Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone

An ideal location for businesses to grow and succeed. The Zone is a vibrant commercial district, including growing small businesses as well as major global brands

Northampton Innovation Cube

High performance:

Northampton is recognised as one of the top towns pursuing high growth strategies, and judged the best performing place in the UK. This economic success is a combination of an ambitious but achievable growth plan along with a rapidly expanding regeneration programme, which is outcome and delivery focussed and private-sector friendly.

Manufacturing heritage:

The Enterprise Zone boasts a strong high-performance technology and automotive sector with companies such as Cosworth, Mahle Powertrain and GE Precision Engineering. Building upon on Northampton’s 300 years of shoemaking expertise, Church’s is expanding operations within the Enterprise Zone, creating products for a worldwide market. With branches from New York to Shanghai, Church’s has helped make the ‘Northampton’ brand synonymous with quality and reliability.

Boosting skills:

The University of Northampton is embarking upon an ambitious £330m move to the Enterprise Zone, creating a modern, purpose-build campus for more than 14,000 students. Cosworth operates an active apprenticeship programme, to equip local young people with vocational skills in high performance engineering,  further enhanced by a new £12 million advanced manufacturing centre on the Enterprise Zone.


Looking to invest, or just want to find out more? Visit the Northampton Enterprise Zone website here.

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Sector focus

  • Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering
  • Automotive
  • Construction inc. built environment
  • Financial Services
  • Retail & Logistics


Northampton has excellent connections with London, Manchester, Oxford and Cambridge. Its strategic location has been recognised by many high-profile firms which have set up logistics hubs at Brackmills and Swan Valley. The EZ offers 120 hectares for development across 31 sites along the River Nene.

Find out more

Steven Boyes
Director of Regeneration and Planning
Northampton Borough Council
Email [email protected]
Telephone +44(0)1604 838531

Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone website