Corby is vowing to bounce back from the savage recent blows to jobs in the town despite figures which show that ever-increasing numbers of people are out of work.
There are now 1,976 people on Jobseekers’ Allowance in Corby compared with 950 in early 2006, and an Evening Telegraph investigation has shown that Northamptonshire now has twice as many unemployed people as five years ago.
Major job losses have been announced in the past month at Tata Steel, Eddie Stobart, Argos Wincanton and Solway Foods.
But Corby Council says it is doing all it can to push for investment in jobs. The authority is planning meetings with county council leader Jim Harker and the regional enterprise partnership to bid again for an enterprise zone for Corby.
And deputy council leader Mark Pengelly said other projects would help.
He said: “There are things like Electric Corby and the Rockingham Speedway masterplan which we are working on after we lost the enterprise zone bid.
“Silverstone has lots of high-enterprise businesses and that is what we want at Rockingham.
“We can’t do it without support for infrastructure costs and we are asking the Government for support.
“We’ve also had meetings with the two developers either side of Geddington Road and they will be creating 3,000 jobs themselves.”
The council is also planning to organise a business breakfast at the Pen Green Centre with First Enterprise, a business support organisation which offers start-up help and small loans.
Corby Enterprise Centre is also working with smaller companies.
Manager Stuart Hartley said: “In the last year we have safeguarded 70 jobs and created 25 new ones.
“We are here to assist businesses that want to grow. This could be a satellite office of a national company or a one-person band.
“Out of the 25 businesses we have here, approximately one quarter for new businesses from outside the East Midlands and one quarter are new businesses from outside Corby.
“The council is looking to attract higher-skilled people to Corby and we are just one part of that.”
Corby MP Louise Mensch is meeting with Corby Council this morning.
She said: “The biggest thing we can do is push through the development at Gretton which will create 3,000 jobs.”
Prospective parliamentary candidate Andy Sawford said: “I have been pushing for an enterprise zone. The nature of my role is to put pressure on local authorities to make jobs a real focus.”