Corby’s workforce is highly adaptable across a range of commercial and manufacturing processes. It also includes one of the largest pools of logistics and warehousing staff in the county, evidenced by the success of a significant number of major distribution operations based in and around the town.

The town continues to grow as its economy goes from strength to strength. Corby’s population grew by 14.5% between 2001 and 2011. The surrounding areas of East Northants and Kettering also grew by 15.2% and 16.8% respectively over the same period, showing the rate at which the labour pool, as well as demand from local markets, is increasing.

This growth is set to continue, with North Northamptonshire setting a strategic house building target of 33, 851 by 2021 to meet expected demand.

Such is the importance of logistics to the area that Northampton College and Tresham College both offer Warehousing and Distribution apprenticeships, and Northampton College also has a specialist academy to train and prepare the next generation of workers in the logistics industry.

Financial assistance

A period of rates discount is highly likely for new occupiers at Midlands Logistics Park, thanks to the boost their business will give to the local economy.

Corby still has Assisted Are Status, and European structural and investment funds are available to eligible business in the area, both for business support and employment and skills activity.

To find out more visit www.northamptonshireep.co.uk or call Jo Lappin, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, on: 01604 609393

Gross weekly pay

Source: Nomis Official Labour Market Stats

Rent per sq ft for new industrial space

Source: CoStar
Note: Values shown are achieved values rather than asking values

Drive to work times for Midlands Logistics Park

Source: Mercator GeoSystems

Employment in warehousing (%of total) Northants and regional/England

Source: ONS

Concentration of employment in the transport and storage sectors

Source: Oxford Economics