14 April 2011

An agenda for future jobs growth and prosperity in the county was outlined yesterday at the inaugural meeting of the newly appointed board of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership. The partnership builds on the work of Northamptonshire Enterprise Limited.

The 20-strong team, a public, private and voluntary partnership, will work together to lead economic growth for the whole county.

The board is comprised of key private sector representatives from Northamptonshire-based businesses across a variety of sectors including logistics, food and drink and performance engineering.

Members include representatives from key Northamptonshire businesses such as Barclaycard, Carlsberg and Silverstone Circuits.

There is also a strong public sector presence and input from voluntary sector organisations including the University of Northampton and St John Ambulance.

Board chairman Paul Southworth said: “I believe that we have the right team in place to bring significant economic growth to the county and the right people to bring the right conditions which will lead to future prosperity.

“An enormous amount of work has been done in recent years in building the county’s reputation as a great place in which to live and work and we are determined to continue with and enhance this strategy.”

Cllr Jim Harker, leader of Northamptonshire County Council, said: “I am so pleased that Northamptonshire’s business community has responded so enthusiastically to our new Enterprise Partnership, the whole county has been going through a tough time over recent years but I’m confident that as the recovery develops, Northamptonshire will be seen as an excellent destination where strong, stable, growth is guaranteed.

“This new business-led board with annual funding of £2m from the county council behind it gives us many of the key ingredients to bring prosperity and growth to the county.”