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Northamptonshire Local Enterprise Partnership

This website was last updated in September 2016. NEP is now closed and a newly formed organisation has responsibility for the South East Midlands region. Please visit www.semlep.com for further information and support, thank you.

Welcome to NEP

NEP and its partners work with government to unlock Northamptonshire’s growth potential and build on its success as one of the most entrepreneurial and fastest growing places in the country; aiming to increase the local economy from £16 billion to £20 billion in 7 years and bring about unprecedented growth and prosperity for our businesses, people and communities.

95% of businesses would recommend NEP

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A £20 billion GVA ambition by 2021.

Business & Innovation

NEP’s programmes and interventions to support Business and Innovation in Northamptonshire are targeted at small, growing businesses and a range of different sized businesses within the county’s four key sectors – High Performance Technologies, Food & Drink, Creative & Cultural Industries and Logistics.

Building strong foundations, supporting sustainable business growth and providing advice and investment to help improve performance and productivity are all key actions for NEP. This will lead to greater efficiencies, innovation and the enriched competitiveness of Northamptonshire’s SMEs.

Read more – download our Annual Report


It is critical that Northamptonshire’s current and future workforce have the necessary skills and aspirations to meet the demands of local businesses. NEP’s work in this area addresses both the current skills shortages and planning for the future.

NEP is responding to the challenges that local industries are facing in finding skilled people to meet their growth demand and a number of projects have been developed to help address Northamptonshire’s bespoke skills requirements. The Place to Teach campaign is one example of this work in action.

Read more – download our Annual Report


Northamptonshire has one of the UK’s fastest growing populations and a current strategic priority is to ensure that the current and future housing needs of the county’s people and communities are met by providing the right product at the right price in the right place.

Major developments such as the Stanton Cross Strategic Urban Extension (SUE) in Wellingborough and significant housing sites in areas such as Corby North East, Daventry North East, Kettering East, Northampton North, Rushden East and Towcester South will help fulfil Northamptonshire’s housing requirement.

Read more – download our Annual Report


Northamptonshire’s main road infrastructure needs are already identified and many of these schemes are already funded and underway including the A45 Daventry Development Link and the A43 improvements to enable housing and employment development.

NEP and its partners have commissioned a series of reports to understand any potential constraints to growth from underpinning infrastructure such as utilities, rail and aviation that will help to inform future investment priorities. Northamptonshire also aims to benefit from nearly full coverage of enhanced Superfast Broadband by 2017.

Read more – download our Annual Report

Choose your business sector

View our campaigns

Growth Hub

The Northamptonshire Growth Hub provides comprehensive business support, opening doors for Northamptonshire businesses large
and small.

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Love Bright

This campaign connects young people and their potential employers, giving fresh insight into the many great career, training and apprenticeship opportunities available in the county.

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The Place
to Teach

The ideal place to start and develop a teaching career, Northamptonshire is passionate about improving educational performance.

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Location, Location, Location

Northamptonshire is one hour from London, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge.

All this on our doorstep

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