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  • Following the success of the first #NNSTARTUP DAY this week, we’re delighted to announce the new date for #NNSTARTUP2! The event, which took place on line, brought 12 business and advisors together to share their knowledge and start up journey’s with NNBN Director Simon Cox in a series of interviews. This year’s line up included: Patricia Greaves – Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire Claire Flinders – MOJO Accounting Adam Payne – New Way Growth Ami Pende

  • This Friday sees the first radio show dedicated to business for the North Northamptonshire business community. The show, which will be aired on Rushden based Beat Route Radio, will be hosted by Ian Griffiths where he will be chatting to NNBN Director Simon Cox for an hour live on air talking business and what’s happening locally. In the first of a series of monthly shows, local businesses will be able to tune in to listen to local business news, support available for businesses, up and coming bu

  • This week, a lovely surprise was received at NNBN HQ in our Inbox. To our surprise, NNBN Founders Marie Baker and Simon Cox have been shortlisted as a FINALIST in the “Together” category for BBC Radio Northampton’s inaugural Make a Difference Awards. BBC Radio Northampton received loads of nominations across the eight categories which included some beautiful words about Simon and Marie’s dedication and effort which is obviously highly valued by many. Presenter Helen Blaby and four external

  • Over 100 people attended the official launch of the NNBN as the new and exciting business membership organisation for North Northamptonshire was unveiled. Founding Members joined the event at the beautiful Chester House Estate where attendees heard from the visionaries behind the new organisation, Simon Cox and Marie Baker, about their story behind the NNBN, why they introduced the NNBN to the area and the membership benefits. Superbly hosted by Jessica Pilkington from Pilkington Communications,

  • The new NNBN Digital publication and NNBN App focussing on North Northamptonshire will be on display at the Merged Futures 4 event next month when technology will be at the forefront of the annual tech innovation showcase. Experts from emerging technologies will be showcasing the great work taking place in Northamptonshire and beyond as the fourth annual event takes place at the University of Northampton. Featured at Merged Futures 4 this year will be a whole range of exhibitors including Starsh

  • Garage becomes part of elite network   A Northampton garage has been selected to join an elite network of independent garages which is known for delivering high quality vehicle servicing, maintenance and repairs. Service MOT Repairs Ltd is now an official Bosch approved service and repair centre, operating to a strict code of practice which ensure clients receive the highest levels of technical and customer service. The garage, based on the Round Spinney Industrial Estate, is one of only 30

  • The global pandemic has taught us that wheels can keep turning with the use of Zoom and technology. Nothing was worse than being disengaged with people and not communicating with our fellow business network contacts during the pandemic and we should be grateful for the visionaries that created Zoom and other online platforms which allowed us to continue our networking online. Networking online is different to networking offline and face to face and here are our tips for networking online to help

  • Popular professional photographer Nick Freeman has opened his second studio space in Northamptonshire. Nick, of Nick Freeman Photography, has built his successful reputation from his original studio in Corby for the past five years, but decided to launch a second space alongside the first after beginning the hunt for an office. “I’ve been using the corner of my dining room as an office space for the last few years and really wanted to find somewhere that would give me a dedicated space for editi

  • NNBN Director Simon Cox was named as a Volunteer Champion this week at the National Recognition Event by the Federation of Small Businesses. More than 300 FSB staff and volunteers from across the UK came together virtually in February 2022 to celebrate their contribution and show that they are #ProudToBeFSB. Leading small business owners from across the UK who volunteer to support the wider SME community through the UK’s biggest business representation group have been recognised at a high-profil

  • One of the biggest costs a business can pay without realising revolve around Business Rates, but what some businesses don’t know or realise is you may not have to pay them! I learned this when I started our family run embroidery business back in 2009. We were so excited about launching the business that we didn’t think or consider about business rates and when we received a telephone call from the local authority asking us whether we had registered for small business rates. At first, my heart sa

  • The team at Northamptonshire Health Charity launched their inaugural Superhero family fun run at Wicksteed Park this week.  Charity staff dressed in capes and masks, and were welcomed by Wicky Bear to promote their exciting new event which is taking part on Sunday 3 July at the local theme park and gardens. Northamptonshire Health Charity is the independent charity supporting three local NHS Trusts in Northamptonshire by funding projects and initiatives above and beyond what the NHS provides. Th

  • NNBN have been unveiled as a new sponsor of Desborough based racing team Roger Owens Racing. Unveiled on Friday at the series media day at Donnington Park, the NNBN logo will proudly be featured on the front wings of Roger’s car as he kicks off his racing calendar on 23rd April at Cadwell Park. Joining the “off track” team is also Millard Signs & Graphics, who have helped wrap the car ahead of the season and Meschi Consultants who have extended their sponsoring for the third year running. Ro

  • We’re delighted to announce that we’ve joined the Wellingborough & East Northants Chamber of Commerce. Following a conversation with current President, and NNBN Member, Pritesh Ganatra, we decided to join the Wellingborough & East Northants Chamber of Commerce to help ensure local businesses are up to date with what support is available via the NNBN and ensure businesses across North Northamptonshire are aware of what’s happening. The Wellingborough & East Northants

  • We’re delighted to have joined the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce as a Member. A Chamber of Commerce for Northamptonshire was founded in 1917 in response to the concerns of boot and shoe manufacturers over exports during the first world war. Since then Chamber membership has grown significantly and now represents around 1,000 Northamptonshire businesses – who employ over one third of the county’s workforce. We enjoy the enviable reputation of being the largest business support

  • We’re proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant as a business to show our support for those who have served in our forces. Director Simon Cox signed the covenant in April following a presentation from Bruce Spencer (pictured) from the UK Ministry of Defence on how businesses can work closer with the Ministry of Defence and former serving personnel. Simon said “As a business community, we welcome former forces personnel into our community and we’re delighted that we are alr

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