In 2003, local leaders in Corby embarked on an ambitious plan to regenerate the city following decades of decline. At the heart of their vision was the need to double the size of the town’s population (from 53,000 in 2003 to 100,000 by 2030). By 2010, Corby was the fastest-growing town in England and Wales. Six years later the town was profiled as the place that had ‘shaken off the post-industrial ashes’ in the Guardian and the Economist.

In this period, Corby's population has increased from 53,000 in 2001 to 62,000 in 2016. The foreign-born population has doubled in size in this time to and makes up almost one-fifth of the total population. In 2016, around 25 per cent of live births in the town were to EU-born migrants.