A new drive to get Corby working has been launched.
By the end of 2015 the £1.1m venture aims to create 140 jobs, attract 60 firms to the town, help launch 90 companies and support another 200 businesses.
About 90 representatives of companies and people hoping to set up their own enterprises attended the launch of the Growing Corby business growth programme at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel.
Backed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), it will help local businesses, social enterprises and companies interested in moving to Corby to grow and thrive.
The programme will offer grants, internships, coaching, expert advice and targeted market research.
Nick Bolton, founder of Electric Corby, the organisation managing the programme, said: “Corby is 10 years into a visionary regeneration programme that will see the town’s population double in size to 100,000 by 2031 and the launch of Growing Corby has been timed to support the next phase of this growth.
“We will work with existing businesses and social enterprises and offer the necessary support to encourage new businesses to move to this future-focused town.
“Corby is increasingly regarded as a regional and national economic centre and Growing Corby is positioned to be at the very heart of this.”
Of the £1.1m available for the scheme, £250,000 will be for grants of £2,500 to help up to 10 companies a month.
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