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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, including the European Social Fund.

NN Contemporary Art Relocation

This project will provide the relocation and refurbishment of the NN Contemporary Art (NN), an internationally recognised art space in the centre of Northampton. The new premises will provide... MORE

GLaM (Kettering Gallery, Library and Museum)

Kettering Borough Council, in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council, is revitalising the Kettering Gallery, Library and Museum (GLaM) to become a cultural anchor for North Northamptonshire... MORE

Bedford Green Energy Innovation Park

Located on a 30-ha former landfill site, this exemplar model within the Oxford-Cambridge Arc will generate green, low carbon, clean energy to encourage others to reduce carbon emissions, adopt... MORE

Business Resilience and Recovery Grant Scheme

The Recovery and Resilience Grant scheme offers match funding to businesses to invest in new technologies, plant equipment, machinery, or premises growth to help businesses create employment... MORE

MK:U Start Up to Scale Up Programme

This project will provide an Innovation Hub in Milton Keynes, known as the Smart City Living Lab. The hub will provide education and support to scale start-up businesses, with a specialist focus... MORE

Innovate Recycle Ltd

This circular economy project will respond to a gap in UK recycling and waste handling provision. Led by Innovate Recycle Ltd, it will develop the UK’s first predominantly polypropylene... MORE

AI Platform at Bedford College

Bedford College is looking to provide an Artificial Intelligence Maths and English Learning platform. The project encompasses software that supports a teaching and learning platform that enables... MORE

Modern methods of construction Bedford College

This project aims to update the facilities available at The Bedford College Group and for the College to be a leader in the “Design – build – logistics – construct&rdquo... MORE

Flitwick Transport Interchange

This project will create a multi-modal public transport interchange at the existing Flitwick rail station. The interchange will enable full integration across different modes of transport, deliver... MORE

West Herts College Barnfield Redevelopment

Investment will support the redevelopment of Barnfield College's New Bedford Road campus. In addition to providing a new modern 6,000 sqm FE facility (which will accommodate skills delivery... MORE

Low Carbon Workspaces

Low Carbon Workspaces grant scheme helps businesses make energy-usage savings or reduce carbon emissions. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help fund a third of the cost of projects such... MORE

Electrical Supply Upgrade to UTAC, Millbrook

UTAC at Millbrook provides 70km of varied test track and the site has a range of test facilities for components and full vehicles. Millbrook Technology Park in the UK is home to several automotive... MORE

Growth Curve

Growth Curve is an intensive programme for business owners to strengthen leadership skills to help set your organisation on track for attainable long-term growth. Set up to support businesses... MORE

Centre of excellence for low-carbon automotive technologies

JRM Limited Group are extending and remodelling one of their existing sites in Daventry, Northamptonshire, to create a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Low-carbon Automotive Technologies (manufacturing... MORE

National Hydroponics Demonstrator and Skills Centre

Growpura Limited is developing a commercial scale vertical hydroponics demonstrator facility incorporating new and innovative techniques that will complement training capability and product... MORE

3C Test EV EMC, Research, Test & Training Facility

The project will involve the building and fitting out of the UK's largest dedicated Electric vehicle (EV) Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) test chamber together with associated EMC test facilities... MORE

MK:U – Educational Acceleration in Digital Skills

The MK:U – Educational Acceleration in Digital Skills project is piloted four courses to 500 students, 3 years ahead of the proposed opening of MK:U's permanent site in central Milton... MORE

Electric Powertrain Test Facility (ePTF) – Foundations for Growth

The project has created an Electric Vehicle (EV) powertrain technical centre in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, to satisfy the future demand for electric transport. This has been achieved by installing... MORE

Cranfield Forensic Institute, Cranfield University

Cranfield University has relocated its forensic science capabilities and taught programme from Oxfordshire to Bedfordshire to create a world-class national centre for forensic science. There... MORE

Northampton College Digital Skills Academy

This Northampton College led project will provide a ‘digital academy’ at Northampton College’s Booth Lane campus, housed in a purpose-built 1,300 sqm new block. The new facility... MORE


The Food & Drink Forum, in partnership with The Mallows Company, has secured funding to offer a range of useful services to food and drink manufacturers until June 2022, including; grant... MORE

Women’s Academy

Luton All Women’s Centre’s ‘Women’s Academy’ provides education, training and skills development activities specifically designed to help women and girls who are... MORE

Building Your Confidence Through Stories

The ‘Building Your Confidence Through Stories’ project is aims to support women through a series of writing, career... MORE

Stepping into Care

Stepping into Care is providing 24 unemployed or economically inactive women from the black and minority ethnic community with an 18-week employability programme. The programme will help participants... MORE

Brighter Futures

Brighter Futures supports people who are experiencing poverty and social injustices to break down limiting beliefs, build confidence, identify personal strengths and unlock their potential through... MORE

Aspects - Transitions Sound and Vision

Aspects – Transitions Sound and Vision works with young people aged 16 – 30 who are on the Autistic Spectrum and have other barriers to their education and employment such as social... MORE

Access to Work

The Access to Work programme is providing training/employment opportunities for working-age adults with learning disabilities/difficulties in Northampton. The project is being delivered with... MORE

1mpact Bedfordshire

1mpact Bedfordshire is a niche educational outreach project that supports non-English-speaking parents to improve their language skills, building confidence to help improve participants lives... MORE

Dunstable High Street Regeneration Phase 2 Improvements

The Dunstable High Street Regeneration Phase 2 Improvements scheme has transformed the High Street environment within the centre of Dunstable by widening and decluttering footways, improving... MORE

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... MORE

Houghton Brook Flood Storage Area

This project has built a flood storage area to mitigate future flooding in Luton, protecting 643 residential and non-residential properties along the Houghton Brook and River Lea, infrastructure... MORE


The MK:5G project is an exciting new testbed in the Milton Keynes area, including the deployment of dedicated 5G infrastructure and the creation of a data hub facility. The 5G mobile network... MORE


Ace Your Future helps and empowers disadvantaged people in Northampton to achieve their goals and improve their work and learning prospects. The project supports participants to make professional... MORE

Companions Real Bread CIC Outreach Project

Companions Real Bread CIC runs a commercial bakery in Bedford. The bakery was set up to support to ex-offenders in the local community who, having decided they want not to re-offend, are trying... MORE

Work Mate Mentoring

Work Mate Mentoring introduces YMCA residents aged 19 to 24 to a range of volunteer guests from the world of work, creating conversations about experiences of work. These conversations improve... MORE

New Start to Life

New Start to Life targets young people, lone parents, people aged 50 + and ethnic minorities. The project allows people to develop the skills and confidence required for life and the workplace... MORE

Morton House, 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

Signal Park

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

Smart Ticketing Milton Keynes

This project has provided the equipment and back-office systems necessary for smart 'Oyster'-style ticketing in Milton Keynes, simplifying bus travel, transforming the customer experience and... 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 provides an additional 983m2 of learning space comprising of seven classrooms... 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

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

Northampton College Construction Test and Training Centre

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

KW Special Projects Digital Manufacturing Centre

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

Enterprise Centre: East Northants (ECEN)

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

Northampton College Advanced Engineering Centre

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

Wellingborough Campus Renewal Project

This project has seen 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


The aim of the project has been to find a cost-effective and reliable way of delivering a comfortable, low carbon solution to high rise blocks of flats by improving the performance of the fabric... MORE

Explore Enterprise Programme

This programme is available for those aged 18 to 30 with a desire to set up their own business. During the programme, participants will attend a three-day virtual business course and then receive... MORE

Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP)

The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) supports SME Manufacturers to make improvements by identifying, understanding and removing their barriers to growth Support tailored to your business... MORE

UTAC: Variable Temperature Emissions Chamber for HGVs

This brand new vehicle emissions test facility is capable of handling vehicles (up to 60 tonnes of inertia) and 4WD vehicles. The facility can be climatically controlled from -30°C to +50... 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

Luton Hat District

Three Hat Factory buildings have been developed to create a network of creative and digital industry workspaces in the Cultural Quarter, located between Luton Station and Luton Town Centre... 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

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

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

Food and Drink Innovation Centre

Moulton College's Food and Drink Innovation Centre officially opened on Thursday 28 March 2019. Read more about the opening event here. The Centre is now used by students on the college... 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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Wootton Hall Park Access Improvements

 Roundabout and access improvements have provided land for a new primary school with 350 places. Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund (LGF)LGF Amount: £1.7mTotal Project cost: £2.678mDelivery... 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 (LGF)LGF... MORE

A43 – Phase 2 - Northampton to Kettering improvements

The improvements to the A43 phase 2 was completed in Feb 2018 with a new dual carriageway between A45 and the A14, the north of the Moulton roundabout to a new junction near Overstone Grange... 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

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

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. It will bring together a number of technology... 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

Transporting Bedford 2021

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

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. The project was approved... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 5,150 new homes. Funding Stream... MORE

A421 Dualling

This project built a dual carriageway 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. Funding... MORE

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