The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire are launching a programme of business support in Northamptonshire.​Build Your Business is a new programme aimed at small businesses, entrepreneurs and anyone thinking of starting their own business.The programme consists of:1:1s webinars workshops access to specialist business databases mentoring networking start-up grants of up to £2,000​Start-up business grantsPart of the Build Your Business programme is the opportunity to apply for a grant. Successful applicants will receive a £2,000 grant for business expenses and ongoing support from the BIPC Northamptonshire team.The eligibility criteria and terms and conditions include:The business must be registered in...

A kindhearted volunteer at Corby Foodbank has marked a decade of service helping people in crisis.Donna Sumpter is the first person that local people meet when visiting the foodbank, sitting on the welcome desk just inside the door at St Peter and St Andrew’s Church in Beanfield Avenue.She has dedicated two days a week to the charity for the past 10 years.“This is like a job for me,” said Donna. “I volunteer on Monday and Friday every week and I love talking and welcoming people.”Donna began volunteering after going through hard times herself. She experienced a difficult relationship, poor mental...

West Northamptonshire will welcome Britain’s biggest professional cycle this September, as Northampton plays host to the start and finish of the penultimate stage of the Lloyds Bank Tour of Britain Men on Saturday 7 September.Northampton is no stranger to professional cycling, having held women’s Tours of Britain in 2014 and 2016, but this will mark the first occasion that the men’s event has come to Northamptonshire.After starting in Northampton town centre, the stage will take in a route through West Northamptonshire of around 150 kilometres (93 miles), before heading back to the finish line in Northampton.Commenting on the announcement, British Cycling...

Grants of £5,000 and £50,000 are now available for rural businesses across North Northamptonshire.Using monies received from the Rural England Prosperity Fund, North Northamptonshire Council has re-launched a grant scheme to support existing rural businesses, with applications now open.Following on from earlier rounds of the grant schemes, applications are now being accepted for projects that can start quickly and be delivered in full by 28 February 2025. A particular target for this round is rural diversification, including business diversification and projects which support the visitor economy.Examples of projects supported in earlier rounds include:New Lodge Farm in Bulwick who extended...

Through the autumn to Christmas, Royal & Derngate brings a diverse programme of drama, musicals, comedy, music, dance and family entertainment to Northampton.The theatre’s season kicks off with the smash-hit production of Pretty Woman The Musical, featuring a blazing rock score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, and all the iconic moments from the movie. The cast for this ultimate rom-com includes last year’s panto star and former Strictly Come Dancing champion Ore Oduba. Other musicals to look forward to include the Olivier, Tony and Grammy Award-winning show Dear Evan Hansen in January, and West End musical comedy Only Fools...

Just two years after taking the complete production of its campervan range in-house, leading VW and Ford campervan conversion company, Redline Campers, has gained prestigious approval from the National Caravan Council (NCC).On Monday 1st July 2024, Redline Campers’ campervans were recognised by the NCC’s Manufacturers Approval Scheme. This means the company’s campervan conversions exceed BS EN 1646 European Health & Safety Standards, and have been subject to the NCC’s comprehensive inspections and safety checks.In receiving NCC approval, Redline Campers joins just 15 other companies and only four other VW campervan converters in the UK that are licensed to carry the...

North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive will discuss the results of a consultation on changes to taxi zones across the area at a meeting this week before deciding how taxi zones should operate going forward.In late 2023 - early 2024, the council consulted on whether the four current zones should be retained or replaced with one zone covering the whole of North Northamptonshire.Executive will be asked to consider the consultation responses received, alongside the recommendations of the Licensing and Appeals Committee and the Place and Environment Scrutiny Committee.It is proposed that the four zones are replaced with one zone from 1 April...

Northampton Market is set to return to the historic market square from 20 September, following the area undergoing extensive regeneration to provide a renewed space for residents, businesses, and traders.Northampton Town Centre is benefiting from ongoing large-scale investment in regeneration through £24 million worth of Government support through the Town's Fund grant. This providing a catalyst for further private sector investment and confidence in the town with more than £140 million being invested into the Four Waterside and Marefair Development and £8 million worth of private funding boosting the adjacent Market Walk scheme as well as significant opportunities and investment...

This week’s meeting of North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive will receive a report on a decarbonisation project that will help contribute towards the council’s green targets.Three facilities - Corby Cube, Corby Swimming Pool and Desborough Leisure Centre - are all set to have works completed to help the sites reduce carbon levels and be more energy efficient.Following the completion of energy surveys of council buildings, the authority made a grant bid under the Public Services Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) for energy improvement works at the three properties.The council has been awarded a grant of £3,858,419 against a total project cost of £4,384,568.08...

Residents are invited to have their say on West Northamptonshire Council’s (WNC) Draft Tenancy Strategy which sets out the approach that Councils and Registered Providers of Social Housing need to consider when developing their own tenancy policies.Every UK local authority is required by law to have a tenancy strategy outlining:The types of tenancies The circumstances that different types of tenancies will be granted The length of fixed-term tenancies The circumstances where a further tenancy can be granted following a fixed-term letAs well as aligning its objectives to support the Council’s Corporate plan and key housing-related strategies, the draft West...

A vision for a green, reliable, integrated bus network in the North Northamptonshire Council area will be discussed at the authority’s Executive this week.The Bus Service Improvement Plan 2024 sets out how services can be improved to keep communities connected and bring environmental benefits.The strategy proposes new service routes with an increase in frequency on some existing routes.It builds on an improvement plan which was developed in 2021 and recent funding allocations for bus services, which saw the council receive £2.045m of funding in 2024/25 (in addition to previous allocations of £569,412 for both 2023/24 and 2024/25).This money will be...