Originally known as the county of Northampton, Northamptonshire in the East Midlands is surrounded by eight other counties and according to the census in 2011 had a population of 629,000.
Historically, Northamptonshire was known for the manufacture of shoes and boots, and the suppliers of Dr. Martens boots is still based in Wollaston near Wellington, although other footwear manufacturers are no longer operating. Instead, larger employers in the county include brewers of Carlsberg, cereal manufacturers, cosmetics company Avon and electronics and engineering conglomerate Siemens.
Other food manufacturers include meat and pastry manufacturers Saxby Brothers Ltd. and snack food makers Golden Wonder. Barclaycard is also based in Northamptonshire.