06 March 2014

A new independent report highlighting Northampton as the best performing town for businesses in the UK has been welcomed by Northamptonshire County Council.

Generating business growth

Global company Experian has released a report which looks into the key areas of economic performance including number of start-ups and business turn-over, and this points to Northampton as being the top performing town in the country.

The report is the latest in a string of accolades paid to the county regarding its role in generating business growth and comes after it was named most Enterprising Place in 2012 and received praise from the Prime Minister in 2013 for its role in moving the country’s economy forward.

Cabinet member for economic growth and public protection, Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, said: "This report once again shows that this is the place to come and do business and I am delighted that such a distinguished and world-renowned company has come to this conclusion.

"Here in Northamptonshire we have a strong track record in working together to create the right environment for businesses, whether that be the huge range of support available through Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership the ground-breaking Northampton Alive project with Northampton Borough Council and others, or the on-going growth in reputation of the University of Northampton.

"This kind of business performance does not happen by accident. In Northamptonshire we are blessed with inspiring entrepreneurs, cutting edge businesses, and organisations such as the county council and NEP pursuing innovative approaches and schemes to stimulate regeneration.

"Once again we are seeing Northampton being put on the map for the right reasons and we look forward to building on such strong foundations in the future."

Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership Jo Lappin said: "Northamptonshire is the perfect location for business, located at the heart of the country and within easy reach of all parts of the UK including one hour travelling time from London.

"We also have a huge advantage in that we benefit from a growing, loyal and committed workforce which is an essential part of our proposition. It is excellent that an independent report recognises our unique offer. We also offer a first rate support package to our existing and incoming businesses."

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