin selected for Ambassador Programme (14/09/2016)

UK Legal Team Teaches Teens about Life as a Lawyer (09/09/2016)

Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary (07/09/2016)

Amazon joins OUTstanding to improve support for LGBT+ employees (26/08/2016)

Gender Diversity at Amazon (12/08/2016)

Digital Business Award Shortlist (29/07/2016)

Introducing Dash (28/07/2016)

Amazon Partners with UK Government (26/07/2016)

Empowering others (19/07/2016)

Amazon UK named top employer (21/06/2016)

Recognising small business (01/06/2016)

Digital businesses in Britain (17/05/2016)

Doug Gurr appointed UK Country Manager for Amazon (27/04/2016)

Meet the authors selling millions (22/04/2016)