Supporting your business
North Northamptonshire Council won Community Renewal Funding from Government to deliver and commission activities to support local businesses during 2022. Examples of the initiatives delivered through this funding include:
North Northamptonshire Council has also been awarded monies through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to deliver further activity. This funding is to support a new visitor centre to support the visitor economy, grant schemes to support businesses with Innovation and Decarbonisation and support for Start-ups. This will include targeted workshops and opportunities to apply for grant funding.
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University of Northampton
Based at Waterside Campus, the University’s Business Support team offers a wide range of business support services to the Northamptonshire community with a team of experienced, accredited advisers with customer-focussed support staff - providing information, advice and guidance to entrepreneurs and businesses at all stages of their development.
SEMLEP Growth Hub
Set up in 2014, the SEMLEP Growth Hub is the business support division of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP). SEMLEP works to build a strong economy by tackling barriers to sustainable growth and supporting job creation for the future prosperity of communities across the South East Midlands. A key part of this is providing support to businesses across our area which includes Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes.
Business and IP Centre Northamptonshire
Whether you are just starting, need advice on protecting your intellectual property, or are ready to take the next step in your business journey Business IP Centre Northamptonshire is leading a revolution by inspiring a thriving community of new and existing business owners.
The Federation of Small Businesses
The Federation of Small Businesses' mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions by offering its members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice heard in government.
Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce
The Northamptonshire Chamber membership represents around 1,000 Northamptonshire businesses and is part of a worldwide network. It is one of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Accredited Chambers and has been specifically designed to enable small and medium-sized businesses to make the most of their potential.
NNBN is a new and exciting business membership for North Northamptonshire there to help businesses in the North Northants area recover, build, and grow for a brighter future. The membership is open to businesses, organisations, charities, and families who are based in or provide services to North Northamptonshire.
Business advice and support are also available via the private sector.
Building Business offers a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience ensuring our services meet your organization's goals and objectives. We aim to add value to your business by working with you to achieve success, whether that is as a consultant or acting as your marketing department or business development team.
GOV UK - Government’s business self-employed website providing comprehensive tools and guidance.
HM Revenue Customs - Provides guidance, tools, and online forms information around PAYE and the latest legislation.
Companies House - Is a registrar of companies and is an executive agency of His Majesty's Government sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy Industrial Strategy. Here you can find company information, file your company accounts plus information on starting and running a company, forms, guidance and online webinars.
Office of National Statistics - Activities of businesses and industry in the UK, including data on the production and trade of goods and services, sales by retailers, characteristics of businesses, the construction and manufacturing sectors, and international trade.
Innovate UK - They are the UK’s innovation agency. They help UK businesses to grow through the development and commercialisation of new products, processes and services, supported by an outstanding innovation ecosystem that is agile, inclusive and easy to navigate.
UK Shared Prosperity Fund
NNC has secured funding through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). There are 3 elements to the fund:
- Core Funding - to support businesses, communities, and skills in the area, including in ‘Left Behind Communities’
- Rural England Prosperity Fund - to support businesses and communities in the rural area
- Multiply - to support adult numeracy
The Council’s approach to the UKSPF was agreed by the Executive on 10 November 2022.
Year 1 (2022/23) projects include:
- a masterplan and funding strategy for the North Northants Greenway
- a base-line audit and Visitor Economy Strategy
- establishment of an interactive Visitor Centre at Rushden Lakes
- support for local businesses on decarbonisation and energy efficiency
- a Community Grants scheme
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities and place, supporting local businesses, and people and skills.
SEMLEP - Responsible for securing and overseeing the spending of 2 main sources of growth funding for the South East Midlands: The Local Growth Fund (Growth Deal) and European Funding PLUS Community grants.
GOV UK - The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, list of available business finance and grants.
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Funding projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.
The British Business Bank - Is 100% Government owned, but independently managed. It brings expertise and Government money to the smaller business finance markets. We don’t lend or invest directly. Instead working with over 130 partners such as banks, leasing companies, venture capital funds and web-based platforms.
GrantFinder - Grantfinder's up-to-the-minute database is supported by a dedicated team of expert researchers who monitor, digest, verify and report daily on thousands of funding sources including charitable trusts, societies, research councils, national government, the EU and corporate sponsors.
First Enterprise - Providing government-backed business loans and support to entrepreneurs, SMEs, and social enterprises who are unable to borrow from traditional high street lenders.
NNC owned and / or managed business space in the area include:
Corby Enterprise Centre provides flexible serviced offices, studio space, co-working space, virtual offices and meeting rooms to growing companies within a professional and modern environment.
The Corby Innovation Hub provides flexible Industrial and Workshop space as well as serviced offices and meeting rooms to growing companies within a professional and modern environment.
Enterprise Centre, East Northants (ENEC) - Raunds - ENEC is managed by BizSpace on behalf of the Council. For office, studio, workshop, storage, virtual office and mailbox sales enquiries, call the sales team on 0800 975 0875 for general enquiries, call 01933 698 524.
Space for micro-businesses and SMEs to operate and grow is also available via the private sector.
Corby Business Centre - Multi-tenanted business centre with office, workshop and storeroom spaces ranging from 200 sq ft to 2000 sq ft, ideal for businesses looking for a place to grow.
Eckland Lodge - A family-run business park, established for over 20 years, and situated in the rural setting of the Leicestershire / Northamptonshire border. The park has a modern mix of commercial properties, from offices, workshops and factory units to the brand new, purpose-built, serviced office development, contact 01536 762300.
Nene Business Centre - A serviced office provider with flexible offerings ranging from virtual to large office space for professionals, entrepreneurs, start-ups and established businesses.
Headlands Business Centre - Whether you’re an established enterprise or a growing start-up, discover flexible spaces and solutions to move your business forward.
Boughton - An estate situated on the edge of Kettering offering a wide variety of rural commercial units ranging from 100-1500 sq ft workshop and storage units to serviced offices on multiple sites.
Rothwell Grange Court - A complex of 17 stylish Barn Conversion office units full of character and finished to a very high standard with broadband and ample parking. Ideally located just off Junction 6 of the A14 and only a few minutes from Kettering Town Centre. Please phone Kevin O’Dell at Berry's on 01536 412464 or Samantha Jones at Prop-Search on 01933 223300.
Belgrade Business Centre - The office spaces at the Belgrade Centre, Wellingborough comprise a mix of ground and first-floor office suites, some with the capability of being combined to provide greater areas.
Bridle Close Business Centre - We offer a modern serviced office complex. This is maintained to a very high standard. We are a small independent family-run business that strives to provide an excellent and professional experience for all of our tenants.
Diamond House - Ideal for the kind of business that wants a professional, flexible, simple and hassle-free office environment.
Honey House - We offer a beautifully refurbished working environment where your business can flourish.
Large Sites and Business Parks
Last updated 24 April 2023