Kettering is a relatively small town in the county of Northamptonshire, England, which lies 80 miles from London. In the 17th century, it was an important centre for the wool trade, whilst the shoe and boot industry emerged in the 1900s. When the railway station opened in 1857, the flagging local economy was given a much-needed boost, and strong engineering and clothing industries flourished as a result.
According to the 2001 census, the town has 51,000 inhabitants with an ever-growing commuter population who work in the UK's capital (InterCity fast services take around one hour to get to London St Pancras International). Kettering's current economy is based on the distribution and service industries, thanks to its impressive transport links and central location.
The unemployment rate in the area is among the lowest in the UK, with more than 80% of its working-age inhabitants in full-time employment. Major employers in the town include RCI Europe, Weetabix, Timsons Engineering Ltd, Pegasus Software, and Morrisons Distribution Centre, whilst Tresham College of Further & Higher Education employs 800 staff. Kettering Business Park is also home to a significant number of offices and distribution centres, as well as a leisure complex and hotel, which often list job vacancies with local recruitment agencies.