The economy is now almost four per cent bigger than it was 12 months ago and growing twice as fast as it was this time last year. All nine English regions grew for a sixth consecutive quarter during the three months to the end of June and four regions, the East Midlands, the South East, the South West and London have grown bigger than their pre 2008 peak. But according to research published by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the East Midlands is the fastest growing region of the year, expanding by 0.9% in the second quarter and adding to the 1% growth in the last three months.
Malcolm Johnston, Head of Enterprise for the Northamptonshire Growth Hub comments: “It is no surprise to learn that the East Midlands is leading the way in our economic recovery, two thirds of the businesses contacting the Northamptonshire Growth Hub are already growing or looking to grow. There is a real energy in the area and it is very encouraging that Northamptonshire has a strong Strategic Economic Plan which is highly focused on supporting entrepreneurship and business growth over the next few years.”
Since its launch in November 2013, the Northamptonshire Growth Hub has helped in excess of 500 Northamptonshire businesses to access a range of local business support services. This help, received by calling one telephone number, has signposted businesses to opportunities that will help them grow and develop, boosting their business performance as well as the local economy as a whole.
The Northamptonshire Growth Hub was set up by a partnership arrangement between the University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) and Northamptonshire County Council.
The Northamptonshire Growth Hub can be contacted by telephone: 0844 556 0101 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Growth Hub has a dedicated website at:www.northamptonshiregrowthhub.co.uk