Northampton is the county town of Northamptonshire but other large population centres include Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden and Daventry.
The region of Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and the South Midlands is described as "Motorsport Valley, a global hub" for the motor sport industry. The Mercedes GP and Force India Formula One teams have their bases at Brackley and Silverstone respectively, while Cosworth and Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines are also in the county at Northampton and Brixworth.
Silverstone Circuit adds millions every year to the Northamptonshire economy. The manufacturer of Dr. Martens has its UK base in Wollaston near Wellingborough, with other large employers in the county including the breakfast cereal manufacturers Weetabix, the Carlsberg brewery in Northampton, Avon Products, Siemens, Barclaycard, and Golden Wonder. In the west of the county is the Daventry International Railfreight Terminal; a major rail freight terminal located on the West Coast Main Line near Rugby. Wellingborough also has a smaller railfreight depot.
Major national roads including the M1 motorway, from London to Leeds, and the A14, from Rugby to Ipswich, provide serviced offices in Northamptonshire with excellent transport links, both north to south and east to west.