Kettering is a fast growing and is centrally located area in the UK, and has been identified as a growth area outside of London. Kettering is also expected to deliver 8,100 jobs and associated infrastructure between 2011 - 2031
The area has a mix of market towns and villages that complement the wider South East Midlands economic offer. It is well connected with continued investment in both road and rail that include the main arteries of the A14, A43, A47, A509, M6, M1 and the Midland Mainline service. 75% of the country's population is within a 2 hour reach of Kettering
The anchor of the local economy is the growing Health and Social Care sector and Kettering General Hospital that serves the wider North Northamptonshire area. Transport, storage and wholesaling represent the other larger employment sectors in the local economy. Nationally and locally manufacturing sector employment numbers are in decline, but they still represent significant job numbers with particular strengths in Food & Drink and Leather and Textiles.
In 2016 Kettering was named as the 41st most investable town in the country. There are currently 3,670 businesses registered in Kettering, 700 more than in 2010.
Some large employers have located in Kettering which include Weetabix, Alpro, Knights Of Old, Wicksteed Park, Snap-on Tools, Rigid Containers, Loakes and RCI
Kettering Town Centre once again achieved Purple Flag status in 2017. The award is a ‘gold standard’ accreditation for town centres at night, similar to the blue flag for beaches. This award recognises excellence in managing a thriving, vibrant early evening atmosphere and shows that the town centre is safe after 5pm. For more information go to www.thisiskettering.com/purpleflag