Rolls-Royce is coming home to Manchester with new HQ, 850 jobs and plans to generate clean home-grown energy

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Tom Samson, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls Royce look at a model of a Rolls Royce Nuclear Power plant after attending a roundtable meeting with leading figures from the Nuclear Energy in 10 Downing Street. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

Rolls-Royce SMR’s new head office will be located in central Manchester, as part of its continued expansion.

The Manchester headquarters of Rolls-Royce’s mini nuclear power station division will operate alongside its existing locations in Warrington and Derby.

Tom Samson, Rolls-Royce SMR’s chief executive, made the announcement during a stakeholder event where the company’s senior leadership team gave an update on the project to deploy a fleet of Small Modular Reactors (SMR) power stations.

Mr Samson said:

“Rolls-Royce SMR is coming back to Manchester, where Charles Rolls and Henry Royce first met in 1904.

“We’re growing as a company and, as we move at pace to build our SMR power stations in the UK, the time is right to set up our head office in this fantastic city.

“We’re on target to recruit 850 people to work on this incredibly exciting project by the end of this year.

“As the UK’s domestic nuclear energy champion, we will play a vital role in providing clean, reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity for generations to come.”

Business and Energy Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said:

“I am excited to see Rolls Royce returning to its spiritual home of Manchester to expand on its vital and innovative work developing small modular reactors, designed and manufactured in Britain.

“Backed by £210 million Government funding last year, Rolls Royce’s small modular reactors have the potential to be a key part of boosting the UK’s nuclear power capacity up to 24GW by 2050, as we turbocharge plans to generate more clean, affordable, home-grown power in the UK, for the UK.”

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