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Living And Working In Northampton

Joanna Clare

Northampton, in the county of Northamptonshire is a town which is situated in the East Midlands about halfway between London and Birmingham. It is one of the largest towns in England but does not yet have city status. Northamptonshire itself is often described as the Rose of the Shires because of the areas of simple, rural charm.

The River Nene flows through some of Northampton and is popular with boaters. It is a hundred miles long and is the eighth longest river in the UK.

In the past, Northampton was famed for leather goods and footwear which was further helped by the beginning of the railways and the Grand Union Canal. Several of the finest shoemakers are still enjoying a good trade with skills having been passed through the generations.

Northampton’s dynamism is shown in several major industry sectors such as financial services, advanced manufacturing, hospitality and logistics. Recent research has shown that Northampton has been identified as being among the top ten best places to start up a successful new business with several well established and major leading companies having their headquarters based in Northampton.

A significant amount of investment has been put into Northampton and it holds a strong and impressive vision for the future having been awarded  substantial grants for regeneration. Northampton's award winning Cultural Quarter which is packed full of art galleries, theatres, cinemas and all manner of historic attractions, now includes the recent fantastic transformation of the iconic Vulcan Works which provides plenty of spaces for start up business needs.

Northampton is a little under seventy miles from London and is easily accessed by either of the three junctions of the M1 and with regular and major rail connections, this allows the journey to be swift and effortless. The nearest airports are Birmingham, East Midlands and Luton.

Ideally placed in the heart of England, Northampton provides an interesting variety of attractions and the surrounding areas offer such delights as Northampton Castle, several scenic parks, wonderful stately homes and gardens, stunning churches with magnificent architectures and plenty of museums and galleries. Close by are picturesque market towns and pretty villages where time seems to slow down.

Northampton is a market town and its fascinating marketplace is one of the oldest in Britain, dating from medieval times and there are many high street shops, cafes and restaurants catering for all tastes.

Northampton has seen an increase in popularity and there is a very impressive assortment of properties available with the older style homes tending to be situated on the outskirts and beyond.

Looking for a Career in Northampton? We are hosting a careers fair at Northampton Guildhall on Friday 24th February, between the times of 10am-2pm. Ours event are completely free for jobseekers and are a great way to meet hiring companies around the city. Find out more here!

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