Nestlé UK has announced it will be moving its headquarters from Croydon to Gatwick by the end of 2012.

The global confectionery manufacturer, well-known for its production of Kit Kat chocolate finger biscuits, will be relocating 840 office-based staff to 1 City Place, Gatwick, as part of a multi-million-pound UK investment programme in establishing world-class facilities.

Paul Grimwood, Nestlé UK & Ireland chairman and CEO, said: “This move represents an exciting new chapter for Nestlé. We are investing across the UK to establish our next generation of world-class facilities. Our new head office will provide a modern, efficient and attractive workplace for our people, in an ideal location.”

Nestlé UK announced two years ago that it was looking to find new facilities for its UK headquarters, due to difficulty in redeveloping its current Surrey-based offices, locally known as Nestlé Tower. The company will start to move later this year and complete its relocation by the end of 2012.

Nestlé UK is known for producing popular confectionery and coffee brands such as Nescafé, Smarties and Yorkie. Last April, it broadened its biscuit offering by launching an Aero biscuit into the market.