Town centre announcements

Northampton town centre news & events
Christmas lights, the University's new campus, The Drapery plans and the future of the Market Square - read updates from the BID's business conference ...
Confirmation that Christmas lights will continue, future plans for the Market Square, funding to tackle The Drapery's traffic congestion and the impact of the University's new town centre campus .... all this and much more was discussed at the BID's business conference last week.
Our ‘Northampton town centre – Our Next Steps’ event brought a panel of business, education and council leaders together, with Northampton residents and businesses asking challenging questions and sharing their aspirations.
Rob Purdie, Executive Director of Northampton town centre Business Improvement District (BID), summarised: “It is time to act, to focus on our town centre, to be positive and to move forwards. Northampton town centre needs a big hug and the passion and commitment from our speakers, panellists and all our guests proves this is what we all want.” Read all about the conference and latest announcements HERE.
What our speakers had to say ...
Our business conference speakers included borough council Chief Executive George Candler, retail expert Michael Weedon, MP Andrew Lewer , Chronicle & Echo editor David Summers and several more.
For the full story and to find out what our experts had to say about the future of Northampton town centre please click HERE .
To see all our photos from the event please visit our Facebook album HERE .
University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus - open this week
It's set to be a busy week. The University of Northampton’s new Waterside Campus has now opened and 12,000 young people and 2,000 staff will potentially be coming into Northampton town centre.
Speaking at last week's business conference Dr Deborah Mattock, Director of Human Resources, Marketing and International Relations at the University, said: “Please welcome all our students and staff. Our students have money to spend and skills to offer.”
This week is Freshers Week, with the Market Square (for the first time) hosting a week long event - with stalls, information and lots of students.
Dates for your diary
  • This week - Students start moving into the new University campus. and the Freshers Fair is held throughout the week on the Market Square
  • Monday, 24th September - BID Monthly Meeting, 6pm-7.30pm
  • Wednesday, 26th September - BID Monthly Meeting, 7.30am-9am
  • Monday 12th November - Mystery Shopping Awards
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