The South East Midlands is a prime location for businesses, investors and visitors.
Set in a context of 11 local authority areas, we are already the second largest area for sustainable housing growth outside of London, offering an excellent blend of urban living with rural ‘quality of life’.
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Here are just a few of our most recent accolades:
SEMLEP is the third strongest Local Enterprise Partnership in the country, runner up only to Birmingham and Manchester. SEMLEP secured 60 Foreign Direct Investment successes in 2014-15, investments which created 2,007 new jobs and safeguarded 2,300. UKTI LEP conference, June 2015
SEMLEP’s business support programme, Velocity, is one of the best performing growth hubs in the country, smashing tough Government targets by 40 per cent in its first year. Lancaster University, Wave 2 Growth Hubs programme. June 2015
The South East Midlands is third out of 39 Local Enterprise Partnership areas in England for business innovation. Benchmarking Local Innovation report, The Enterprise Research Centre. June 2015
Cranfield University in the South East Midlands is the UKs most business-engaged university, having achieved more than 750 collaborations with businesses and governments around the world. National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), May 2015
The South East Midlands is home to the fourth fastest growing Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in England in 2013. Office for National Statistics 2015
For the sixth year running Milton Keynes is the country’s top city for job growth with 24,000 new jobs created in the city between 2004 and 2013. Centre for Cities report 2015
A new Food Enterprise Zone, one of only six in the country, is being set up in Central Bedfordshire and will work closely with Cranfield University. It is set to create around 2,000 jobs and up to 30 new businesses by 2020. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, March 2015
Bicester in Oxfordshire is the country’s second new garden city and up to 13,000 new homes are due to be built on the edge of the town, to help deal with the UK's housing shortage. The Treasury, December 2014