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West Northamptonshire Council proud to be at the forefront of the Northamptonshire Anchor Institutions Network

29 June 2023

Tuesday 27 June 2023 saw the official launch of the Northamptonshire Anchor Institutions Network, bringing together some of the largest employers in the county to work together to address important social and economic issues to make Northamptonshire a great place for people to live, work and visit.  
It is only by working together with shared commitment and priorities, that we can achieve a great impact, and this has been endorsed by anchor institutions network members at the official launch event and commitment of pledges. The Network will work together to seek best practice, to measure impact, and to hold each other to account, actively committing to the following:
•    Empowering the next generation
•    Creating positive employment opportunities 
•    Maximising social value gained from local investment 
•    Enhancing sustainability 
This is an exciting step forward for Northamptonshire, bringing together public and private sector organisations in a new way of working towards shared goals. Together, the Network will work towards improving wellbeing and create strong, safe, resilient, and inclusive communities for our residents.
Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Leader of West Northamptonshire Council said:

It is fantastic to see the launch of the Northamptonshire Anchor Institutions Network, comprising some of the largest organisations across Northamptonshire, and the shared commitment from all organisations signed up to the network already. 

All of these organisations, from the public, private and voluntary sectors, including community and social enterprises bring a breadth of knowledge, understanding and community impact, and together, can make so much difference to our communities. 

By collaborating between these large employers, which include councils, education establishments, professional sports clubs, national financial institutions and others, we can achieve so much.

At WNC, we are absolutely committed to our involvement in the network and are passionate about working with other members in a collaborative way to tackle social and economic inequalities. We are really looking forward to the action that comes from the network and the impact it will make on our residents, such as the growth in ‘Foster Friendly’ organisations to support those young people so deserving of care.
Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Leader of West Northamptonshire Council

The Network will meet regularly in person to discuss and set out actions to address their agreed priorities.  In total, there are currently 23 members which are: West Northamptonshire Council, North Northamptonshire Council, Northamptonshire Children Trust, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Northampton General NHS Hospital, Kettering General NHS Hospital, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northamptonshire Integrated Care Board, St Andrews Healthcare, Police, Fire, Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, University of Northampton, Northampton College, Tresham College, Moulton College, Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire, NNBN, Barclays, Northamptonshire Chamber, Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils, Saints Foundation, Northampton Town FC Community Trust.

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