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Car companies encouraged to invest in Northamptonshire

Car manufacturers in Japan and North America are being courted by officials in Northamptonshire to encourage them to invest in the county.

The Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) has sent representatives to Tokyo, Osaka and Detroit over the last few months.

Further meetings with Nissan are planned in the new year.

The NEP will publish a report on Thursday in which it celebrates motor trade successes in the county.

The drive for investment was prompted by development of the likes of low-carbon vehicles by companies like Cosworth.

'Open for business'

Tim Bagshaw, the NEP's head of business investment, said: "The county has a strong skills base and a collective approach to developing skills."

"Northamptonshire is at the centre of the UK and we offer very good access to UK and European markets," said Mr Bagshaw.

Representatives from the NEP have already spoken to Chrysler, Ford and Honda as well as government officials in Japan.

Mr Bagshaw said the county is looking for companies that want to develop new products in the county.

The leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Councillor Jim Harker said: "It's important to tell the world that Northamptonshire is well and truly open for business, particularly in the motorsports area."

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