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Online giant Amazon has announced that it plans to open a new fulfilment centre in Tilbury, Essex, creating over 1,500 new jobs.

The new centre will be completed by 2017, follows the recent news that Amazon plans to open another centre in Doncaster, which would create another 500 jobs, that was revealed earlier this month.

Amazon is increasing the size of its UK fulfilment centre network to meet increasing customer demand, expand its product selection and support the needs of a growing number of independent small businesses selling on Amazon Marketplace using Fulfilment by Amazon warehousing and delivery.

John Tagawa, Amazon’s vice president of UK operations, said: “We are excited to announce that we will be opening our 13th fulfilment centre in the UK in Tilbury in spring 2017 to enable us to continue to expand our product selection, support more third party sellers including small businesses with our fulfilment expertise and meet growing customer demand in the UK.”

Amazon also confirmed that two new fulfilment centres will open in Manchester and Coalville, Leicestershire, creating 1,500 new permanent jobs over three years, later this year, whilst revealing that it plans to open a brand new London office in 2017.