Emma Wynne from Kettering-based Gateway HR has just become the one hundredth member of NN coNNect, with the landmark coming amid a flurry of new recruits for the network, which has seen 13 firms join since the beginning of the year.
Paul Green, who is the group director of the county business club, says he has noticed a “marked increase” in business activity in the last year coinciding with positive national growth forecasts. The Finedon businessman added: “I launched NN coNNect in 2011 as an alternative to the county’s referral business networks and to give Northamptonshire firms the opportunity to expand and grow following the downturn.
“In December, we published the results of a survey of 71 businesses, which found almost 80 per cent believed business had increased since the credit crunch and almost 96 per cent were optimistic about the future.
“Emma joining to become the one hundredth member is yet more anecdotal evidence of a buoyant local economy. We have definitely noticed a marked increase in business activity among our members in the last year.”
Emma, managing director of Gateway HR, which offers human resources packages designed to suit all organisations and companies across a variety of sectors, added: “We’re looking at moving to Corby and, networking wise, NN coNNect is the first group to have cracked the town.
“We love networking in Northamptonshire because it’s good to work with local companies and to keep the money going around in the local economy.”
In December’s Autumn Statement, the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast growth of 2.4 per cent for 2014. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has recently said one in seven smaller companies wanted to create jobs in the next three months.
For more information about NN coNNect, which hosts four fortnightly breakfasts groups in Stanwick, Corby, Daventry and Northampton and an evening meeting in Northampton, visit www.nn-connect.co.uk or call 01933 375 300.