Working in Northamptonshire
Sam Wilson, July 27, 2015
Based in the heart of England, Northamptonshire has a great deal to offer residents and visitors alike. The perfect combination of nature, culture and history make it a fantastic place to relocate to.
Peaceful villages with thatched cottages and country lanes are surrounded by beautiful countryside, offering a piece of traditional England often absent from neighbouring boroughs.
The countryside of Northamptonshire is considered to be amongst the most beautiful in the country. Country parks, canals and ancient woodland provide walkers, hikers and cyclists an endless supply of routes that explore the county’s various hidden beauties.
Northamptonshire has gained a growing reputation for innovation in industry. There are now over 1,000 high performance technology companies offering a range of innovative products and technologies.
The county has also become home to big household names in food and drink such as Weetabix and Carlsberg as well as having twice the national average of food and drink manufacturers. The county’s placement in the middle of England make it logistically ideal for distribution, this fact has made it a popular location for these manufacturers.
When it comes to local government, Northamptonshire houses one county council, 4 borough councils, 3 district councils and over 200 parish councils.
Northamptonshire’s location in the centre of England make it easily reachable from anywhere in the country. London is less than an hour away by train and fantastic rail links make destinations such as Birmingham and South Yorkshire easily reachable.
The county is intersected by the M1, A5, A14 and M1-A1 with the M45, M6, M40 and A1 touching its boundaries. Excellent road links like this place the whole of England within easy reach.
As all of the above show, Northamptonshire has a great deal to offer those looking for somewhere to relocate. Prosperous career opportunities combine with plentiful opportunities to pursue all aspects of a fulfilling personal life. On top of this, Northamptonshire offers some of the most attractive and affordable housing within the commuter belt with prices up to 30% cheaper than the neighbouring counties of Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Central Bedfordshire.
When it comes to uses for your spare time, you’ll never be short of options in Northamptonshire. Though lacking a major city, towns such as Northampton, Kettering and Corby all have plenty to offer in terms of cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars.
For the avid shopper, Northampton town centre is home to high street brands, the famous Grovesnor Centre and one of Britain’s largest markets.
For the theatre goer, the Royal and Derngate Theatre plays host to a variety of theatre productions as well as stand up comedy and music events. The Core in Corby houses smaller productions and the Errol Flynn Filmhouse has regular showings of modern and classic cinematic displays.
The sports fan will never be bored in Northamptonshire with a wide variety of teams and events to whet their appetite.
The county is famously home to England’s pride and joy in motor sports, Silverstone Racecourse. The Formula 1 British Grand Prix is undoubtedly the highlight of the annual calendar but lovers of all things racing are treated to a host of events throughout the racing. These range all the way from the smallest bikes to truck racing.
Rugby and Cricket fans have plenty to enjoy in Northamptonshire with both played at very high levels. The Northampton Saints are a revered name in Rugby Union having won the English Premiership as recently as 2014. The ‘East Midlands Derby’ with Leicester Tigers is considered one of the fiercest rivalries in the sport and a highlight of the season.
Northamptonshire County Cricket Club are one of 18 major county clubs in the country and play in Division 1 of the County Championships.
History & Heritage
Northamptonshire is steeped in Roman heritage. The famous Roman road, Watling Street, passes through the county specifically serving the town of Towcester which itself is of Roman origin.
Following the Roman occupation, the district has had a number of other occupants including the Anglo-Saxons, Danes, and Normans.
Northampton itself was the site of an incredibly significant historic event, it was here that Henry VI was defeated during the War of the Roses in 1460.
For lovers of history, Northamptonshire is home to more historic houses than any other county. These include the earliest surviving dwelling in the county that is Prebendal Manor dating back to the 15th century and the beautiful 10,000 acre Castle Ashby.
Discover for yourself why Northamptonshire could be the perfect location for your new home and career.
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