• We are delighted to announce the launch of the NN Future Retail Programme. This is delivered for North Northamptonshire Council by Building Business and fully funded through the HM Government Welcome Back Fund. The package includes a bespoke mixture of support with 1-2-1s, workshops and......

  • We are delighted to be able to announce the launch of the SEMLEP Intensive Business Support programme. This programme is open to businesses across North Northants, and includes the option for businesses to seek a grant of £1,000 to £3,000 alongside three in depth sessions......

Business Support

The RTE Business and Economic Recovery Response is a combination of the two factors we are experiencing
  1. The impact of Covid-19 in its wider economic context
  2. The new ethic of collaboration to support the economy to recover

Key to the ethos of Recovery Through Enterprise is the ambition to energise, resource and support SMEs to think quickly, plan intelligently and affirm the economic activity that is the backbone of Northamptonshire.

The impact of Covid-19 on the economy has been well documented:

  • The situation continues to unfold, and will continue to be difficult to predict
  • Different sectors experience different challenges
  • A new climate of uncertainty has become the ‘new norm’
  • Business resilience needs to plan for continued pressures due to national and international developments which include COVID, Brexit, the accelerated digital shift, changing patterns of consumption and supply chain challenges
  • 91% of businesses across Northamptonshire are classed as ‘micro’ and this represents a significant amount of energy and dynamism which has been both challenged by and most able to rapidly respond to Covid-19
  • For many this is a time to startup, diversify, innovate or restructure a business to best respond to new challenges and opportunities
Recovery Through Enterprise

It has never been more important to encourage and nurture ‘entrepreneurial’ thinking – both for a business owner and their staff. ‘Bottom up’ intrapreneurship can reconnect employees with a sense of connection and purpose – so that the business delivers services that make a difference.

Recovery Through Enterprise Business Support
The RTE Business Support Offer is the collaboration of our core team of local and strategic partners, and is monitored fortnightly to ensure effectiveness and responsiveness to the fluid and emerging situation:
You can:
  1. Get in touch with 1:1 business support and advice services.
  1. Call the University of Northampton to make contact with a business advisor
  2. Book a 45 minute phone call for a confidential, impartial diagnostic service, which will lead to onwards advice and support
  3. Access dedicated pathways and local offers
  4. Make contact with the SEMLEP Growth Hub to discover specialist advice on HM Govt COVID support, Brexit planning, as well as wider business growth and scale up programmes
    1. The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire supports entrepreneurs, investors and small businesses from the first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. Further information can be found here


    1. For more details on all these offers Phone: 01604 892328 | Email: business_support@northampton.ac.uk