Business leaders in Northamptonshire have said they are optimistic about how the area’s economy will perform in 2014.
Figures released by the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), which was set up to help boost the county’s economy, show that 2,200 new jobs were created in the county in 2013.
A spokesman for the organisation said: “This really does demonstrate that Northamptonshire is on track to deliver an ambitious annual growth target of one per cent a year over and above national levels.”
The group has said they believe the county’s economy “is set for continued growth during 2014”.
They are also working on plans which are due to be submitted to the Government later this year which detail how 32,500 more new jobs can be created in the county by 2021 along with the development of an additional 37,000 new homes.
A survey of business leaders has also shown that there is confidence in the area’s economy following the gloom of the recession.
The survey carried out by county networking group, NN coNNect, found almost 80 per cent of companies believed business had increased since the depths of the credit crunch.
The poll of 71 county firms also showed that almost 96 per cent of entrepreneurs were optimistic about the future, while 83 per cent believed Northamptonshire’s economy is healthy.
Northamptonshire businessman and NN coNNect group director, Paul Green, said the figures were a good sign for 2014.
He said: “I’m aware that other business surveys might paint a bleaker picture, however, people in my network are hopeful about the future as reflected by this poll.”
Fellow NN coNNect member, business coach Jacqui Elmore, of Northampton-based Ology, agreed that things were looking up.
She said: “I think the business community is fed up with wave after wave of negative economic stories from the national media, but actually out here in the real world things are a lot more positive than sometimes portrayed.”
The NN coNNect group meets fortnightly in Northampton, Daventry, Stanwick and Corby.
For more information about the organisation, visit www.nn-connect.co.uk or call 01933 375 300.