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Published Friday, 09 March 2012

Showcasing the regeneration projects taking place in Northampton.

A seminarhas taken place at the Guildhall to bring local businesses and other key organisations up to speed on the progress of regeneration in Northampton.

The seminar set out for the first time the bigger picture of how the many projects already underway fit together.

Major regeneration schemes are making the town a place that is ready for business to invest and grow.  Most of the key projects - including the Grosvenor/Greyfriars development, Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone, Castle Station, St John's and Avon Nunn Mills - are widely known but the seminar will set all the individual projects in a wider context for the first time.

Watch our video presentation below

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At the seminar, called Northampton Alive, there was an exhibition charting the town's regeneration journey, followed by presentations from Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Brian Binley MP, Cllr Jim Harker, leader of Northamptonshire County Council and Paul Southworth, Chair of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.

Northampton is being recognised as a centre of growth, with established high-profile businesses and proven infrastructure that can drive economic development across the whole south east midlands region.

That national confidence was demonstrated when Business, Industry and Skills Secretary Vince Cable visited the town recently to see the Enterprise Zone plans. The BIS Select Committee is also holding its formal session in the town on March 13. The Committee rarely meets outside of the House of Commons and the visit to Northampton marks the town's growing national profile.

Cllr David Mackintosh said:  "These are difficult times across the country but Northampton is well placed to help drive the economic growth of the region. The vision for a vibrant town with a dynamic economy is coming to fruition and so many different agencies are coming together to say that this is a great place to live, work and invest. 

"Our national profile is growing and we want to make sure that our local businesses know what is going on and have the confidence to create jobs and prosperity in Northampton.

An interactive 3D virtual model of Northampton of the town centre will also be on display for the first time to showcase the regeneration projects and demonstrate how they all fit together.

The Northampton Alive event is being supported by Northampton Borough Council, West Northamptonshire Development Corporation, Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and Brian Binley MP.

There's more on our website.

For more information on each of the projects and to see beautiful artist impressions of what the developments may look like go to www.northampton.gov.uk/northamptonalive.

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