More than 60 businesses are receiving help from the Growing Corby programme less than two months after it began.
The scheme aims to help firms launch and expand.
Nine of the companies receiving support have been awarded grants of up to £2,500 each, with 36 applications for cash being considered.
Twelve firms are being helped with market research to improve their performance and 20 enquiries have been received from social enterprises keen to tap into Growing Corby’s expertise.
This summer, 13 interns will be placed on three-month contracts valued at £3,000 each and one company has already recruited a Growing Corby intern from the University of Northampton. One new business, Bluebird, has opened an office in Corby and is developing its electric vehicle engineering activities in the town.
Corby inward investment manager Jonathan Nunn said: “Many businesses tell us they are attracted to look at Corby because of its central location which gives them access to 75 per cent of the UK’s population within two hours.
“For some it’s the skills and experience of the workforce across various key sectors such as food manufacturing that they like, while others say that the highly competitive costs of running a business in Corby are their priority.”