Businesses in Northamptonshire have seen a growth in exports and confidence levels since the beginning of the year, the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce has said.
According to findings from the Chamber’s quarterly econoic survey released today, the county’s manufacturing sector has continued to show strong rises in national and international sales, as well as a rise in available jobs.
The survey, which coincides with Export Week (7-11 April) contains details about performance, concerns and trading experiences during the first quarter of 2014 from 125 Northamptonshire firms.
It showed that 100% of maunfacturer’s sales had remained the same or increased (up from 88% in 2013), 92% aimed to recruit new employees and 97% expected their turnover to increase or stay the same over the rest of the year.
Figures for service companies were similar with 100% expecting their workforce to stay the same or increase.
The Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce have also announced that they have chosen the Northampton Samaritans as their Charity of the Year for 2014/2015.
The charity, which has been providing a listening ear to the local community for more than 45 years, will be given membership to the Chamber’s Business Alliance Group, enabling it to network with some of the county’s most influential companies, meet with local MPs and attend Chamber events for free.
Rebekka Hammersley, fund-raising and publicity officer, at Northampton Samaritans, said: “We are really pleased to have been chosen by the team at Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce as their charity partner for the next 12 months. This is a great opportunity for Northampton Samaritans to raise awareness within the local business community, and reach out to people who are struggling to cope.”
Last year the staff at the Chamber raised a total of £695 for Teamwork Trust, a registered charity and social enterprise providing therapeutic services for vulnerable people across Northamptonshire.