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LOCAL BUSINESS CLUBS

Kettering is truly geared up to meet the needs of local business. Working together within clubs and groups has enabled local businesses to network and jointly promote the benefits of trading within the borough.

Local Business Club Links...

Kettering Chamber of Trade and Commerce

Kettering Chamber of Trade represents members' views on local and national issues. Regular meetings to discuss members' trading interests and problems, with guest speakers. The chamber has set up "Kettering Means Business" which organises a full program of promotional events aiming to increase your business and profits. Opportunity for members to market products/services to over 100 local businesses. A range of colleagues to help your business grow.

Web Site

Contact: Keli Watts, Kettering Chamber of Trade, Knights Stationers and Printers Ltd Action House Eskdaill Street Kettering, NN16 8RA, Tel: 07968 272655

Kettering Means Business

A company limited by guarantee, formed to develop and improve the image and attractiveness of Kettering Town Centre. Also supports marketing initiatives throughout the Borough. Stages regular events and attractions in the Town Centre. Develops initiatives to improve the shopping experience across the Borough. Works in partnership with private, public and voluntary sectors and other local groups engaged in marketing. Funded by core funders from both the public and private sectors. Parent body is the Kettering Chamber of Trade.

Web Site

Contact: Neil Griffin, Kettering Borough Marketing Group c/o The Newland Centre Gold Street Kettering, NN16 8JA, Tel: 01536 411920

Kettering Business Venture Trust

A local enterprise agency, independently run and financed, set up in 1985 as a joint venture between private and public sectors in order to help the local economy by encouraging business enterprise. Provides free advice and information to local small businesses at all stages of development. Non-profitmaking, relying upon both public and private sectors to fund us through sponsorship. Part of the national network, and a member of the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies maintains a close working relationship with all the local agencies which help to stimulate small business activity, including Business Link, Tresham Institute and the Prince's Trust.

Web Site

Contact : Lynn McGinn, Kettering Business Venture Trust Ltd The Business Exchange Kettering, NN16 8RA, Tel: 01536 513840

BizNet - Business Development Network
BNI - Business Network International Kettering

Rothwell Business Club

Represents the interests of businesses in Rothwell.

Web Site

Contact: John Mileston, Rothwell Business Club 20 Market Hill Rothwell, NN14 6BW, Tel: 01536 418161

Rothwell/Desborough Chamber of Trade

Promotes measures to benefit, improve and secure the manufacturing, commercial, retail and general interests of Rothwell, Desborough and neighbourhood.

Web Site

Contact: John Mileston Rothwell/Desborough Chamber of Trade 20 Market Hill Rothwell, NN14 6BW, Tel: 01536 418161

northamptonshire Chamber
Federation of Small Businesses
Other Useful Clubs/Groups Contacts...

Burton Latimer Chamber of Trade and Town Centre Partnership, promotes the development of trade in Burton Latimer and the surrounding area.

Contact: P A Woolmer, Burton Latimer Chamber of Trade and Town Centre Partnership 145 Queensway Burton Latimer NN15 5QQ, Tel: 01536 724290

Desborough Business Club, Represents the interests of businesses in Desborough.

Contact: Judith Day, Desborough Business Club 60 Station Road Desborough, NN14 2AD, Tel: 01536 763000

Desborough Town Centre Partnership, Carries out projects to improve the attractiveness and offer of Desborough town centre for shoppers.

Contact: Paul Smith, Desborough Town Centre Partnership 31 Millholm Road Desborough, NN14 2NE, Tel: 01536 506346

Kettering Borough Marketing Group, A multi-agency forum which exists to promote the Borough of Kettering locally and nationally, and to generate community pride.

  • Membership is open to any organisation or individual with an interest in promoting the Borough.
  • Meetings take place regularly (usually once every two months).
  • Contributes to the Borough-wide magazine "Local Life".

Contact: Neil Griffin, Kettering Borough Marketing Group c/o The Newland Centre Gold Street Kettering, NN16 8JA, Tel: 01536 411920

Rothwell Town Centre Partnership, Carries out projects to improve the attractiveness and offer of Rothwell town centre for shoppers.

Contact: CE MacKay, Rothwell Town Centre Partnership 23 High Street Rothwell, NN14 2AD, Tel: 01536 713252, 01536 711086

BUSINESS HELP AND ADVICE

If you are thinking about relocating a business, starting a new business, or developing and growing a business in Kettering, you'll find some very useful information below...

Business Help and Advice...

Kettering For Business

The business support funding website for the Kettering area.

East Midlands Development Agency

East Midlands Development Agency (emda) was set up in 1999 as one of 9 Regional Development Agencies in England. Their role is to: Champion the region's economy and its development Increase business competitiveness Develop people's skills Attract new business and creating jobs Regenerate local communities Create the right climate for investment.

Office of Fair Trading

Designed with two purposes: to protect consumers and explain their rights to ensure that businesses compete and operate fairly.

Credit check reporting

With rating on any UK businesses.

Clearly Business

The UK small business resource with over 200,000 registered users. Advice on: business start-ups, finance, people management, marketing, legal, news, book-keeping and debt recovery.

Small Business Advice

A free and independent source of information and advice for - - Entrepreneurs - Owner Managers - Self Employed Starting or running a business with fewer than 10 staff and based in England.

Companies House

Registration and provision of UK company information.

Business Link

The national business advice service. Provide advice on setting up your own business, finance, people, regulations, tax etc.

Department of Trade and Industry

Working with businesses, employees and consumers to drive up UK productivity and competitiveness to deliver prosperity to all.

Food Standards Agency

Working with businesses, employees and consumers to drive up UK productivity and competitiveness to deliver prosperity to all.

Health and Safety Executive

The UK Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for the regulation of almost all the risks to health and safety arising from work activity in Britain.

Inland Revenue

The Inland Revenue's Core Purpose is to ensure that everyone understands and receives what they are entitled to and understands and pays what they owe, so that everyone contributes to the UK's needs.

Small Business Service

The SBS runs a range of initiatives designed to help small business be more innovative and exploit new technologies secure finance make use of expertise from colleges and other organisations improve business-to-business transactions measure and improve efficiency.

UK Online for Business

UK online for business is a DTI-led partnership between industry and government that helps all businesses make the most of their investment in information and communication technologies. They offer easy-to-use information and advice to help you make the right decisions for your business.

Valuation Office

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is an executive agency of the Inland Revenue (IR) with 85 offices spread throughout England, Wales and Scotland employing around 4000 people. Their main functions are to : Compile and maintain the business rating and council tax valuation lists for England and Wales. N.B. In Scotland council tax and business rates are dealt with by the Scottish Assessors Value property in England, Wales and Scotland for the purposes of taxes administered by the Inland Revenue Provide statutory and non-statutory property valuation services in England, Wales and Scotland And give policy advice to Ministers on property valuation matters.

FACTS & FIGURES

If you are after statistics and research on England's East Midlands then check out the EAST MIDLANDS OBSERVATORY. On this site you can: find information and statistics on the East Midlands, discover research done by Observatory partners, tell them about your organisation's research projects and also links to other websites with useful information.

SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS

If you are thinking about starting a new business then Kettering is THE place to do it. Click here for some reasons why. Below you will find all the help you need in order to setup and run your own business...

Setting Up Your Business...

Prince's Trust

Every young person has potential. But many don't have the opportunities to fulfil it. The Prince's Trust helps provide those opportunities.

Companies House

Registration and provision of UK company information.

DTI - Help for Small and New Businesses

How to build, expand your business whilst keeping within regulations.

Business Link - Setting Up Your Business

What to do before setting up your new business, planning and research, finding finance, forming a business, sorting out your tax and national insurance, what vat will mean for your business, premises, health and safety, protecting ideas, regulations, recruitment, employees rights etc.

EMPLOYMENT AND RECRUITMENT

Every business should understand the legalities of employment...

Employment and Recruitment...

Advertise For and Find Kettering Employees Here

Local and National Job Recruitment...

Employing Staff

The recruitment process can be expensive therefore it is important to make sure that you employ the right person for the job...

FINANCE

If you are thinking of starting, developing and growing your Kettering business then you may need to find out what finance options are available to you...

Finance...

Business Link - Finance and Money

Types of finance, grants, venture capital, loans, overdrafts, debt problems etc.

Kettering Open 4 Business

Local Support, Funding, Grants, Loans, Awards...

TRAINING

The best trained staff create the best workforce...

Training...

Local Training - Colleges, Schools etc.

STEP - Available via KBVT

At STEP Enterprise they can offer you: Bespoke placement and recruitment solutions, from 4 weeks to 12 months Guidance on managing and graduate staff (visit our unique, and free, on-line resource). graduate recruitment solutions via Skills Bank: register online and advertise your graduate vacancies for free management development solutions via Skills On-line, our unique suite of software to help graduates and managers record and reflect on their skills development in the workplace (clients to date include KPMG and the National Centre for Work Experience)...

Learn Direct

learndirect business offers innovative online learning solutions for organisations of all types and sizes...

DTI - The Benefits of Training

SELLING YOUR BUSINESS

Are you considering selling your business? If you are then your Local Business Link may be able to advise you on the best course of action for you. Click Here for more information.

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