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Economic Strategies and Plans

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Economic Strategies and Plans

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Economic Strategies and Plans

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Economic Strategies and Plans

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Economic Strategies and Plans

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Economic Strategies and Plans

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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 UK economy. Whilst there is still great uncertainty around the economic impact of COVID19, our area is resilient. The historic and projected growth, our already dynamic and entrepreneurial economy, highly skilled people, and innovative businesses, all provide a solid foundation from which our area rebuilds. Our aim for economic recovery is that ultimately, our environment, health and wellbeing and the way we do business is improved as a result.

SEMLEP has three core pillars to shaping the area’s economic recovery strategy:

  1. Information and understanding: gathering and analysing early economic impact data and intelligence, and reviewing the South East Midlands’ Local Industrial Strategy commitments and the Implementation Plan in light of COVID-19.
  2. Direct business and employment support: coordinated and connected support throughout the recovery, focussing on innovation and leadership, finance, supporting employees and business planning delivered by the Growth Hub and by partners in the public and private sector and, training and employment measures through the South East Midlands’ Skills Advisory Panel, local councils, education and VCSE networks.
  3. Funding: devising ways of using existing, and considering future, funding streams, capital or revenue; grants or loans to focus on recovery.

COVID-19 impact data

View the initial data on local economic impact. 

COVID-19 in-house evidence summary

View the Data

This economic data is a working document and updated regularly. A new version will be uploaded weekly. Last updated 29/10/2020.

Recovery core activities

View our working timeline for COVID-19 response actions.

Working timeline

View the Activities

Bringing partners & businesses together

Over the course of the recovery period, we have a key role in bringing partners together - local authority, business and education, agencies and central government – to agree priorities, collaborate on action and coordinate progress against key plans.  

To support economic recovery planning, we are hosting a series of response discussions, bringing together economy, policy and business expertise.

COVID-19 SEMLEP Services

Business Support

SEMLEP's Growth Hub offers businesses 
free support, advice and guidance.

Get in Touch


Learn a new skill or develop your knowledge
using online courses available in the area.

View Training Courses

COVID-19 Advice

Get the latest information on business support from the UK Government. 

Access Support

Any questions? Contact Arthur Le Geyt, Economic Analyst at or Karen Clarke, Communications Manager at

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