Businesses urged to have their say on Northamptonshire’s future

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Businesses are being urged to have their say on the future economic strategies for Northamptonshire at two days of seminars next week.

The sessions have been organised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), which is currently developing two economic strategies for the county.

NEP, which receives national and local authority funding, is aiming to attract several hundred million pounds of Government investment, as well as detailing plans on how it will spend £47 million of European funding.

The partnership states it wants to create an additional 32,500 jobs and grow the county’s economy by £4 billion over the next four years.

New chief executive, Jo Lappin, said there was a feeling of positivity from many businesses about the future of the county and it was now time to deliver on further growth.

“The businesses of Northamptonshire have shown that they have appetite and ambition for economic growth, as demonstrated by our strong recovery from the recession.

“It is important that people now really feel this through their pay packet, and continued growth will help deliver this. Our private sectors drive growth and that’s why it’s important they tell us what they need from NEP, Government and our wider public sector partners to help them achieve it.

“Our plans will help create new jobs, new homes, improved roads and significant business and investment opportunities benefiting people and communities right across Northamptonshire. We all need to work together to make sure that we are doing the right things for our businesses, our people and our economy, and that’s why we are holding four events to hear from those businesses about what matters to them.”

The events will provide an overview of Northamptonshire’s economy, details of the Strategic Economic Plan and ESIF Strategy and the new partnership working arrangements that NEP is putting in place.

The seminars take place at the Sturtridge Suite at Northampton Saints on Wednesday, January 29, and Thursday, January 30. The sessions are as follows: Infrastructure and Connectivity – Wednesday, between 9.30am and 1pm; Housing – Wednesday, between 1pm-4.30pm; Business and Innovation, Thursday, between 9.30am and 1pm; Employment and Skills – Thursday, between 1pm - 4.30pm

To attend any of these seminars, please contact