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Investment Programme

SEMLEP works with a number of partners to deliver investment in the South East Midlands. Below, we feature projects that grow business, people and places using investment allocated to SEMLEP through government’s Growth Deal and the 2014-2020 European Growth Programme.

Woodside Link

Joining up with the new J11A on the M1 this project has allowed greater access to the Woodside Link industrial area and opened up land for over 2000 new jobs and 10,000 new homes. Funding Stream... MORE

Bedford Western Bypass

This new road opened in April 2016 and allowed traffic to avoid the town centre but instead to connect the A428 with the A6 south of Clapham.  This aimed to reduce congestion and open land... MORE

Smarter Routes to Employment

This project added new bus stops and access points to the guided busway from Dunstable to Luton improving safety and passenger numbers.  The new stops opened in Spring 2016. Funding Stream... MORE

Growing Bletchley Station

Contributing to the regeneration of the town the project has seen access and safety improvements for the station to enable safer use of sustainable transport. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund... MORE

Improved Highway access for Luton Airport

A number of junction improvements are required to increase the road capacity around the south of the town near the airport.  Previous studies have consistently shown that the Vauxhall... MORE

St James Mill Road

This project will see congestion eased and access improved in the Enterprise Zone by building a road over a disused railway.  It is due for delivery in 2018. Funding Stream: Local Growth... MORE

Multi-use Environment Autonomous Vehicle Innovation (MUEAVI)

Multi-User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation (MUEAVI) is a purpose-built experimental facility for the rapid development of on and off-highway, ground and airborne autonomous solutions... MORE

The Exchange, Aylesbury 

An exciting new public square in a mixed use development which has changed the footfall and way in which people visit and use the Aylesbury town centre. The scheme has delivered 47 apartments... MORE

M1 A6

This project is a major infrastructure project to go east from the M1 J11A towards the A6 to improve access and open up employment and housing land north of Luton. Funding Stream: Local Growth... MORE

Transporting Bedford 2020

This project seeks to reduce congestion and enable greater business productivity in the town by improving town centre traffic movement. The purpose of this scheme is to improve journey time... MORE

Smart Commuting

This scheme sees improvements to junctions along key corridors in Northampton town centre, resulting in improved journey times and reliability. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund (LGF)LGF... MORE

Smart Corridors

The Smart Commuter initiative, which will offer the public real-time traffic information to help them make more informed choices on their journeys. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund (LGF)LGF... MORE

A45 – Daventry Development Link

This A45 Daventry Development Link road is a new 3.5 mile (5.7km) single carriageway, which starts at a new roundabout on the existing A45 between the villages of Dodford and Weedon... MORE

A43 – Phase 1b Northampton to Kettering Improvements

This, combined with the A43 Phase 2 scheme, will provide improved speed and journey times on the A43 and open up land for 3000 homes. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund (LGF)LGF awarded: £7... MORE

A43 – Phase 2 - Northampton to Kettering improvements

This combined with A43 1b scheme will provide improved speed and journey times on the A43 and open up land for 3000 homes. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund (LGF)LGF awarded: £6.5mTotal Project... MORE

Stanton Cross

A new railway bridge and site infrastructure will provide access to the Stanton Cross urban extension delivering 3650 new homes and 3000 new jobs. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund... MORE

Wootton Hall Park Access Improvements

Roundabout and access improvements have provided land for housing growth and for 150 new homes. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund (LGF)LGF Amount: £1.7mTotal Project cost: £2.678mProject... MORE

MK Gallery

Transforming the contemporary art space in the town offering cafe, meeting room and training space. This project aims to increase visitor numbers to the city of Milton Keynes. Funding Stream... MORE

Daventry Campus

The Northampton College Daventry Campus has seen an inspirational new learning environment for the town delivering a range of further education and meeting the needs of young people and... MORE

Engineering and Construction Skills Centre

The new state of the art skills and technology training centre in Chartmoor Road, Leighton Buzzard, is open for students. The centre has been supported by employers and the curriculum being... MORE

Academic Centre MK Hospital

This new Academic Centre, delivered by The University of Buckingham, provides training facilities on the Milton Keynes Hospital site, delivering training and education of the University... MORE

Bedford College Advanced Engineering Centre

This new building next to the central tower block at Cauldwell Street offers employers great new space for electrical and engineering training in conjunction with the college to raise skills... MORE


An Advanced Technology and Engineering Workshop Cluster offering twelve bespoke, modern engineering and work shop spaces on the new Bedford Commercial Park, ideal for new and... MORE

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. ... MORE

Food and Drink Innovation Centre

Moulton College's Food and Drink Innovation Centre officially opened on Thursday 28 March 2018. Read more about the opening event here. The Centre is now used by students on the college... MORE

Millbrook Innovation Centre

Developing the capacity for vehicle testing, this project creates work space to test heavy goods vehicles and extend the market for the Millbrook facilities. The building meets the needs of... MORE

Catesby Aerodynamic Research Facility

A 1.7 mile long straight and flat former railway tunnel converted to an indoor, fully controllable vehicle testing facility to include wind and simulated weather impact, aerodynamics and emissions... MORE

MAHLE Powertrain - Real Driving Emissions Centre

This project has developed a new research and development vehicle test chamber, with altitude and climatic simulation capability, unique in the UK. Based in Northampton, this project has... MORE

Luton Hat District

Four Hat Factory buildings are being developed to create a network of creative and digital industry workspaces in the Cultural Quarter, located between Luton Station and Luton Town... MORE

Leyland Trading Estate

Northern Trust Company Ltd. UK have developed an SME industrial workspace area on the established Leyland Trading Estate in Wellingborough supporting job creation and business growth, adjacent... MORE

Millbrook - Variable Temperature Emissions Chamber for HGVs

This brand new vehicle emissions test facility will be capable of handling vehicles (up to 60 tonnes of inertia) and 4WD vehicles. The facility will be climatically controlled from -30°C... MORE


ACTIS focused on improving the economic performance within the Clinical Technologies and the Life Sciences sector within the locality of SEMLEP, by enabling SMEs to increase their competitive... MORE

IMAGE - Innovation in Manufacturing, Aerospace and Green Economy

IMAGE (Innovation in Manufacturing, Aerospace and Green Economy) Will see hundreds of businesses across SEMLEP given access to the research, know-how and resource based at Cranfield 5 University... MORE

Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP)

The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) is a £9.7m ERDF funded programme focused on providing support to manufacturing SMEs wishing to grow their business. Funding Stream: European Regional... MORE

Better Off in Business

The Explore Enterprise programme aims to help those aged between 18 and 30 to work towards their personal goal of self-employment. Funding Stream: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)Project... MORE

South East Midlands Start Up Programme (SEMSUP)

The South East Midlands Start-up Programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, provides residents of Bedfordshire, Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury Vale and Cherwell... MORE


External wall insulation to two high rise blocks (social housing) including rain screen cladding systems. Heat Recovery Ventilation Systems, LED lighting and Solar Panel with battery storage... MORE

Support to Understand your Money

‘Support to Understand your Money,’ (SUM) programme enables participants to understand their financial responsibilities and how they can enhance their prospects and better manage... MORE

Enterprising People

Enterprising People, enables local community organisations to offer wide ranging support for people who are unemployed, people with disabilities or who are  disadvantaged, to help them... MORE

Work Readiness Action Programme [WRAP]

The Work Readiness Action Programme (WRAP), managed by Goodwill Solutions C.I.C, is delivered across Northamptonshire by a partnership of 12 organisations. The aim of the project is to help... MORE

Working Progress, Employability Support

Working Progress helps people back onto the path of employment. The project offers rounded support to participants, varying from confidence building and mentoring, to CV writing and money advice... MORE

In to Work

‘In to Work’ supports unemployed people living in Milton Keynes, Luton, Bedford, Cherwell, Aylesbury Vale and Dunstable.  Launched in January 2017 the project focuses support... MORE

Actively Strengthening Resources

The ASR project supports young people aged 15 to 24 who live in communities with higher rates of crime, violence and racism, through a range of initiatives to help them shape a better future... MORE

My Future

The My Future project invests in young people, helping to equip them with job-related skills. It works with people aged 16 to 18 who are not in work or education and provides them with specific... MORE


The Aspire programme supports young people who are not in employment  to access exciting job opportunities, college courses or training programmes. The programme provides dedicated and... MORE

Skills Support for the Workforce, Northamptonshire

Skills Support for the Workforce helps businesses develop skilled employees through funded training and development. This supports employees’ progression, while helping the organisation... MORE

Skills Support for the Workforce, South East Midlands

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a training programme tailored to the needs of businesses with an emphasis on individuals progressing to higher levels of learning or to Apprenticeships... MORE

Employee Support in Skills

This programme provides initial support for SME employers in the South East Midlands area through an advice helpline and by providing a Training Needs Analysis. It also provides support for... MORE

A421 Dualling

This project will see dual carriageway built from J13 on the M1 to Milton Keynes opening up more land for employment with access to the motorway network. For further information click here... MORE

Wellingborough Campus Renewal Project

This project will see substantial works to the Tresham College tower block in Wellingborough (part of the Bedford College Group), refurbishment of other on-site buildings as well as improvements... MORE

Northampton College Advanced Engineering Centre

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

Northampton North West Relief Road

The Northampton North-West Relief Road will link the A428 Harlestone Road with the A5199 Welford Road and serve the housing growth that is proposed to the west and north of Northampton. It will... MORE


Funding Stream: European Social Fund Delivery Partners: University of Bedfordshire | University of Northampton Time2Grow is a multi-million pound EU funded programme designed to help... MORE

Enterprise Centre: East Northants (ECEN)

This new enterprise centre at Warth Business Park in Raunds, Northants, will provide 3,430 m2 gross of new, high quality, business floorspace, incorporating 2,510 m2 office/studio managed workspace... MORE

KW Special Projects Digital Manufacturing Centre

This project, led by high-performance engineering consultancy KW Special Projects, will create a new 1,657 sqm Digital Manufacturing Centre at Silverstone Park. The centre will act as a technology... MORE

YMCA Milton Keynes

This project combines affordable housing with social enterprises, providing employment and training opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged young people in our community. A caf&eacute... MORE

Northampton College Construction Test and Training Centre

This Northampton College led project will involve the refurbishment of an existing building, next to its new Advanced Construction and Engineering Centre, to set up and equip an independent... MORE

Intertek European Electric Vehicle Propulsion Testing Centre of Excellence

This project will deliver a Milton Keynes based European Centre of Excellence for high voltage EV propulsion systems.  This will significantly enhance Intertek’s offering to customers... MORE

Catesby Aerodynamic Research and Innovation Centre

This project will see the development of a new 1,465 square metre research and innovation centre that enables high-performance technology start-ups and early growth businesses to co-locate next... MORE

STEM Teaching Block Provision, Mark Rutherford School, Bedford

The new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) centre of excellence hub at the Mark Rutherford School, Bedford will provide an additional 983m2 of learning space comprising of seven... MORE

Smart Ticketing Milton Keynes

This project will provide the equipment and back-office systems necessary for smart 'Oyster'-style ticketing in Milton Keynes, simplifying bus travel, transforming the customer experience and... MORE

The Knoll, Long March, Daventry, Northamptonshire

This project will see the development of a 6.2-acre derelict site located within central Daventry, to create around 56,000 sq ft of new industrial and warehouse space in 15 units ranging between... MORE

K-Block, Business, Skills and Innovation Centre

The K-Block Business, Skills and Innovation Centre is located near the growing London Luton Airport Enterprise Zone and will provide almost 1,700m2 of business floor space and nearly 1,000m2... MORE

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