People talking in a building under constructionPeople talking in a building under construction

Sectors & Expertise

People talking in a building under construction
Northampton Waterside CampusNorthampton Waterside Campus

Sectors & Expertise

Northampton Waterside Campus
A Starship Robot driving down a streetA Starship Robot driving down a street

Sectors & Expertise

A Starship Robot driving down a street
Northampton College Advanced Engineering CentreNorthampton College Advanced Engineering Centre

Sectors & Expertise

Northampton College Advanced Engineering Centre
School students having a discussion with their teacherSchool students having a discussion with their teacher

Sectors & Expertise

School students having a discussion with their teacher
East Northamptonshire Enterprise CentreEast Northamptonshire Enterprise Centre

Sectors & Expertise

East Northamptonshire Enterprise Centre

Sectors Strengths & Expertise

The South East Midlands is especially strong in High Performance Technology, including Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and Next Generation Transport more generally, Manufacturing and Advanced Technology (particularly with regards to Food and Drink and Footwear; Logistics and the Creative and Cultural sector.

Clusters and sites:

  • Cranfield: Aerospace Integration Research Centre, Aerospace Technology Institute
  • Luton Airport Enterprise Zone: aerospace businesses and advanced engineering
  • Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone automotive
  • Millbrook Proving Ground
  • Silverstone Technology Cluster engineering innovation and business development
  • Connected Places Catapult 

Examples of key businesses:

  • Aston Martin
  • Cosworth
  • GE Precision Engineering
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mahle Powertrain
  • Mercedes
  • Nissan European Research Centre
  • Prodrive
  • Red Bull
  • KS Special Projects

Clusters and sites:

  • Colworth Park: home to Unilever’s Global Development Centre and R&D
  • Food Enterprise Zone in Central Beds
  • Northamptonshire Food & Drink cluster
  • Footwear industry cluster in Northamptonshire

Examples of key businesses:

  • Food and Drink: Arla, Alpro, Brioche Pasquier, Carlsberg, Charles Wells, Jordans, Mondelez, Ryvita, Unilever, Weetabix.
  • Footwear: Cheaney, Church’s, Jeffrey West, John Lobb, SATRA, Stamp and Chancery.

Clusters and sites:

  • Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DRIFT): a nationally-important rail freight distribution centre.
  • Magna Park: a major distribution centre between junctions 13 and 14 of M1.
  • Midlands Logistics Park: its location on the A14 in Corby allows access to both the East Coast Ports, and the Midlands/South East Markets.
  • Proposals for four new rail freight hubs.

Examples of key businesses:

  • Distribution Centre for: AG Barr, Booker, John Lewis, Primark, River Island, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose.
  • Wholesalers: Bedford Continental, Medallion Foods, Jungheinrich, Cinram, RS Components.

Clusters and sites:

  • Milton Keynes: second highest proportion of SMEs in the high-tech and digital sectors.
  • MK: Smart Initiative (led by The Open University in partnership with BT and Milton Keynes Council): an internationally prominent Smart City programme.
  • Nene Valley
  • Digital Northampton 

Examples of key attractions and assets:

  • Visitor attractions: Woburn Abbey, Whipsnade Zoo, Waddesdon Manor, Wrest park, Althorp House, Bicester Village, Rockingham Castle, Stowe House and Landscape Gardens, Bletchley Park
  • Sporting attractions including rugby, football, motorsport, speedway and horseracing
  • Greensands Ridgewalk, The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Latest News

View all news arrow

Latest Tweets

Latest Events

See more events arrow
View more events

Your login details have been used by another user or machine. Login details can only be used once at any one time so you have therefore automatically been logged out. Please contact your sites administrator if you believe this other user or machine has unauthorised access.