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Getting Building Fund

The Getting Building Fund, announced in July 2020, aims to support the UK's economic recovery. The programme funds local, ready to start infrastructure projects which support local businesses, people and places to thrive.

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Rebuilding our economy

In 2019, the South East Midlands was one of the fastest-growing areas in England, already contributing some £50 billion p.a. to the UK economy. Whilst there is still great uncertainty around the economic impact of COVID19, our area is resilient

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Define Your Career

Whether you're at risk of redundancy or want to reflect on your key skills, take control of your career this winter. Our Define Your Career initiative aims to help you to access the local network of free employment advice, support and guidance:

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Economic prospectus

On 5th October 2020, the Arc Leadership published the Arc's Economic Prospectus. This sets out a joint vision for the Arc, shared ambitions and investment propositions that will enable the Arc to fulfil its true potential to deliver transformational economic growth that will benefit the whole of the UK.

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COVID-19 Business Support

National restrictions across England may impact the running of your business. If you need support, advice or guidance on making your business more resilient, contact SEMLEP's Growth Hub.

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European Social Fund Open for Applications

The European Social Fund (ESF) is currently seeking applications to help vulnerable individuals move closer to the labour market.

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2021 Britain

The 12-month transition period formally comes to an end at midnight on December 31 and, deal or no deal, the parting of ways will then be official. Access fully funded support and advice to prepare your businesses.

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Who we are

Our mission is to build on the South East Midlands reputation as a premier location for growth, innovation, creativity and world-leading technologies, which will result in a doubling of the area’s GVA by 2050.

Take a look at the people and organisations in the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).

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Working with employers, education providers and young people to nurture the pipeline of talented people with the attributes and skills needed for our dynamic economy.


Supporting businesses directly to start-up and grow. We boost innovation and enterprise, facilitate trade and attract business investment into the area.


Attracting and delivering investment into the area to help our local businesses to thrive, people to prosper and our places to flourish.



SEMLEP has a key role in setting the economic priorities for the South East Midlands. Our strategies set out the strengths and investment needs for our innovative, resilient and inclusive economy. 

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Investment Programme


SEMLEP Investments

SEMLEP works with several partners to deliver investment in the South East Midlands. Discover some of the projects that boost innovation, develop people and enhance our places.

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MAHLE Powertrain: Road to Zero vehicle testing facility 

This project will provide an R&D facility to engineer the next generation transport technology, central to the government’s Road to Zero strategy, with the development of a new test chamber at MAHLE Powertrain in Northampton.

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Vulcan Works

Central to the cultural quarter in Northampton Town Centre, the Vulcan Ironworks will transform a largely derelict building into a business and learning space for creative industries.

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Northampton College Advanced Engineering Centre

This is a state-of-the-art facility at the Northampton College Booth Lane Campus, supports learners to develop the skills needed for the most up-to-date construction and engineering technologies.

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Enterprise Centre East Northants

The new Enterprise Centre will offer start-up and growing businesses first-rate flexible workspace and business support when the new £8 million state-of-the-art facility opens at Warth Park, Raunds in Spring 2020.

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MK Gallery

This project supported the transformation of Milton Keynes Gallery, enabling a doubled gallery space, facilities for cinema, performance and events, dedicated education and community facilities and a new cafe.

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MK:U Educational Acceleration in Digital Skills

This project will enable MK:U to pilot four courses to 500 students, three years ahead of the proposed opening of its permanent site in central Milton Keynes.

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Smart Commuting 

This scheme sees improvements to junctions along key corridors in Northampton town centre, resulting in improved journey times and reliability.

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Make the connection

Our area is where progressive companies come to collaborate, to innovate and to succeed. The area’s connectivity and high-quality environment has, over decades, attracted highly skilled people into businesses and research institutions that now lead innovation in some of the UK’s fastest-growing, high technology sectors.

By investing in people, places and business, the South East Midlands is where we create opportunity.

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  • Skills Advisory Panel

    21st April 2021 to 21st April 2021

    This is not an open meeting. For information on what is discussed, view the meeting's agenda, paper and minutes in the SEMLEP... Read More

  • Growth Funds Task Group

    23rd April 2021 to 23rd April 2021

    This is not an open meeting. For information on what is discussed, view the meeting's agenda, paper and minutes in the SEMLEP... Read More

  • Webinar: How to write a strong business case

    23rd April 2021, 12:00 to 23rd April 2021, 13:30

    In the Spring Budget announcement, the UK government launched the Community Renewal Fund and Levelling Up Fund&nbsp... Read More

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