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3rd July 2014

Mark Hillier

North by Northamptonshire…and around the world This week is Grand Prix Week

This week is Grand Prix Week – celebrating 50 years of the Grand Prix at Silverstone and the tremendous impact of Northamptonshire’s motorsport heritage and High Performance Technologies (HPT) sector on the county’s economy.

Northamptonshire is at the heart of the UK motorsport industry and plays host to world-class industry events throughout the year at venues including Silverstone Circuit, Santa Pod and Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Northamptonshire is at the forefront of global motorsport technology development, regularly demonstrating how new techniques and ideas can be successfully applied to support new product development and enhance performance across a range of industry applications around the world.

Central to the UK’s transport and business infrastructure and with an entrepreneurial spirit and partnership approach to business support as well as a highly proactive inward investment strategy, Northamptonshire flies the flag in Europe for major growth and forward-thinking.

America too has shown great faith in Northamptonshire. Strong US interest comes by way of companies including Ford and Cosworth, the latter investing £20 million in a new manufacturing facility in Northampton this year, creating 70 jobs directly and an estimated 200 jobs in the local supply chain.   

Motorsport in Northamptonshire has a significant impact on the wider local economy as well, not least of all tourism. 50 years of the Grand Prix at Silverstone for example, goes a long way to attracting visitors from all over the UK and overseas, many of which require accommodation and take advantage of the magnificent visitor attractions such as the many historic houses, beautiful Nene Valley countryside, market towns and creative and cultural scene.