Northampton one of top spots in UK for starting a new business, research reveals

Tom Warner, from Warner Edwards

Tom Warner, from Warner Edwards

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Northampton is one of the best locations in the UK to start up a small business, according to new research.

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) examined information from 64 cities across the UK to determine the best location to start a business in, cross referencing data from seven key criteria including the density of small and medium sized businesses in the area, quality of broadband connectivity, the amount of small businesses closures, property prices, and even pollution levels.

Tom Warner, from Warner Edwards

Tom Warner, from Warner Edwards

Northampton, which came 11th on the league table, rated highly for having a relatively large number of small businesses opening in the area. Other places in the top twenty include Brighton, Cambridge, Aberdeen and Blackburn.

Warner Edwards is a craft distillery based on a family farm in Harrington, Northamptonshire which was set up in 2012 and produces craft gin. As a business whose gin that has won medals all over the world, Warner Edwards is one of the successful businesses that have given Northampton it’s high ranking in AAT’s list.

Warner Edwards co-founder Tom Warner said: “Several reasons drove us to Northampton; a 200-year-old stone barn that we use as a distillery, a fabulous ancient spring on the farm that we use to create our gins, and geographic location.

“Northamptonshire is like the crossroads of the UK, it has access to most of the main arterial roads for the country so we can get to most places in the country within two hours.

“We weren’t surprised to see Northampton identified as one of the best places to start a business, there is a big start up focus in the county and the region supported by various organisations.

“The Northants Enterprise Partnership (NEP) was great from the start and there are several other local agencies for the midlands area that have also been very supportive like SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership), Velocity Growth Hub, & Growth Accelerator,” he added.