Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to invest billions of dollars in the United Kingdom as part of a long-term commitment to the area.
The cloud computing behemoth has announced that it will invest more than £1.8 billion in UK-related development over the next two years, more than doubling its previous total commitment in the nation.
The funds will be used to develop and operate data centers in the United Kingdom, including expanding the AWS London Region, which was originally introduced in December 2016.
Today, organizations of all sizes and across all industries in the UK are using AWS – from the fastest-growing startups to small and medium-sized businesses, the largest enterprises, public sector organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies," the company announced in a blog post.
The additional investment will improve network connection for AWS customers across the UK, from multi billion-pound corporations like ITV, Just Eat, and NatWest to small startups.
AWS will also extend its re/Start initiative, which helps educate cloud computing skills for free across the United Kingdom. The firm expects that by 2025, re/Start will have touched 29 million people worldwide. It is now running in Belfast, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester, and Newcastle.
The announcement comes after AWS said earlier this year that it would add 25,000 permanent positions throughout the UK, bringing its total headcount to over 70,000.
The firm also hopes to expand its green and renewable energy activities across the UK, completing its first UK renewable energy project on Scotland's Kintyre Peninsula in October 2021.
According to AWS, this is the first of five new large-scale renewable energy projects in the UK enabled by Amazon and built without public subsidy, providing 545MW of clean energy, enough to power 620,000 homes, and assisting both Scotland and the UK in meeting their 2030 renewable energy targets.
"We are proud of our contributions to the UK economy," noted Darren Hardman, VP & General Manager of AWS UK and Ireland. "Looking ahead, we know that the UK remains full of opportunity. We continue to be excited by the potential to continue supporting our customers, partners, and citizens across the UK over the years to come."