Nestlé is quitting its Croydon headquarters and moving to a site on the edge of Gatwick Airport.

The manufacturing giant has been seeking a new HQ for several years. It said it had investigated redeveloping its current site or finding a new one in the Croydon but last year announced it would be looking further afield.

Nestlé UK & Ireland boss Paul Grimwood today said the company would be moving its 840 office-based employees to City Place, Gatwick, by the end of this year.

“We are investing across the UK to establish our next generation of world-class facilities,” he said.

“Our new head office will provide a modern, efficient and attractive workplace for our people in an ideal location.”