is part of prosperous Northamptonshire, right at the heart
of England. It is the main commercial centre in the north
and east of Northamptonshire. It is located in the rolling rural
landscape of the countryside of Northamptonshire, almost in
the centre of England.
has excellent road links.
is the only major centre on the A14, the dual carriageway
linking the M1 / M6 with the A1 and east coast ports and it
has helped attract many manufacturing and distribution companies
to the area in the past 10 years. Three
quarters of Britain's population can be reached within a
two hour drive of Kettering.
is truly the "Highway to Europe", being the only West /
East Trunk road linking the conurbations of the Midlands and
North West with the East coast ports of Felixstowe and Harwich.
Kettering is the midway point of the A14, just 25 minutes from
both the M1 and the A1. It is thus the trading pivot between
Britain's traditional commercial centres and continental Europe.
access to the M1/M6/M11 and A1 puts Kettering within easy
reach of several airports. (Approximate travelling times
by road: London
Luton - 1 hour, Birmingham
- 1 hour, East
Midlands - 1 hour, London Stansted - 1½ hours).
has excellent rail services, operated by Midland
Mainline, with a half-hourly service to London St Pancras
throughout the day. Direct inter-city trains connect Kettering
with London (1 hour), Luton Airport (35 min), Leicester (30
min), Derby (1 hour 15 min), Nottingham (1 hour 10 min) & Sheffield
(1 hour 50 min).
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also has many local business units. Kettering is a centre
for industry and commerce, at the geographical heart of England.
Its position on the A14 Trunk Road gives it a pivotal role in
trade between the European mainland and Britain. Conscious of
its prime location, the town has prepared vigorously for growth,
and offers incoming firms a wide choice of premises, sites and
has undergone many changes in recent years. Four-hundred
years ago, woollen cloth was made in Kettering; later, silk
and a velvety-fabric called plush, were woven here. By Victorian
times, the main industry was leather. Employment was then formerly
centred in the boot and shoe industry and steelworks. The steelworks
closed in the 1970's, with mass-produced footwear disappearing
from the area over the years. A few small 'quality' footwear
manufacturers survive today.
landscape of the borough has transformed to a mixed economy,
making it more resilient to market variances. Long established
major names in manufacturing within the borough include Weetabix
and Timpson's Engineering. More recent arrivals include
Bakery, & Sealed Air.
has a bustling shopping centre, offering 'big name' shopping
& Spencer, Boots,
T J Hughes,
& W H
Smith to name but a few. There is also a great indoor
shopping centre at the Newlands.
Retail markets take place in Kettering, Rothwell & Desborough
every week. Morrison's
Sainsbury have superstores in the town centre, with
edge of town offerings from the Co-op,
PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK
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facilities, Kettering is also a first class location for
families, making it an easy place to attract key employees.
Kettering Borough Council has responsibility for a district
rising to over 83,000 people in Kettering, Desborough, Burton
Latimer, Rothwell, as well as 22 villages with one new village
in development. The Authority has an active Economic and Community
Development Unit to help local people and local businesses.
Borough of Kettering extends from the county boundary with
Leicestershire in the north, to the outskirts of Northampton.
to the main population centres of Kettering, with adjoining
towns of Burton Latimer, Desborough and Rothwell, the borough
includes many picturesque villages.
landmarks include the Duke
of Buccleuch's Boughton House & Estate, Tresham's
Triangular Lodge, and the Queen
Eleanor Cross at Geddington. The area has many medieval
churches, most with spires.
and Leisure are well served. The world renowned Wicksteed
Park is a major attraction. The Alfred
East Art Gallery
in Sheep Street, right in the Heritage Sector of the town,
features regular exibitions. The nearby Manor
House Museum traces local history covering 2000 years
of human habitation. The museum organises regular special events
for children during school holidays.
has great sports
facilities, including Kettering Leisure Village (KLV),
two swimming pools, and a wide choice of gyms and health clubs.
The town comes alive on weekend nights, offering a vibrant pub
& club atmostphere. There is also a superb choice of
to eat, both within Kettering, Burton Latimer and Rothwell
- where cuisine includes Chinese, English, Indian,
Italian and Thai menus, and in the surrounding
villages which have some superb inns offering varied fare.
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Park and Kettering
Chamber of Trade and Commerce for supplying some of the