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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. 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 aside from London, Northampton is the best place to start up a successful business and several well established and major leading companies have 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 a substantial grant for regeneration.

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, magnificent stately homes and gardens, stunning churches with magnificent architectures, museums and galleries. Close by are quaint 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.

The University of Northampton is proud to initiate positive changes and has won many awards~one of the latest being named one of the world's top 30 Higher Education Institutions for tackling inequality in the`2021 Times Higher Impact Rankings.

Similar to other places within the UK, Northampton has also seen a rise in property prices and has increased in popularity with the average price for a home here currently being around £284,000, according to a major online estate agent. There is a very  impressive assortment of properties available with older style homes tending to be situated away from the town centre.

Looking for a Career in Northampton? We are hosting a careers fair at Park Inn by Radisson on Friday 2nd September, 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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