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Global e-commerce giant invests £100m in new Manchester HQ for Booking.com

6th August 2018

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A £100m investment in a new tech campus will see Booking.com become the anchor tenant at Allied London’s Enterprise City development in Manchester.

Booking.com has signed a 12-year lease for 222,000 sq ft of office space at the Manchester Goods Yard, part of the St John’s regeneration masterplan on the former Granada studios site.

The Manchester Goods Yard will become a tech campus for over 1,500 employees currently working across Booking.com offices in 201 Deansgate, Sunlight House, and 35 and 42 Fountain Street. The company plans to recruit hundreds of additional staff in the next 18 months.

The Manchester Goods Yard

Construction of Manchester Goods Yard will begin this year and is due to complete in 2020. The office will be the second largest Booking.com location outside of its hub in Amsterdam.

The office will be the second largest Booking.com location

Booking.com is part of Booking Holdings Inc, the world’s third largest e-commerce company and one of Fortune’s most admired tech companies alongside Google, Amazon, and Facebook. 

Booking Holdings recently invested $500m in Chinese ride hailing app Didi Chuxing and already operates the Rentalcars.com and Rideways brands, alongside Booking.com. Manchester Goods Yard will be the global hub for its ground transport products, which operates the Rentalcars.com brand.

Based in Manchester, Ian Brown is the CEO of the transport division of Booking.com, which was named by website Glassdoor as one of the top 20 best employers in the country.

Ian Brown, the CEO of the transport division of Booking.com

Brown says that the new office and its planned investment will help it to continue to attract and retain the very best in UK and international tech talent.

“We are committed to the city of Manchester and to its future as one of Europe’s largest and most important tech hubs. We plan to develop Manchester Goods Yard into one of the most exciting and dynamic workplaces in the UK.

Brown continued: “Our operations in Manchester form a critical part of our global infrastructure and we have big ambitions to grow here over the next 12 years. To do this, we need to continue to invest in our people, our offices and technology, and our local community - not least in education and enterprise.

“We’re proud to be anchoring Enterprise City as it establishes itself as a hub for talent and collaboration between tech, media and creative businesses both large and small.”

Mike Ingall, CEO of Allied London, added: “We have formed a great working relationship with the senior management at Booking.com, which has enabled us to reinforce the company’s commitment to Manchester.

“Enterprise City at St. John’s provides vital infrastructure to creative, digital and tech companies, across 10 buildings in total. We’re proud to be working with companies such as Booking.com at Enterprise City, ensuring the cluster will have an international role in the tech and media sectors.”

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said:  "This a major vote of confidence in Manchester by a leading global name which underlines the city's attractiveness and will open up further job opportunities in our flourishing tech sector. 

“As the anchor tenant in Enterprise City, Booking.com's ground transport global headquarters will also help stimulate Europe's fastest growing tech and creative hub."

Booking.com is part of Booking Holdings Inc, the world leader in online travel, which serves consumers and partners through six primary brands – Booking.com, priceline.com, KAYAK, agoda.com, Rentalcars.com and OpenTable.

Property consultants OBI acted on behalf of Booking.com.

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