The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership has now
formally closed as a registered limited company.

To stay updated on the latest economic developments throughout the region, we encourage you to visit the South East Midlands Growth Hub. The SEM Growth Hub also provides free business advice and guidance to all businesses, manages funding and grant programmes and has an extensive resource library where businesses can find additional support.

Visit the South East Midlands Growth Hub here

You can still continue to browse the SEMLEP website, and contact
all employees using their existing email addresses.

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Business Finance & Funding

Finding the right investment at the right time can make or break your growing business. Which is why we believe it is important to connect your business to the best support suited to your business needs and ambitions. To find out more about funding for businesses in the South East Midlands, look at the resources mentioned below.  

SEMLEP's Growth Hub

If you're looking for finance and funding options for your business, the best place to start is by contacting SEMLEP’s Growth Hub. They can advise and direct you to appropriate options to meet your specific needs.

Take a look at the Growth Hub's funding information page or contact the adviser team on


 Funding options for business 

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Open competitions for business innovation

Innovate UK hosts the innovation funding opportunities for businesses, research institutions and consortia.  


You can search for all open funding opportunities here:

For more information on innovation funding availability, and the application process, visit:

Midlands Engine Investment Fund

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), established by the British Business Bank, aims to support fast-growth businesses looking to expand into new markets and boost productivity, supporting job creation.

The £250million MEIF is the result of collaboration between the British Business Bank, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and 10 local enterprise partnerships, including SEMLEP. It brings together new and existing funding from Central Government, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), British Business Bank and European Investment Bank (EIB).

Finance options available via the MEIF include:

  • small business loans valued between £25,000 and £150,000.
  • debt finance worth between £100,000 and £1.5million individual placements.
  • equity finance of between £50,000 and £2million.
  • equity proof of concept – early stage equity finance of up to £750,000.

For more information about the fund, visit

SEMLEP’s Growth Hubs work directly with the British Business Bank to offer free investment-readiness workshops for businesses looking to get finance. These workshops cover the wide spectrum of finance offers available for SMEs. For more information on these or to sign up, contact the Growth Hub team on 01604 212696 or email

Growing Business Projects

Projects available across the South East Midlands that support SME growth and competitiveness.

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