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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 will allow great access to the Woodside Link industrial area and open up land for over 2000 new jobs and up to 10,000 new homes. Funding... 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 in the town. Funding Stream: Local... 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. These will commence in Spring 2018 with the help of the Airport as... MORE

Improved Surface access for Luton Airport

This is a major £100M project to open up employment land and improve airport access. The scheme opening is planned for 2021. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund (LGF)LGF awarded: &pound... 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)

Responding to the needs of the autonomous vehicle developers, Cranfield University is creating a mile of new road to test autonomous vehicles and learn about the interactions with them within... MORE

The Exchange, Aylesbury 

An exciting new public square in a mixed use development which will change the footfall and way in which people visit and use the Aylesbury town centre. Set to open in Autumn 2018, the scheme... 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 the town centre, resulting in improved journey times and reliability. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund (LGF)LGF awarded: &... MORE

Smart Corridors

This scheme sees improvements junctions along key corridors in the town centre, improve journey times and reliability. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund (LGF)LGF awarded: £3.5mTotal Project... MORE

A45 – Daventry Development Link

This scheme delivers a bypass of flow to improve access along J16 of M1 and Daventry, opening up housing land for over 3000 new homes. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund (LGF)LGF awarded: &pound... 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: &pound... 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... 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

A509 Wellingborough Development Link

The Isham bypass will see a new road and improve journey times and open up land for future housing and job growth. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund (LGF)LGF awarded: £15mTotal Project... 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 new city. Funding Stream: Local Growth... MORE

Daventry Campus

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

Engineering and Construction Skills Centre

The new state of the art skills and technology training centre in Chartmoor Road, Leighton Buzzard, has been constructed and completed 2 weeks ahead of schedule. The centre has been supported... MORE

Academic Centre MK Hospital

This new Academic Centre, delivered by The University of Buckingham, will provide training facilities on the Milton Keynes Hospital site. This centre will deliver training and education of the... MORE

Bedford College Advanced Engineering Centre

This new building next to the central tower block at Cauldwell Street will offer 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

This project will offer business space to the food and drink sector allowing skills development and further sector growth. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund (LGF)LGF awarded: £3.5mTotal... 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 will develop a new research and development vehicle test chamber, with altitude and climatic simulation capability, unique in the UK. Based in Northampton, this project will lead... MORE

Luton Hat District

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

Leyland Trading Estate

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

Millbrook Tyre Testing and Handling Tracks

This project will specify, construct and install a UK-unique test facility for the development, validation and certification of automotive vehicles and tyres in respects of their handling and... MORE

Innovate Northampton

The project aims to promote research and innovation within small and medium sized enterprises across Northamptonshire by encouraging collaboration with external research institutions and specialists... MORE

Innovation Bridge

Innovation Bridge is a business support project, running until summer 2019 offering access to: three days of FREE academic support to help develop an action plan for developing a new product... 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

City Labs

CityLabs is a project that brings together The Open University with ZTE (a global telecom company) and Fronesys (a management consulting organisation) to deliver a programme of engaging regional... MORE

ICT Escalator

The project enhances access to, and increases the use and quality of information and communications technology and broadband provision for SME’s across South East Midlands area. Funding... MORE

NoDE project (Northamptonshire Digital Enhancement)

The scheme will work in three ways: providing grants to support innovative digital business improvement projects; offering a digital adviser to help businesses capitalise on technological advances... MORE

Ready to Grow

The Ready2Grow project aims to improve the capacity and performance of small and medium sized enterprises and to encourage entrepreneurship across Northamptonshire. Funding Stream: European... MORE

Food Enterprise Advisory Support Team (FEAST)

The Food & Drink Forum has secured funding to offer a range of useful services to food and drink manufacturers over the next three years, including; grant funding, business mentoring, industry... MORE

Internationalizing SMEs

This project provides a targeted programme of advice, events and financial support that will encourage and assist small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the East and South Midlands to... 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

Velocity Growth Hub

Velocity is a SEMLEP Growth Hub for SMEs in the South-East Midlands The ERDF project provides over 12 hours on 1-to-1 advice, skills workshops and Funding Stream: European Regional Development... MORE

South East Midlands Start Up Programme (SEMSUP)

South East Midlands Start-up Programme (SEMSUP) will deliver: 10 Targeted engagement and outreach and mentoring to strengthen entrepreneurial and enterprise culture. Funding Stream: European... MORE

Smart Energy Business for Northamptonshire

The SEB project establishes an energy support service for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the Northamptonshire and South-East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership areas. Funding... 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

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