Situated midway between the major cities London and Birmingham, Northampton might be seen to struggle to attract the best candidates for job vacancies. But as most recruiters in the town will know, Northampton has plenty to offer to lure them in and many are looking for jobs in Northampton.
Historically, the entire town was destroyed in the Fire of Northampton in 1675 but it was soon rebuilt and following the development of the Grand Union Canal and the arrival of the railways, it rose from the ashes and forged a fine reputation for its footwear and leather goods manufacture.
Talking of fire, rumour has it that Northampton was the scene of the last burning of ‘witches’ when two women were put to death in 1705. These days, there’s not much call for witch finders in Northampton but there are plenty of other opportunities. Manufacturing has given way to the distribution and financial services industries. Other key employers include The University of Northampton, St Andrew’s Healthcare a national mental health charity, Coca Cola and the Carlsberg Brewery, the first outside Denmark when it was opened in 1974.
Northampton has excellent transport links. It’s on the M1 and as well as its rail links to London and Birmingham, travellers can access the East Midlands, Luton and Birmingham airports easily and quickly via the M1 and M6. The recently-upgraded Sywell Aerodrome caters for corporate flights too. Moves to regenerate the town centre are good news for business and jobs in Northampton, which has around 3,400 people looking for work according to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), with free parking offers and a successful Business Incentive Scheme helping to reduce the percentage of empty commercial premises in the town from 16% in 2013 to 12% this year.
The town’s Waterside Enterprise Zone has seen 1,000 jobs created since 2011 and it has attracted nearly £120m of private sector investment since it was set up. That’ll no doubt help swell the coffers of Northampton’s proposed new Starbucks outlet, which will be one of the coffee house chain’s biggest in this country. Perfect for that morning coffee on the way to a new job in the heart of Northampton.
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