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South East Midlands Kickstart Grant Scheme opens for applications 14th September

The new South East Midlands Kickstart Grant Scheme will open for applications from local businesses at 9am on Monday 14th September... Read More
News 10 Sep 2020
Grant funding update

Update regarding the kickstarting tourism and SME recovery grants

A new government support package was recently announced to help small and medium sized businesses recover from the financial... Read More
News 21 Aug 2020
Daily Bread

Food awards partners rise to the occasion!

Northampton’s much-loved wholefood retailer Daily Bread may have had to put last month’s ruby anniversary party on hold... Read More
News 20 Aug 2020
Professor Sir Peter Gregson

Cranfield Vice-Chancellor appointed to taskforce examining the future of UK R&D

Cranfield University’s Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Peter Gregson, has been appointed to a leading business... Read More
News 18 Aug 2020
Brookside Day Centre

Corby care service to open new facility helping disabled adults after £200k loan

Brookside Day Centre (BDC) Healthcare & Education received the funding to help purchase a new care facility and create several... Read More
News 17 Aug 2020
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£620,000 available for local training and employment schemes

To help support the community during this time, local organisations can apply for up to £20,000 grant funding to help people to get... Read More
News 17 Aug 2020
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London Luton Airport owner Aena offers $50k for start-up innovators in new accelerator programme

Aena, the majority shareholder of London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLA), has announced the launch of the Aena Ventures programme... Read More
News 17 Aug 2020
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New PPE manufacturing facility to open in Northampton

Medicom, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medical and respiratory masks has chosen Brackmills Industrial Estate,... Read More
News 04 Aug 2020
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Funding boost creates five new jobs at education provider

A NORTHAMPTON-based provider of specialist education IT services is set to create five new jobs after landing a £90,000 boost from... Read More
News 05 Aug 2020
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£27.3million secured to support COVID-19 recovery in Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire

Bedford, Corby, Luton, Milton Keynes, and Northampton are among the towns set to benefit from a new pot of funding which has been... Read More
News 04 Aug 2020
Four businesses adapting to the new world of work.

What kind of businesses will flourish in a post COVID-19 world?

The COVID-19 pandemic is, predictably, changing lives around the world – both in the short term and, almost inevitably, in the... Read More
News 03 Aug 2020
Grants of up to £5,000 available to help SMEs recover from COVID-19

Grants of up to £5,000 available to help SMEs recover from COVID-19

A new government support package has been launched to help small and medium sized businesses recover from the financial... Read More
News 30 Jul 2020
Funding to help tourism businesses to access support of up to £5,000

Funding to help tourism businesses to access support of up to £5,000

The Government have announced a £10million Kick-starting Tourism Package. Part of this package will be the allocation of small... Read More
News 30 Jul 2020
Fundraising success to finish Hat Works

Fundraising success to finish Hat Works

The Culture Trust, Luton are delighted to announce that they have been successful in securing funding to finish Hat Works –... Read More
News 28 Jul 2020
Leadership: What next?

Leadership: What next?

Clear leadership is even more important in periods of uncertainty. How are you tackling the demands at this time? As a business leader... Read More
News 24 Jul 2020
Food and drink awards are finally served up

Food and drink awards are finally served up

The team behind the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards is delighted to announce that, following a delay to its spring... Read More
News 14 Jul 2020
A top tenant for The Culture Trust

A top tenant for The Culture Trust

July 2020 will see IMI Hydronic move into a stunning new warehouse-style workspace in Hat House, a refurbished hat factory... Read More
News 07 Jul 2020
Cranfield to investigate air quality throughout Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Arc

Cranfield to investigate air quality throughout Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Arc

A team from Cranfield University will be leading a rapid study of air quality throughout the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Arc. The... Read More
News 07 Jul 2020
Smarter Manufacturing - Digital Supply Chain: apply for funding

Smarter Manufacturing - Digital Supply Chain: apply for funding

Technology and manufacturing businesses can now apply for funding to develop innovative digital technologies that have the potential... Read More
News 06 Jul 2020
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Beyond lockdown: responding to the needs of sector and places

Sector performance in the shift from crisis to recovery is a key driver to what happens next. What sector responses are we seeing... Read More
News 03 Jul 2020
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Zooming into new opportunities

The lockdown measures brought about rapid change to working conditions. Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts have become integrated... Read More
News 01 Jul 2020
Driving the change towards Net Zero: apply for funding

Driving the change towards Net Zero: apply for funding

Businesses can apply for a share of £15 million to catalyse the green economic recovery in transport, energy and industrial sectors... Read More
News 26 Jun 2020
£12.2m bid for Future High Street Fund submitted

£12.2m bid for Future High Street Fund submitted

Northampton Forward Board has submitted a final bid for over £12m to the Government’s Future High Streets Fund, that will aim... Read More
News 25 Jun 2020
Northamptonshire Firm Behind Lifesaving Choking Device Receives £70K Investment

Northamptonshire Firm Behind Lifesaving Choking Device Receives £70K Investment

A Northamptonshire firm responsible for developing a pioneering device used in choking emergencies has secured a £70,000 investment... Read More
News 25 Jun 2020
Dr Kerry Mashford OBE

SEMLEP Energy Champion celebrated as Top 50 Women in Engineering sustainability announced

Dr Kerry Mashford OBE is announced as a winner in the Top 50 Women in Engineering sustainability awards Now in its fifth year, the... Read More
News 23 Jun 2020
Enterprise Centre East Northants celebrates major milestone

Enterprise Centre East Northants celebrates major milestone

Construction on the flagship Enterprise Centre East Northants has been underway since summer 2019, and this week East Northamptonshire... Read More
News 09 Jun 2020
Game-changing UK forensic science centre of excellence set to deliver world-leading education and research

Game-changing UK forensic science centre of excellence set to deliver world-leading education and research

Work has begun on a new forensic science ‘centre of excellence’ at Cranfield University. Once fully completed,&nbsp... Read More
News 08 Jun 2020
Logistics is under the radar, until you have a crisis!

Logistics is under the radar, until you have a crisis!

It goes without saying that the logistics sector is incredibly important to our region. In fact, the 5,700 logistics companies here... Read More
News 02 Jun 2020
Rebuilding our economy together

Rebuilding our economy together

As we turn our attention to life beyond lockdown, the immediate challenge is to understand the scale of the economic impact. How we... Read More
News 02 Jun 2020
Another helping of superheroes!

Another helping of superheroes!

‘Not all superheroes wear capes’ – so the saying goes. You certainly need look no further than Northamptonshire'... Read More
News 29 May 2020
Charities: help us, help you

Charities: help us, help you

Voluntary Community Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations across the South East Midlands are being asked to share the impacts of... Read More
News 27 May 2020
Inside Northampton College

Beyond lockdown: rebuilding our South East Midlands economy

Scenario planning, asking the right questions and being agile in our ability to adapt our response as things change. The next three... Read More
News 20 May 2020
Virtual SOD cutting signals birth of Northampton College's new digital academy 

Virtual SOD cutting signals birth of Northampton College's new digital academy 

The building of a state-of-the-art Digital Academy at Northampton College is now underway, with the first spades going in the ground... Read More
News 06 May 2020
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From survival to stabilised and moving forward

Funded through a partnership between Cranfield University and SEMLEP’s Growth Hub, a new business response programme will assist... Read More
News 21 Apr 2020
Enterprise Centre, East Northants appoints centre operator

Enterprise Centre, East Northants appoints centre operator

Businesses across East Northamptonshire will soon have access to high-quality offices and workshops and first-rate business support... Read More
News 26 Mar 2020
Chamber launches £100,000 fund to support member businesses

Chamber launches £100,000 fund to support member businesses

A £100,000 fund has been launched to help firms across Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire continue to access vital business support... Read More
News 24 Mar 2020
New Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme opens to smaller businesses across the UK

New Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme opens to smaller businesses across the UK

40+ accredited lenders and partners Eligibility terms confirmed Details released on how smaller businesses can apply for the scheme... Read More
News 23 Mar 2020
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Coronavirus-Doing whatever it takes

 “Whatever it takes” …is a phrase you’ll get used to hearing. It’s right. We must all do whatever... Read More
News 19 Mar 2020
Boosting businesses with aspiration and potential

Boosting businesses with aspiration and potential

 “Scale-up businesses generate 20% of all turnover, and 20% of employment growth amongst existing businesses”, said... Read More
News 12 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: Advice

Coronavirus: Advice

Support and information for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic The current business environment is understandably a challenging... Read More
News 11 Mar 2020
Revamp of Wellingborough's Tresham campus on course for September opening

Revamp of Wellingborough's Tresham campus on course for September opening

Work is on schedule for Wellingborough's newly refurbished town centre college to open in September to 1,000 students and staff.... Read More
News 05 Mar 2020
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Investing to boost business optimism

A quarter of local businesses are innovating in products or services today (up from 2 years ago), and nearly 70 per cent of companies... Read More
News 02 Mar 2020
Blog post: 1 year on, Peter Horrocks CBE

Blog post: 1 year on, Peter Horrocks CBE

As I look back on my first year as Chair of SEMLEP it is the smiling faces of our many successful business people in our thriving... Read More
News 28 Feb 2020
Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership Apprenticeship Celebration Event 2020

Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership Apprenticeship Celebration Event 2020

On Friday 7th February, Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership celebrated the last day of National Apprenticeship Week 2020... Read More
News 10 Feb 2020
Cranfield University chosen to examine new low carbon hydrogen technology

Cranfield University chosen to examine new low carbon hydrogen technology

£7.5million for pilot hydrogen production plant at Cranfield University The plant will test new technology that reduces greenhouse... Read More
News 18 Feb 2020
Companies called on to secure future workforce

Companies called on to secure future workforce

Local businesses are asked to consider what they can do to invest time and thought into inspiring the local workforce of the future... Read More
News 30 Jan 2020
Topping out at Vulcan Works

Topping out at Vulcan Works

Significant progress has been made on Northampton Borough Council’s new Vulcan Works development which will provide managed... Read More
News 29 Jan 2020
£40 million unlocked for Midlands’ businesses as MEIF reveals new loan fund

£40 million unlocked for Midlands’ businesses as MEIF reveals new loan fund

Midlands Engine Investment Fund launches new loan fund The FSE Group appointed to manage £40 million of debt finance Fund to... Read More
News 28 Jan 2020
Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of the i-Worx in Bedford Borough

Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of the i-Worx in Bedford Borough

Bedford i-Worx is officially open following a ribbon-cutting by Mayor Dave Hodgson and Peter Horrocks CBE, SEMLEP’s Chair today... Read More
News 27 Jan 2020
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Augmented reality app aims to improve journeys in Northamptonshire

The technology is more associated with Pokemon Go but now Northamptonshire County Council is using augmented reality to help people... Read More
News 27 Jan 2020
Enterprise Centre, East Northants reaches new heights

Enterprise Centre, East Northants reaches new heights

A pioneering project in East Northamptonshire, which will provide high-quality business accommodation and support to small and micro... Read More
News 15 Jan 2020
Aylesbury Garden Town Draft Masterplan Public Consultation Launches

Aylesbury Garden Town Draft Masterplan Public Consultation Launches

Aylesbury Garden Town Draft Masterplan sets out eight guiding principles that will transform the area into ‘Aylesbury for everyone... Read More
News 10 Jan 2020
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2020 - the climate for innovation

The start of a new decade invariably affords us time for both reflection and prediction. The events of 2019 are too many to summarise... Read More
News 06 Jan 2020
Samuel Whitbread starts 2020 with excellent careers provision

Samuel Whitbread starts 2020 with excellent careers provision

Samuel Whitbread Academy is recognised for delivering students with high-quality career advice, guidance and support - helping students... Read More
News 02 Jan 2020
Ceremony at Tresham College’s Wellingborough campus

Ceremony at Tresham College’s Wellingborough campus

The £10m re-launch of Tresham College’s Wellingborough campus reached a significant milestone on November 27th with the first... Read More
News 28 Nov 2019
Achieving environmental sustainability through a greener, cleaner economy

Achieving environmental sustainability through a greener, cleaner economy

With the ever-increasing demand for energy to fuel business and housing growth, the hunt is on to find the solutions that pursues... Read More
News 19 Nov 2019
Funding scheme to enhance green places for wildlife in Aylesbury announced

Funding scheme to enhance green places for wildlife in Aylesbury announced

Aylesbury Garden Town has launched a funding scheme to support community projects in the local area.   £25,000 is available... Read More
News 14 Nov 2019
£35m fund to grow rural businesses

£35m fund to grow rural businesses

£35 million fund to boost rural productivity and create local jobs Grants of up to £750,000 to fuel investment in rural enterprises... Read More
News 06 Nov 2019
Kettering Buccleuch Academy celebrates achieving gold standard

Kettering Buccleuch Academy celebrates achieving gold standard

Northamptonshire school is first in County to achieve all eight Gatsby Benchmarks in delivering high-quality careers provision to... Read More
News 05 Nov 2019
Cranfield University spin-out secures £1m for corrosion detection technology

Cranfield University spin-out secures £1m for corrosion detection technology

A business that has found a way to detect corrosion and prevent leaks in assets such as pipelines through a network of remote sensors... Read More
News 05 Nov 2019
Aylesbury Garden Town Vision 2050

Aylesbury Garden Town Vision 2050

Aylesbury Garden Town (AGT) has today published its Garden Town 2050 Vision document showing how future developments in Buckinghamshire... Read More
News 31 Oct 2019
Scouts and former SEMLEP chair Ann Limb named top LGBT+ Public Sector Exec Role Model 2019

Scouts and former SEMLEP chair Ann Limb named top LGBT+ Public Sector Exec Role Model 2019

Ann Limb has made history. Limb became the first LGBT+ woman in the 112-year history of the UK Scout Movement to be appointed chair... Read More
News 30 Oct 2019
MK Digital Future Explored at City Innovation Showcase

MK Digital Future Explored at City Innovation Showcase

Over 100 business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and public service professionals will gather at MK Gallery today (Thursday, 24 October... Read More
News 25 Oct 2019
Green plans ahead

Green plans ahead

When we ask people what they love about where they live, responses often reflect on this area’s natural landscape. Walks around... Read More
News 22 Oct 2019
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British School of Aviation flying high

The world-renowned Monarch Airlines Engineering Training Academy facilities at London Luton Airport have been purchased from the joint... Read More
News 14 Oct 2019
Heat map of two key sectors in South East Midlands

2019 Business Survey-business priorities for local progress

Today, 10 October we launch the start of our 2019 Business Survey to gather views of a representative sample of over 1,500 businesses... Read More
News 10 Oct 2019
Local schools recognised in National Awards

Local schools recognised in National Awards

Two local schools have been recognised for their work helping young people to prepare for the world of work in the 2019 Careers Excellence... Read More
News 10 Oct 2019
New bidding round for capital investment announced

New bidding round for capital investment announced

On 1 October 2019, SEMLEP launched a new bidding round for capital investment opportunities through the Local Growth Fund. &nbsp... Read More
News 01 Oct 2019
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Investment in high innovation and technology sector sparks sustained job growth

A cluster of high innovation and technology businesses in Northamptonshire have exceeded targets for job creation, creating 724 well... Read More
News 01 Oct 2019
Inside Advanced Construction and Engineering centre, Northampton College

New £5million facility is home to next generation of construction staff

A new state-of-the-art learning facility is hailed as ‘the perfect place’ to tackle a severe skills shortage and build... Read More
News 20 Sep 2019
Aerospace Integration Research Centre

Higher education labs to boost local innovators and fuel growth

Today, the government has announced 20 new University Enterprise Zones (UEZs), with £20million investment to be delivered by Research... Read More
News 20 Sep 2019
Funding secured for Silverstone based Digital Manufacturing Centre, adding £9m to economy

Funding secured for Silverstone based Digital Manufacturing Centre, adding £9m to economy

Funding provided by South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), through Local Growth Fund KW Special Projects secured... Read More
News 18 Sep 2019
Enterprise Loans reaches £3 million lending milestone

Enterprise Loans reaches £3 million lending milestone

Business support and funding provider Enterprise Loans East Midlands (ELEM) has reached a significant funding milestone thanks to... Read More
News 11 Sep 2019
Collaborative working platform secures £40K funding boost

Collaborative working platform secures £40K funding boost

A Bedford-based software developer that specialises in collaborative working platforms has received a £40,000 cash investment from... Read More
News 09 Sep 2019
Cranfield University to lead national security academic network

Cranfield University to lead national security academic network

Cranfield University is taking the lead for the Academic Resilience and Security Community (A-RiSC), a network of 30 UK universities... Read More
News 10 Sep 2019
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Government announces new investment through Towns Fund

Today, Local Government Secretary Rt Hon. Robert Jenrick MP has announced investment of up to £25million for 100 places across the... Read More
News 06 Sep 2019
Silverstone Park moves to

Silverstone Park moves to "next level" as MEPC reveals new 140,000 sq ft speculative development

MEPC has released details of the next speculative phase of development at its high-tech business estate Silverstone Park, which will... Read More
News 06 Sep 2019
New Battery Test Facility Officially Opened at Millbrook

New Battery Test Facility Officially Opened at Millbrook

Millbrook’s Battery Test Laboratory officially opened as the UK’s latest, and biggest, private investment in independent... Read More
News 04 Sep 2019
Dignitaries cement flagship enterprise centre

Dignitaries cement flagship enterprise centre

To celebrate the completion of the steel frame of Enterprise Centre, East Northants, representatives from East Northamptonshire Council... Read More
News 02 Sep 2019
Funding awarded to help people get back into work

Funding awarded to help people get back into work

Eight community-based projects that support local people to progress into employment or further education have been awarded funding... Read More
News 08 Aug 2019
Intertek UK Transportation Technologies Invests in Creating a New European Electric Vehicle Propulsion Testing Centre of Excellence

Intertek UK Transportation Technologies Invests in Creating a New European Electric Vehicle Propulsion Testing Centre of Excellence

Enhanced capabilities introduced at Intertek’s state-of-the-art testing facilities, ensuring it stays at the forefront of customers... Read More
News 05 Aug 2019
Harvard University architects win competition to design MK:U

Harvard University architects win competition to design MK:U

Hopkins Architects, the designers behind Harvard University’s new Smith Campus Center, as well as the London 2012... Read More
News 30 Jul 2019
Blog post: Connect to The Exchange

Blog post: Connect to The Exchange

The South East Midlands just wouldn’t be the same without the people, places and businesses. It would quite literally be &lsquo... Read More
News 24 Jul 2019
On the fast track to success with Network Rail

On the fast track to success with Network Rail

Earlier this month, Network Rail, in collaboration with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), invited students... Read More
News 22 Jul 2019
Innovation and commercialisation at the heart of new economic plan for South East Midlands

Innovation and commercialisation at the heart of new economic plan for South East Midlands

South East Midlands Local Industrial Strategy reaffirms area’s ambitions to be a world-leader in transport and freight research... Read More
News 19 Jul 2019
England’s Economic Heartland launches Outline Transport Strategy at annual conference

England’s Economic Heartland launches Outline Transport Strategy at annual conference

A wide-ranging debate on the future of transport in and around the Oxford to Cambridge Arc has been launched by England’s Economic... Read More
News 17 Jul 2019
Official launch of Careers Hub Luton helping to improve careers outcomes for young people

Official launch of Careers Hub Luton helping to improve careers outcomes for young people

Luton Council will officially launch Careers Hub Luton on Wednesday 10 July to transform careers education for young people. The... Read More
News 10 Jul 2019
Connecting students to future careers

Connecting students to future careers

Bedfordshire based business, Excel Structures, connects students and construction careers by hosting their quarterly networking events... Read More
News 09 Jul 2019
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Five Designs Unveiled in International Design Competition for MK:U University Quarter

The five shortlisted designs for a proposed new university quarter in Milton Keynes have been unveiled as part of an international... Read More
News 04 Jul 2019
Celebrating first graduates from independent medical school

Celebrating first graduates from independent medical school

On 29th June, the inaugural student cohort from UK’s first independent medical school since Victorian times graduated at The... Read More
News 01 Jul 2019
Andrew Lewer MP, hosting SEMLEP Business Ambassador reception at House of Commons, 25 June 2019

Making the connection

At the House of Commons on 25 June, business leaders and politicians discussed the growing strength of the South East Midlands economy... Read More
News 28 Jun 2019
£20,000, 22 days, 1 application

£20,000, 22 days, 1 application

Funding for community skills projects available for South East Midlands businesses. The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership... Read More
News 27 Jun 2019
Work has started to deliver innovative enterprise centre

Work has started to deliver innovative enterprise centre

Start-up and growing businesses will soon have the opportunity to benefit from first-rate flexible workspace and business support... Read More
News 26 Jun 2019
British Business Bank Start Up Loans Programme Lends £500m to UK Small Businesses

British Business Bank Start Up Loans Programme Lends £500m to UK Small Businesses

The Start Up Loans programme lends more than 60,000 loans to fund small businesses since 2012 Almost 40% of loan recipients are... Read More
News 20 Jun 2019
Bedford school set to become Centre of Excellence

Bedford school set to become Centre of Excellence

A Building project at Mark Rutherford School is set to become a Centre of Excellence by inspiring the next generation of highly skilled... Read More
News 14 Jun 2019
OBE awarded to SEMLEP Further Education Ambassador

OBE awarded to SEMLEP Further Education Ambassador

SEMLEP Board Member, Dr Julie Mills, Chief Executive and Principal of MK College, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday... Read More
News 12 Jun 2019
Investment fund deal gives oomf to porridge brand

Investment fund deal gives oomf to porridge brand

Foresight Group has announced a £500,000 equity investment into porridge manufacturer Oomf through the Midlands Engine Investment... Read More
News 11 Jun 2019
Businesses invited to learn more about the future of supply chain logistics

Businesses invited to learn more about the future of supply chain logistics

Cranfield University and SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership) are co-hosting an event for businesses to learn... Read More
News 03 Jun 2019
Santander provides £30m boost to plans for innovative new university in Milton Keynes

Santander provides £30m boost to plans for innovative new university in Milton Keynes

MK:U is being developed by Cranfield University, which is based just outside Britain’s most successful new town. The funding... Read More
News 28 May 2019
Developing your Future Workforce

Developing your Future Workforce

15 businesses, 3 schools, 1 agenda. On the 10th of May 2019 ‘Developing your Future Workforce’ organised by Daventry... Read More
News 28 May 2019
Northamptonshire’s top 50

Northamptonshire’s top 50

BDO LLP announces the county’s top 50 fastest-growing businesses in inaugural growth barometer Northamptonshire’s fastest... Read More
News 24 May 2019
Silverstone Technology Cluster set to become part of 'UK's innovation capital' says government

Silverstone Technology Cluster set to become part of 'UK's innovation capital' says government

The Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC) is set to become a key part of “the innovation capital of this country” it has... Read More
News 23 May 2019
£20m investment awarded to boost local business growth and opportunity

£20m investment awarded to boost local business growth and opportunity

Ten projects across the South East Midlands (SEMLEP) area were awarded funding through SEMLEP’s Local Growth Fund this week.... Read More
News 23 May 2019
Rachel Mallows MBE DL

Food and Drink Advocate joins SEMLEP Board

Northamptonshire business leader, Rachel Mallows MBE DL is appointed to the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership Board... Read More
News 15 May 2019
Robert West speaking at business event in UK Centre for Carnival Arts

Blog post: Arts and innovation - securing our creative future

If you’ve watched the latest series of Victoria, you’ll have seen the tension unfold between Prince Albert and the leadership... Read More
News 10 May 2019
Large Strategic Grant awarded to The Stables by MK Community Foundation!

Large Strategic Grant awarded to The Stables by MK Community Foundation!

MK Community Foundation are delighted to award The Stables Theatre in Milton Keynes a Large Strategic Grant of £95,000. The grant... Read More
News 10 May 2019
Cranfield joins forces with The Alan Turing Institute to tackle AI defence and security challenges

Cranfield joins forces with The Alan Turing Institute to tackle AI defence and security challenges

Cranfield University and The Alan Turing Institute have jointly appointed Mark Briers as Professor of Cyber Security, as the two organisations... Read More
News 08 May 2019
It’s a WRaP! MEPC launches new agile work space at Silverstone Park Innovation Centre

It’s a WRaP! MEPC launches new agile work space at Silverstone Park Innovation Centre

Businesses and guests at Silverstone Park can now take advantage of a colourful new ‘agile work space’ – designed... Read More
News 08 May 2019
Give an hour

Give an Hour to inspire young people

To encourage employers to engage with young people, a new campaign is launched that will benefit both young people and local businesses... Read More
News 01 May 2019
Digital Skills get a boost

Digital Skills get a boost

£28million has been granted to transform the historic Block D at Bletchley Park into the Institute of Digital Technology (IoT), which... Read More
News 17 Apr 2019
A421 Ground Breaking

Council formally marks start of its work to upgrade the remaining section of A421 into Milton Keynes

Central Bedfordshire Council formally recognised the start of its project to upgrade a key section of the A421 into dual carriageway... Read More
News 05 Apr 2019
Moulton College celebrates food and drink innovation at new centre opening

Moulton College celebrates food and drink innovation at new centre opening

Moulton College’s Food and Drink Innovation Centre officially opened (Thursday, 28th March) by well-known food critic and TV... Read More
News 03 Apr 2019
CityFibre puts gigabit-speed connectivity within reach of thousands of MK homes

CityFibre puts gigabit-speed connectivity within reach of thousands of MK homes

Over 20,000 homes across Milton Keynes are now able to access full fibre broadband – one year on from the start of the city-... Read More
News 28 Mar 2019
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South East Midlands Companies Gain ScaleUp Recognition

The number of fast-growing ambitious businesses with leaders hungry for success is increasing across South East Midlands – new... Read More
News 27 Mar 2019
Tresham College Artist Impression

Wellingborough's Tresham College to receive new lease of life

Planning permission has been granted for Tresham College’s Wellingborough campus, to be regenerated to provide modern post... Read More
News 27 Mar 2019
Plans for regional Hub of Excellence move a step closer

Plans for regional Hub of Excellence move a step closer

Cranfield University is one of 24 institutions to receive early-stage funding from UK Research and Innovation... Read More
News 22 Mar 2019
Local businesses blazing a trail

Local businesses blazing a trail

This year’s National Apprenticeship Week and the National Apprenticeship Show showcased all the incredible opportunities that... Read More
News 22 Mar 2019
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£1.2 million grant programme to benefit local community groups

Community groups working in Luton and Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury Vale are invited to apply for... Read More
News 20 Mar 2019
 Yvette Lamidey,  Director, Business Locksmith and Lead for FSB, Buckinghamshire | SEMLEP's SME Champion

SEMLEP Board gains new SME Champion

The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has announced the appointment of a new Small Medium Enterprise (SME)... Read More
News 19 Mar 2019
Weatherfield Academy celebrated for meeting National Benchmarks

Weatherfield Academy celebrated for meeting National Benchmarks

Weatherfield Academy in Central Bedfordshire has been awarded the Quality Careers Standard Qualification after achieving all eight... Read More
News 19 Mar 2019
Sara Homer Executive Chair of Brackmills

It's a YES for Brackmills

Brackmills becomes the UK’s first industrial estate to be awarded BID status for a third term More than £2million has... Read More
News 18 Mar 2019
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Aviation industry's digital future gets underway

Cranfield University marked the official start of construction of the new £67m Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC... Read More
News 15 Mar 2019
Map of Arc

Spring Statement: Oxford-Cambridge Arc statement

With today’s Spring Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer published the Government’s ambition and joint declaration... Read More
News 13 Mar 2019
Sculpture unveilled at The Exchange opening

Aylesbury's exciting new development, The Exchange, opens to the public

Aylesbury town centre’s latest development, The Exchange opened to the public on Friday 8 March. This stunning new... Read More
News 13 Mar 2019
249,000 Foresight investment sees technology firm relocate its headquarters to Milton Keynes

249,000 Foresight investment sees technology firm relocate its headquarters to Milton Keynes

Foresight Group LLP has announced a £249,000 investment into Usheru Limited, the firm behind a pioneering technology platform operating... Read More
News 12 Mar 2019
MK Gallery

Blog Post: MK Gallery officially opens its doors

This week sees the official opening of Milton Keynes Gallery, although many residents like me have eagerly watched its extension... Read More
News 11 Mar 2019
Peter Horrocks CBE

Peter Horrocks CBE appointed Chair of Local Enterprise Partnership

SEMLEP, the public-private organisation responsible for steering government investment and promoting local sustainable growth in the... Read More
News 27 Feb 2019
Route map to secure clean energy to power business and housing growth

Route map to secure clean energy to power business and housing growth

SEMLEP is to connect national energy experts from government, local councils and business to agree energy priorities to pursue the... Read More
News 25 Feb 2019
Major Step Forward for Iconic Heavy Duty Vehicle Emissions Test Facility

Major Step Forward for Iconic Heavy Duty Vehicle Emissions Test Facility

Millbrook’s iconic Variable Temperature Emissions Chamber (VTEC) to be superseded by a brand new 4WD chassis dyno heavy duty... Read More
News 25 Feb 2019
Investor in Careers Award Success for Bedford Academy

Investor in Careers Award Success for Bedford Academy

 Bedford Academy is delighted to have been re-awarded The Quality in Careers Standard. The school was re-assessed in December... Read More
News 20 Feb 2019
Welcome cash boost for Aylesbury Garden Town Programme to help make vision a reality

Welcome cash boost for Aylesbury Garden Town Programme to help make vision a reality

Plans to transform Aylesbury have taken another step forward this week, with news of additional government funding for the Garden... Read More
News 18 Feb 2019
Growth Hub

The place to go for Business Support and Advice

Following the merge of two successful local Growth Hubs, a new Growth Hub serving the South East Midlands region is up and running... Read More
News 15 Feb 2019
Dr Ann Limb CBE DL

Showcasing seven key successes in seven years

At the end of her second and final term in office, SEMLEP’s Dr Ann Limb CBE DL reflects on SEMLEP’s impact on strengthening... Read More
News 14 Feb 2019
The UK's First Independent 5G Test Bed for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles due for Launch

The UK's First Independent 5G Test Bed for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles due for Launch

The Millbrook mobile network is set to be launched in February 2019 with live demonstrations and speakers including Mansoor Hanif... Read More
News 05 Feb 2019
Female start-up founders missing out on billions in funding

Female start-up founders missing out on billions in funding

Female start-up founders are missing out on billions of pounds of investment, new research published today finds. The UK VC &... Read More
News 04 Feb 2019
LEP leaders tell Prime Minister Local Industrial Strategies are on target

LEP leaders tell Prime Minister Local Industrial Strategies are on target

The Prime Minister met with business leaders from England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) today to track progress on... Read More
News 31 Jan 2019
£2 million investment to help small businesses to grow

£2 million investment to help small businesses to grow

Grants are available through the government’s Business Basics Fund to help SMEs adopt proven technologies, become more... Read More
News 31 Jan 2019
Central Bedfordshire College welcomes MP Anne Milton and MP Andrew Selous to their Leighton Buzzard Campus

Central Bedfordshire College welcomes MP Anne Milton and MP Andrew Selous to their Leighton Buzzard Campus

On Thursday 24th January, Anne Milton, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, and Andrew Selous, MP for South West Bedfordshire, visited... Read More
News 25 Jan 2019
South East Midlands firms benefit after MEIF reaches £25million milestone

South East Midlands firms benefit after MEIF reaches £25million milestone

Midlands Engine Investment Fund reaches £25million milestone Over 100 businesses supported across the region since launch £350k... Read More
News 28 Jan 2019
Long term thinking in uncertain times

Long term thinking in uncertain times

Business planning for the long term amidst political turmoil is never going to be an easy ride. In today’s economic climate... Read More
News 28 Jan 2019
Barclays Chairman opens new aviation technology hub at Cranfield University

Barclays Chairman opens new aviation technology hub at Cranfield University

The Chairman of Barclays, John Mcfarlane, has officially opened the new aviation technology hub at Cranfield University.  The... Read More
News 21 Jan 2019
Manufacturing Careers Guide to tackle industry skills shortage

Manufacturing Careers Guide to tackle industry skills shortage

Cranfield University has released a Manufacturing Careers Guide to encourage more people to take up a career in manufacturing. The... Read More
News 04 Jan 2019
TeenTech Cities to Milton Keynes

TeenTech Cities to Milton Keynes

Want to inspire students about the contemporary world of science, engineering and technology? Good news! TeenTech is coming to Milton... Read More
News 18 Dec 2018
MK Gallery celebrates new building with topping out ceremony

MK Gallery celebrates new building with topping out ceremony

A major milestone in the development of the new MK Gallery was celebrated on Monday 10th December, with a topping out ceremony seeing... Read More
News 10 Dec 2018
Inside control tower

UKs first Digital Air Traffic Control Centre opens at Cranfield

Cranfield Airport’s new Digital Air Traffic Control Centre was today officially opened by the Aviation Minister, Liz Sugg. The... Read More
News 13 Dec 2018
Three new business leaders appointed to Board

Three new business leaders appointed to Board

SEMLEP, the public-private body responsible for steering investment and economic growth for the area has confirmed three new women... Read More
News 06 Dec 2018
Cranfield students’ technology successfully launched into space

Cranfield students’ technology successfully launched into space

Technology designed and built by students at Cranfield University, has today been launched into space on the European Student Earth... Read More
News 04 Dec 2018
Opportunity announced  for local businesses experienced in helping investors navigate the UK market

Opportunity announced for local businesses experienced in helping investors navigate the UK market

The Department for International Trade has, this week, invited professional services firms to feature in a new UK Investment... Read More
News 23 Nov 2018
Northern Trust officially launches new £4m industrial development in Wellingborough

Northern Trust officially launches new £4m industrial development in Wellingborough

Northern Trust has officially opened the new 13 unit, 42,447 sq ft industrial development on their popular Leyland Trading Estate... Read More
News 23 Nov 2018
SEMLEP overhauls its Growing Business Directive to help drive regional economic growth

SEMLEP overhauls its Growing Business Directive to help drive regional economic growth

A new single business support brokerage and diagnostic service, merging Velocity and Northamptonshire Growth Hubs will improve support... Read More
News 23 Nov 2018
Barclays and Cranfield University help entrepreneurs take flight with new aviation technology hub

Barclays and Cranfield University help entrepreneurs take flight with new aviation technology hub

Innovation centre for ‘AvTech’ to open in December, with advice and mentoring for SMEs to... Read More
News 22 Nov 2018
Image from 2018 AGM

New Chair sought to lead economic growth and investment agenda

McLean Partnership appointed to find new Chair for South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) The South East Midlands... Read More
News 21 Nov 2018
Netherlands Delegation visits Aylesbury Garden Town  to Review the Cycling Network

Netherlands Delegation visits Aylesbury Garden Town to Review the Cycling Network

A group of 50 young engineers from the Netherlands are visiting Aylesbury Garden Town to review the town’s cycle routes and... Read More
News 14 Nov 2018
SEMLEP 2018 AGM speakers

SEMLEP 2018 AGM presses on strength of connected corridor

Connected businesses, universities and government is the power of the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Growth Corridor, was a key message from... Read More
News 09 Nov 2018
Paul Thompson Employer and Skills manager at SEMLEP

State of construction sector skills published

Friday, 2nd of November, Construction businesses from across the SEMLEP area gathered at Central Bedfordshire College’s Engineering... Read More
News 07 Nov 2018
Velocity Growth Hub Show me Success event

Double celebration at 2018 entrepreneur showcase event Show Me Success

From ‘Cutting the Bull’ to ‘Snaffling the Pig’, small business leaders heard the highs and lows from leading... Read More
News 05 Nov 2018
Work starts on building new £4.75m facility for next generation of construction staff

Work starts on building new £4.75m facility for next generation of construction staff

Work has started on a state-of-the-art new facility aimed at tackling the severe skills shortages threatening to hit the construction... Read More
News 24 Oct 2018
Uniti to create the first fully digitalised electric vehicle production site in the UK

Uniti to create the first fully digitalised electric vehicle production site in the UK

Silverstone Park, October 24, 2018 - Uniti Sweden has announced plans to establish an electric vehicle “pilot production plant... Read More
News 24 Oct 2018
CityFibre announces a £2.5bn investment plan to expand its full fibre network and unlock the UK’s next generation broadband

CityFibre announces a £2.5bn investment plan to expand its full fibre network and unlock the UK’s next generation broadband

Five million homes to benefit from full fibre broadband, delivered by CityFibre, meeting a third of the Government’s 2025... Read More
News 24 Oct 2018
Official opening of Buchanan Centre

Official opening of Buchanan Centre

The official opening of the Advanced Engineering and Construction Centre at Bedford College took place on Tuesday October 16th. Named... Read More
News 18 Oct 2018
Paul Thompson Employer and Skills manager at SEMLEP

Blog post: Invest in talent

Local employers say that recruiting young people with relevant skills and attributes remains challenging. Sound familiar? The great... Read More
News 15 Oct 2018
Postworks online platform

Third investment from Foresight fund announced for Northampton-based Postworks

Foresight Group LLP announces the investment into Postworks Limited on behalf of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund. This mark&rsquo... Read More
News 15 Oct 2018
Hilary Chipping Chief Executive SEMLEP

Blog post: Super-speed pace of change

The pace of change in technology continues to escalate with innovative and exciting possibilities coming forward nearly every day.... Read More
News 08 Oct 2018
Foresight makes £500,000 MEIF investment into Milton Keynes-based  mobile payments systems provider Swoopos

Foresight makes £500,000 MEIF investment into Milton Keynes-based mobile payments systems provider Swoopos

MILTON KEYNES/NOTTINGHAM, 08 October 2018: Foresight GroupLLP (“Foresight”) announces a £500,000 equity investment into... Read More
News 10 Oct 2018
Cranfield University reveals plans for leading research role in autonomous systems and AI

Cranfield University reveals plans for leading research role in autonomous systems and AI

Cranfield University is pleased to announce plans for a world-leading Professorship in Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence... Read More
News 03 Oct 2018
Expandly investment

E-commerce software firm secures £580k to expand

Expandly, a Milton Keynes based company, whose e-commerce software allows retailers to sell across multiple channels worldwide, has... Read More
News 02 Oct 2018
Blog post: Ambitious women are conducive to success

Blog post: Ambitious women are conducive to success

This week I was invited to speak at a lunch that brought together an incredibly talented group of business leaders. The room was represented... Read More
News 28 Sep 2018
Call for business leaders to join SEMLEP Board

Call for business leaders to join SEMLEP Board

SEMLEP, the body responsible for determining local economic priorities and securing investment to support business innovation and... Read More
News 21 Sep 2018
Corby business working with natural history museum receives major funding boost

Corby business working with natural history museum receives major funding boost

A NORTHAMPTONSHIRE business which supplies metal plan chests and bespoke storage cabinets for a number of top UK museums has received... Read More
News 20 Sep 2018
Set your sights on equity investment

Set your sights on equity investment

SEMLEP’s Growth Hub, Velocity, has announced two, new programmes this autumn for small businesses that need money to deliver... Read More
News 19 Sep 2018
TSC teams with England’s Economic Heartland for Innovation

TSC teams with England’s Economic Heartland for Innovation

Transport Systems Catapult and England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) have signed an agreement to deliver innovative transport infrastructure... Read More
News 17 Sep 2018
Cranfield University and Transport Systems Catapult partner for innovation

Cranfield University and Transport Systems Catapult partner for innovation

Cranfield University have become the third university to sign a Deep Academic Alliance (DAA) with the Transport Systems Catapult-... Read More
News 14 Sep 2018
Bedford i-Kan Celebrates 10th Birthday

Bedford i-Kan Celebrates 10th Birthday

Bedford i-Kan, a destination of choice for entrepreneurs and businesses in Bedford, celebrated its 10 year birthday this September... Read More
News 14 Sep 2018
Official Opening of Building 22

Official Opening of Building 22

Richard Harrington MP, Minister for Business and Industry, opened Millbrook’s latest addition to its technology park, Building... Read More
News 14 Sep 2018
Time to Shine at the Biztech BrightSparc awards

Time to Shine at the Biztech BrightSparc awards

If you’ve had a brilliant technology-based idea, Biztech BrightSparc Awards 2018 want to celebrate it Milton Keynes is a city... Read More
News 12 Sep 2018
Bedford Academy celebrated as 'best' for growing business talent

Bedford Academy celebrated as 'best' for growing business talent

As the schools head back for the new year, Bedford Academy marks its achievement as the first school out of 100 to meet all national... Read More
News 11 Sep 2018
UK-wide assembly to showcase Engineers on a mission

UK-wide assembly to showcase Engineers on a mission

Schools urged to sign up to first ever Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly Nine in ten (90%) young people dream of a career... Read More
News 06 Sep 2018
New sports engineering hub to open

Unique 26,000 sq ft sports engineering facility to open at Silverstone Park

Aerodynamics specialist TotalSim has chosen Silverstone Park to develop a new 26,000 sq ft state-of-the-art sports engineering facility... Read More
News 06 Sep 2018
Looking to the long term

Looking to the long term

If you’ve seen the latest figures released from Legal and General in August, you’ll see that they’ve reported &lsquo... Read More
News 03 Sep 2018
Growth Corridor partners unite at MIPIM UK 2018

Growth Corridor partners unite at MIPIM UK 2018

Strength across region at MIPIM UK, 17-18 October, Stands E09/F08/E13/F14              &nbsp... Read More
News 30 Aug 2018
Funding boost for specialist training organisation

Funding boost for specialist training organisation

A specialist training organisation for professionals in the construction and built environment sectors has secured funding support... Read More
News 29 Aug 2018
Driving innovation, productivity and competitiveness

Driving innovation, productivity and competitiveness

What's the connection between Cobbler's Nibble, teacher vacancies and diamonds?    Hear from Emma, Julie and Meena, Gary... Read More
News 02 Aug 2018
Industry Chief and Minister join to open UKs first real driving emissions test centre

Industry Chief and Minister join to open UKs first real driving emissions test centre

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive and Richard Harrington MP, Minister for Business will open the UK’s first ever dedicated Real... Read More
News 31 Jul 2018
LEP business leaders tackle skills agenda with Anne Milton

LEP business leaders tackle skills agenda with Anne Milton

LEP Chairs from England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships met with the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, the Rt Hon Anne Milton... Read More
News 31 Jul 2018
Expansion at Silverstone Park for ‘engineering marvel’ Lotus

Expansion at Silverstone Park for ‘engineering marvel’ Lotus

World famous sports car manufacturer Lotus Cars’ largest UK dealership has expanded at Silverstone Park with a move into new... Read More
News 30 Jul 2018
MK college

SEMLEP's Board awards £5million for Milton Keynes College City Centre Campus plans

SEMLEP's Board has awarded Milton Keynes College £5million through funding available from our Local Growth Fund skills capital investment... Read More
News 25 Jul 2018
£2.25million for new Northampton-based Advanced Construction Engineering College

£2.25million for new Northampton-based Advanced Construction Engineering College

Northampton College has been awarded £2.25million from SEMLEP this month, through funding available from their Local Growth Fund... Read More
News 25 Jul 2018
Ministers set out recommendations for LEPs to supercharge economic growth and drive forward investment in local businesses

Ministers set out recommendations for LEPs to supercharge economic growth and drive forward investment in local businesses

Yesterday, (24 July 2018) Ministers published their review of LEPs which set out new proposals to supercharge economic growth and... Read More
News 25 Jul 2018
Tresham College logo

Bedford College's Wellingborough campus gets £7.5million capital injection

Bedford College has been awarded £7.5million from SEMLEP this month, through funding available from our Local Growth Fund skills... Read More
News 25 Jul 2018
New capital investment opportunity - projects sought for Local Growth Fund

New capital investment opportunity - projects sought for Local Growth Fund

SEMLEP seeks project proposals for new opportunity for major capital investment. In yesterday’s meeting (16 July), the SEMLEP... Read More
News 17 Jul 2018
B&MK Waterway Trust unveils new wood carvings

B&MK Waterway Trust unveils new wood carvings

The proposed route of the Bedford to Milton Keynes Waterway Park is being marked by the installation of unique wood carvings at the... Read More
News 10 Jul 2018
Paula Grayson wins award for work to support young people into careers

Paula Grayson wins award for work to support young people into careers

Paula Grayson from Bedfordshire, has been recognised for her work supporting careers education and helping young people into the world... Read More
News 05 Jul 2018
Apprentice working on project

More employers to benefit from apprenticeship levy fund transfer

In a bid to help boost the number of apprenticeships, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton has announced that from July... Read More
News 28 Jun 2018
EXPORT WEB WEEK

EXPORT WEB WEEK

The Department for International Trade is hosting 15 webinars from 16-20 July to give you the opportunity to tap into expert knowledge... Read More
News 22 Jun 2018
Award winners take to the stage in Daventry

Award winners take to the stage in Daventry

The second intake of students at Northampton College’s new-look Daventry Campus have been honoured for their hard work and dedication... Read More
News 22 Jun 2018
Prime six-acre site now ready for development at Silverstone Park

Prime six-acre site now ready for development at Silverstone Park

MEPC has completed the preparation of six acres of prime development land at Silverstone Park. The land is already included in MEPC... Read More
News 22 Jun 2018
Positioning local businesses for a global future

Positioning local businesses for a global future

You may have been following the showcase of British business at this year’s International Business Festival in Liverpool, 12... Read More
News 21 Jun 2018
SEMLEPs Ann Limb meets PM Theresa May at first council of Local Enterprise Partnership Chairs at Downing Street

SEMLEPs Ann Limb meets PM Theresa May at first council of Local Enterprise Partnership Chairs at Downing Street

Yesterday (19 June), the Prime Minister met with the leaders of England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to celebrate... Read More
News 20 Jun 2018
£6million grant funding opportunities launched to support local projects that help people into work

£6million grant funding opportunities launched to support local projects that help people into work

Today, the Department for Work and Pensions has launched two funding calls available to match fund community projects in the SEMLEP... Read More
News 15 Jun 2018
Luton Culture Hat District

Luton Culture buys site for high quality workspace for region's creative industries

Luton Culture buys demolished site to fill gap in high quality workspace for the region’s creative industries On 6 June 2018... Read More
News 12 Jun 2018
Start-up Battlefield

Start-up Battlefield

Volkswagen Financial Services (VWFS) UK hosts a new competition for Europe’s top startups to compete for unique prizes VWFS... Read More
News 11 Jun 2018
Help shape the future of Aylesbury Garden Town through new website

Help shape the future of Aylesbury Garden Town through new website

A new website has launched giving people the chance to have their say, as Aylesbury evolves into a Garden Town.  The site, which... Read More
News 08 Jun 2018
Government's flagship global zero emission vehicle summit hosted by cenex LCV2018

Government's flagship global zero emission vehicle summit hosted by cenex LCV2018

Cenex has announced that VIPs from Government’s Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Summit will be attending Cenex-LCV2018. Starting... Read More
News 05 Jun 2018
Energy Hub begins recruitment

Energy Hub begins recruitment

The Greater South East Energy Hub is a new organisation operated by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined... Read More
News 24 May 2018
More money to harness talent and skill, and economic growth

More money to harness talent and skill, and economic growth

One of the latest sector deals to be announced by government is for the cultural and creative industries. The South East Midlands... Read More
News 04 May 2018
SEMLEP appoints Hilary Chipping as Chief Executive

SEMLEP appoints Hilary Chipping as Chief Executive

Hilary Chipping has been appointed as Chief Executive, having held the position as acting Chief Executive since January 2018. Hilary... Read More
News 02 May 2018
Aylesburys The Exchange marks milestone moment

Aylesburys The Exchange marks milestone moment

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) and its development partner Durkan have announced a major milestone in their scheme to help... Read More
News 19 Apr 2018
Could an apprenticeship benefit your career?

Could an apprenticeship benefit your career?

Thinking about becoming an apprentice, but want to know more?  Starting your career with an apprenticeship is a great way to... Read More
News 18 Apr 2018
I-worx sod cutting event

Sod Cutting Ceremony marks the official start of i-Worx construction

Works officially began on the i-Worx project following the sod-cutting ceremony on the 16th April. The i-Worx project was developed... Read More
News 17 Apr 2018
DfT approves 22.5m funding to cut congestion on A421

DfT approves 22.5m funding to cut congestion on A421

Today, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling visited Bedfordshire to announce £22.5m of new investment in the A421, which will enable... Read More
News 22 Mar 2018
The National Apprenticeship Show- could an apprentice benefit your business?

The National Apprenticeship Show- could an apprentice benefit your business?

Did you attend the National Apprenticeship Show? If not, here’s everything you need to know. Apprenticeship training helps... Read More
News 21 Mar 2018
What is the impact of an inclusive economy?

What is the impact of an inclusive economy?

Over 100 people took to Towcester Racecourse for an event to celebrate individuals who dedicate their own work to helping disadvantaged... Read More
News 09 Mar 2018
SEMLEP Board takes three college build projects to final stage of funding application

SEMLEP Board takes three college build projects to final stage of funding application

The SEMLEP Board has approved recommendations to fund three projects, through SEMLEP’s £11million Skills Capital Fund, subject... Read More
News 09 Mar 2018
A planning focus on delivering successful growth

A planning focus on delivering successful growth

Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May launched two consultations. One on a revised National Planning Policy Framework&nbsp... Read More
News 06 Mar 2018
new commercial space due to open at Millbrook, Bedford

New commercial space at Millbrook

Millbrook is further expanding its site in Bedford with a new, flexible commercial building. It will offer 950m2 of meeting room... Read More
News 27 Feb 2018
Midlands Engine Investment Fund launches £100million SME equity fund

Midlands Engine Investment Fund launches £100million SME equity fund

Secretary of State Sajid Javid announced the launch of three funds providing up to £100 million of equity finance to redress a... Read More
News 22 Feb 2018
HRH The Duke of Kent opens £8.5m Milton Keynes University Hospital Academic Centre

HRH The Duke of Kent opens £8.5m Milton Keynes University Hospital Academic Centre

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent officially opened a £8.5m state-of-the-art Academic Centre on Tuesday (20 February) which cements... Read More
News 22 Feb 2018
Work starts on site for new 42,500 Sq Ft industrial development at Leyland Trading Estate, Wellingborough

Work starts on site for new 42,500 Sq Ft industrial development at Leyland Trading Estate, Wellingborough

Northern Trust (www.northerntrust.co.uk) is pleased to announce that work has started on site for a new 42,500 sq ft industrial development... Read More
News 22 Feb 2018
National Barometer looks to delve even deeper into the Productivity Puzzle

National Barometer looks to delve even deeper into the Productivity Puzzle

Recent economic data has suggested UK industry is starting to solve the ‘Productivity Puzzle’ and a major national survey... Read More
News 02 Feb 2018
Funding Opportunities for Schools

Funding Opportunities for Schools

There are a number of funding opportunities available for schools and projects that support projects in schools. Below we list some... Read More
News 29 Jan 2018
New Skills Board oversees impact and delivery of South East Midlands Skills Plan

New Skills Board oversees impact and delivery of South East Midlands Skills Plan

This month, the newly formed SEMLEP Skills Board met for the first time to set out contributions to delivering the Growing People... Read More
News 29 Jan 2018
Sector and Funding update - Jan 2018

Sector and Funding update - Jan 2018

Following the publication of the Government’s national Industrial Strategy late last year, there has been extensive press coverage... Read More
News 29 Jan 2018
First Silverstone Technology Cluster Conference to focus on high-tech supply chains

First Silverstone Technology Cluster Conference to focus on high-tech supply chains

SMEs and start-up companies within the Silverstone Technology Cluster will discover how they can become involved in Heathrow Airport... Read More
News 23 Jan 2018
Milton Keynes first city to get Gigabit-Speed fibre broadband

Milton Keynes first city to get Gigabit-Speed fibre broadband

Milton Keynes is set to become a leading hi-tech city, with news that it is the first community to benefit from Gigabit-capable full... Read More
News 22 Jan 2018
Chambers Chief joins SEMLEP Board

Chambers Chief joins SEMLEP Board

Paul Griffiths has joined SEMLEP’s Board in a further boost to strengthen business voice in shaping economic growth in the South... Read More
News 18 Jan 2018
Roads for the future

Roads for the future

How do we deliver a world-class road network ready for connected and autonomous vehicles? Today (15th January 2018) the National Infrastructure... Read More
News 15 Jan 2018
2018 - the year of Engineering

2018 - the year of Engineering

Today marks the start of the Year of Engineering, a Government-backed campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers. Activities... Read More
News 15 Jan 2018
Finance now flowing from Midlands Engine Investment Fund

Finance now flowing from Midlands Engine Investment Fund

Four businesses have secured funding from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund • Leicester’s BCME and Dudley’s Direct... Read More
News 22 Dec 2017
Luton-based company joins with European partners to design, build and launch the worlds first indoor drone

Luton-based company joins with European partners to design, build and launch the worlds first indoor drone

Luton-based film making company Clearhead have joined forces with The University of Valencia and companies in Belgium and Spain to... Read More
News 18 Dec 2017
Where innovation fuels growth on track

Where innovation fuels growth on track

This year’s Annual General Meeting confirmed the continued strong track record of delivering growth for the SEMLEP area. &nbsp... Read More
News 13 Dec 2017
Outline proposals invited for ERDF funding - open calls now live

Outline proposals invited for ERDF funding - open calls now live

Funding opportunities for projects that enhance research and development, improve Information and communications technology or provide... Read More
News 11 Dec 2017
Work on ground-breaking project Catesby Tunnel begins

Work on ground-breaking project Catesby Tunnel begins

Work is underway to create an innovative world-class aerodynamic testing facility in a disused Victorian railway tunnel in Northamptonshire... Read More
News 08 Dec 2017
Epsilon Engineers aiming for Land Rover 4×4 in schools world final glory

Epsilon Engineers aiming for Land Rover 4×4 in schools world final glory

Silverstone Park is to support five teenagers aiming to become the first all-female team to win the world final of the Land Rover... Read More
News 08 Dec 2017
Network of 85 advisers from 70 companies celebrate success in getting students work-ready

Network of 85 advisers from 70 companies celebrate success in getting students work-ready

A network of 85 enterprise advisers from over 70 companies is working directly with schools to improve employer engagement as part... Read More
News 07 Dec 2017
Budget 2017 and Industrial Strategy reaffirms important role of South East Midlands in stimulating economic growth

Budget 2017 and Industrial Strategy reaffirms important role of South East Midlands in stimulating economic growth

The Budget 2017 announcement that sets out Government’s vision for the Cambridge-Milton Keynes- Oxford Growth Corridor and this... Read More
News 29 Nov 2017
£1bn investment urged to ensure prosperity of one of the most economically important parts of the country

£1bn investment urged to ensure prosperity of one of the most economically important parts of the country

Today, 17th November 2017, the National Infrastructure Commission published its final recommendations to Government on the Oxford-... Read More
News 17 Nov 2017
Millbrook

Millbrook Scoops Two Prestigious Accolades in the Automotive Testing Technology International Awards 2017

Millbrook wins the ‘Company of the Year’ award in recognition of the work undertaken across the business in the UK... Read More
News 17 Nov 2017
Luton Borough Council shortlisted for LGC Awards

Luton Borough Council shortlisted for LGC Awards

Luton is in the frame for the highest honour in the Local Government Chronicle awards, having been shortlisted for Council of the... Read More
News 15 Nov 2017
Silverstone Park Commercial Director Roz Bird confirmed as one of Grant Thornton's 100 'Faces of a Vibrant Economy'

Silverstone Park Commercial Director Roz Bird confirmed as one of Grant Thornton's 100 'Faces of a Vibrant Economy'

  MEPC’s Roz Bird, Commercial Director for Silverstone Park, has been announced as one of 100 business people likely to... Read More
News 15 Nov 2017
Central Bedfordshire Council shortlisted for two Awards celebrating excellence in local government

Central Bedfordshire Council shortlisted for two Awards celebrating excellence in local government

Central Bedfordshire Council’s approach to commercial thinking and commitment to driving sustainable growth has impressed the... Read More
News 09 Nov 2017
SEMLEP launches plan to double size of South East Midlands' economy

SEMLEP launches plan to double size of South East Midlands' economy

On  8th November 2017, SEMLEP publishes the 2017 Strategic Economic Plan for the South East Midlands. The Plan sets the ambition... Read More
News 08 Nov 2017
New FREE business start-up programme for South East Midlands residents

New FREE business start-up programme for South East Midlands residents

Do you live in the South East Midlands and have thought about setting up your own business?  Now’s the time to take that... Read More
News 03 Nov 2017
Engineering Units Given the Green Light

Engineering Units Given the Green Light

Plans for another ‘i-brand’ initiative in Bedford have been approved by Bedford Borough Council’s planning committee... Read More
News 03 Nov 2017
Business leaders take centre stage at Show Me Success, Velocity Growth Hub’s annual event

Business leaders take centre stage at Show Me Success, Velocity Growth Hub’s annual event

Peter Thompson, CanTrack Global Ltd, Karen Adams, The Prosperous Shop, David Foster, Halo Coffee and Verity Williams from Travis Perkins... Read More
News 03 Nov 2017
Silverstone Technology Cluster confirms high-profile speakers for Advanced Engineering Show

Silverstone Technology Cluster confirms high-profile speakers for Advanced Engineering Show

Senior engineering figures Stephen Ball, Roger Atkins, Kieron Salter and Rob Lewis have been confirmed as guest speakers as part of... Read More
News 27 Oct 2017
£31million investment available for community projects that reduce barrier to growth and help people progress in work

£31million investment available for community projects that reduce barrier to growth and help people progress in work

£31million investment available for community projects that reduce barriers to growth and help people progress in work Approximately... Read More
News 26 Oct 2017
MK

Guests celebrate the start of MK Gallery’s expansion

MK Gallery held an event to mark the start of its major capital expansion on Saturday 21 October. Guests included Sir Nicholas Serota... Read More
News 23 Oct 2017
SEMLEP Chair, Dr Ann Limb, addresses Ministers about strong track record of Local Enterprise Partnership delivery

SEMLEP Chair, Dr Ann Limb, addresses Ministers about strong track record of Local Enterprise Partnership delivery

LEP Chairs gathered in London last Wednesday for a dinner, joined by five government Ministers, to review the impact of Local Enterprise... Read More
News 23 Oct 2017
Green Light to Launch of UK’s Controlled Urban Test Bed for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Green Light to Launch of UK’s Controlled Urban Test Bed for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Millbrook and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority's RACE robotics centre to launch an innovative controlled urban environment... Read More
News 19 Oct 2017
SBA Director named in Natwest SE (social enterprise) 100 – WISE WOMEN

SBA Director named in Natwest SE (social enterprise) 100 – WISE WOMEN

Recognising Leading Women in Social Enterprise –  Launch 12th October 2017 Reception RBS Bishopsgate London  Social... Read More
News 19 Oct 2017
Research Centre for Aerospace opens at Cranfield University

Research Centre for Aerospace opens at Cranfield University

The new Aerospace Integration Research Centre that will develop and test concepts for future aircraft and airspace opened today (18th... Read More
News 18 Oct 2017
Queens award - highest official award for businesses - presented to SBD Automotive

Queens award - highest official award for businesses - presented to SBD Automotive

SBD Automotive has been formally presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise by Her Majesty The Queen’s representative... Read More
News 02 Oct 2017
Connected cars project aims to end motorway pile-ups

Connected cars project aims to end motorway pile-ups

Government funding towards the development and trial of technology that could radically reduce the number of multi-car collisions... Read More
News 29 Sep 2017
Northampton's logistics leader unveiled as Head of region's prestigious Envoy scheme

Northampton's logistics leader unveiled as Head of region's prestigious Envoy scheme

The executive chair of a thriving industrial estate in Northamptonshire has been unveiled as Chair of the South East Midlands Local... Read More
News 27 Sep 2017
Construction begins on MK Gallerys much anticipated expansion

Construction begins on MK Gallerys much anticipated expansion

This autumn, major construction commences on MK Gallery’s ambitious expansion. This will see the current building double in... Read More
News 06 Sep 2017
First tranche of Midlands Engine Investment Fund open for business as British Business Bank launches £120million of debt finance

First tranche of Midlands Engine Investment Fund open for business as British Business Bank launches £120million of debt finance

SEMLEP welcomes today's announcement from the British Business Bank on the first wave of the £250million Midlands Engine Investment... Read More
News 29 Aug 2017
I.C.A. Conference promoting business growth returning to Milton Keynes

I.C.A. Conference promoting business growth returning to Milton Keynes

Following an extremely successful event in March, organisers of the I.C.A. Conference are delighted to announce the event will be... Read More
News 03 Aug 2017
World-class aerodynamic testing facility go-ahead

World-class aerodynamic testing facility go-ahead

A unique project to build a world-class aerodynamic testing facility in a Victorian-era railway tunnel has been awarded £4.2million... Read More
News 01 Aug 2017
£9.7m manufacturing support package launched to unlock SME potential

£9.7m manufacturing support package launched to unlock SME potential

SME manufacturers have been given a major boost this week with news that a new £9.7m business support initiative is officially live... Read More
News 26 Jul 2017
Millbrook Group Opens Its Doors With New Technology Park Workshops

Millbrook Group Opens Its Doors With New Technology Park Workshops

New workshops now open to offer vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers an ideal location to undertake development and testing... Read More
News 26 Jul 2017
£14.8million funding for 5 projects given the go-ahead from SEMLEP Board

£14.8million funding for 5 projects given the go-ahead from SEMLEP Board

Following the Government’s announcement awarding £59million Local Growth Fund (LGF) to the South East Midlands in March, SEMLEP... Read More
News 20 Jul 2017
New Growth Hub Board member, David Sheridan announced

New Growth Hub Board member, David Sheridan announced

We’re delighted to welcome David Sheridan, to the SEMLEP Growth Hub Board. David has over 25 years’ experience both running... Read More
News 20 Jul 2017
Consultation launched on future ESF priorities

Consultation launched on future ESF priorities

Over 60 participants from the public, private and voluntary sector have come together to help SEMLEP shape future funding for projects... Read More
News 20 Jul 2017
New A5-M1 link road in Bedfordshire hailed by business and civic leaders

New A5-M1 link road in Bedfordshire hailed by business and civic leaders

A new road which links the A5 with the M1 via a new motorway junction in Bedfordshire has been welcomed at its official opening today... Read More
News 13 Jul 2017
Latest funding competition: accelerating sustainable change

Latest funding competition: accelerating sustainable change

Advanced Propulsion Centre drives low-carbon propulsion innovation through latest funding competition The 10th July 2017, marked... Read More
News 12 Jul 2017
Brexit in focus for National Manufacturing Barometer

Brexit in focus for National Manufacturing Barometer

mall to Medium sized manufacturers (SMEs) can have their say on dealing with Brexit in the latest National Manufacturing... Read More
News 06 Jul 2017
£5million invested to support 160,000 young people into work

£5million invested to support 160,000 young people into work

£5million will be invested in careers and enterprise programmes across the country to help 160,000 young people make connections... Read More
News 29 Jun 2017
World’s 1st commercial space & deep-sea R&D centre at heart of RAF Henlow site regeneration

World’s 1st commercial space & deep-sea R&D centre at heart of RAF Henlow site regeneration

Blue Abyss, the world’s first commercial deep sea to space research, training and test centre, is at the centre of a multi-million... Read More
News 27 Jun 2017
Dr Kerry Mashford, National Energy Foundation awarded OBE

Dr Kerry Mashford, National Energy Foundation awarded OBE

Dr Kerry Mashford, Chief Executive of the Milton Keynes-based National Energy Foundation, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen&rsquo... Read More
News 19 Jun 2017
Strong welcome to HSBC SME lending

Strong welcome to HSBC SME lending

Today, we see the launch of HSBC’s £10billion lending fund for small and medium businesses to achieve their growth and exporting... Read More
News 16 Jun 2017
CityFibre meeting

Milton Keynes sets sights on digital growth

As Milton Keynes celebrates its 50th year, city stakeholders gathered to discuss the digital future of their city and what’s... Read More
News 08 Jun 2017
Let's talk growth: Business survey 2017

Let's talk growth: Business survey 2017

This week, we launch the start of our 2017 Business Survey to gather views of businesses on a range of issues about economic performance... Read More
News 12 Jun 2017
Lead the future of our business support

Lead the future of our business support

Can you shape the future of business support for 80,000 businesses across the South East Midlands?  Growth Hubs play a crucial... Read More
News 02 Jun 2017
Crowds set to flock to Towcester for Greyhound derby

Crowds set to flock to Towcester for Greyhound derby

Ambitious plans to turn Towcester into the Royal Ascot of greyhound racing have become a reality – with the sport’s biggest... Read More
News 18 May 2017
Cranfield University

Cranfield University to lead support for SMEs' 'green business credentials'

Small and medium-sized businesses across the SEMLEP region are set to benefit from the research and development expertise of a new... Read More
News 28 Apr 2017
Careers and Enterprise match grows local engineers

Careers and Enterprise match grows local engineers

The Careers and Enterprise Company programme provides an opportunity for students to engage with employers directly, find out what... Read More
News 08 May 2017
Autonomous vehicle funding secured

Autonomous vehicle funding secured

Cranfield University has been awarded £1.2 million for its role in testing and validating a new autonomous vehicle, which is being... Read More
News 04 May 2017
Three top awards for Milton Keynes firm

Three top awards for Milton Keynes firm

A photography equipment retailer based in Milton Keynes has “exceeded all expectations” by being named Store of the Year... Read More
News 04 May 2017
Bumper Easter Weekend for Northamptonshire

Bumper Easter Weekend for Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire, Britain’s best-kept secret, is a secret no more following the recent launch of its biggest ever campaign to... Read More
News 26 Apr 2017
LGF £17m successfully invested

LGF £17m successfully invested

We’re delighted to confirm that £17million was successfully disbursed to Local Growth Fund projects across the SEMLEP... Read More
News 20 Apr 2017
Harrods jets in to Cranfield Airport

Harrods jets in to Cranfield Airport

Harrods Aviation has entered into an agreement with Cranfield University’s Airport which will broaden its business offer to... Read More
News 20 Apr 2017
St James Mill Link Road backed by Prime Minister

St James Mill Link Road backed by Prime Minister

SEMLEP's role in securing funding for the St James Mill Link Road in Northampton has been praised by Theresa May in the House of Commons... Read More
News 20 Apr 2017
LGF-funded Woodside Link is up and running

LGF-funded Woodside Link is up and running

The new Woodside Link road, made possible thanks to a multi-million pound funding agreement secured by SEMLEP as part of the Local... Read More
News 19 Apr 2017
Planning secured for LGF-funded Vulcan Works

Planning secured for LGF-funded Vulcan Works

A £12.4million SEMLEP-backed scheme to convert a disused Grade Two listed ironworks and a number of run-down buildings into a cultural... Read More
News 19 Apr 2017
Photograph of Board SME Champion Cheryl Smart MBE

Board Champion gives stronger voice to SMEs

We are delighted to announce Cheryl Smart MBE as the new SME Board Champion on our Board. Cheryl is the Chief Executive of the Bedfordshire... Read More
News 05 Apr 2017
Invest in apprentices and grow your future workforce

Invest in apprentices and grow your future workforce

Employing an apprentice is an opportunity to invest in your workforce and grow your business – with employers across the South... Read More
News 30 Mar 2017
Students flock to National Apprenticeship Show

Students flock to National Apprenticeship Show

Thousands of students flocked to Arena MK in Milton Keynes for the Central leg of the National Apprenticeship Show, with representatives... Read More
News 13 Mar 2017
Local Growth Fund sees £59m investment in SEMLEP area

Local Growth Fund sees £59m investment in SEMLEP area

Ambitious projects to transform the South East Midlands into a ‘knowledge hub’ capable of competing on the world stage... Read More
News 09 Mar 2017
European funding to fast track rural growth

European funding to fast track rural growth

Businesses across the South East Midlands have been given the chance to apply for a slice of £5million of European funding made available... Read More
News 03 Mar 2017
Plans underway for logistics sector growth

Plans underway for logistics sector growth

Debunking the myth that a career in logistics simply means ‘shifting dusty boxes around dirty warehouses’ is essential... Read More
News 02 Mar 2017
Rural businesses can fast-track growth plans

Rural businesses can fast-track growth plans

Businesses across the South East Midlands have been invited to discover the details of a new funding scheme aimed at boosting employment... Read More
News 07 Feb 2017
Mural goes on display at new Daventry campus

Mural goes on display at new Daventry campus

Businesses, VIPs, students, staff and local artists are being invited to put their own stamp on the new multi-million pound Daventry... Read More
News 30 Jan 2017
Last nut tightened at Skills Centre

Last nut tightened at Skills Centre

Central Bedfordshire College’s construction and engineering students proudly tightened the last nut on the steel frame for the... Read More
News 30 Jan 2017
New funding to drive forward rural growth plans

New funding to drive forward rural growth plans

Businesses across the South East Midlands have been invited to submit expressions of interest for support as part of a funding scheme... Read More
News 27 Jan 2017
Logistics event to be held at John Lewis

Logistics event to be held at John Lewis

SEMLEP, in conjunction with John Lewis, is hosting an event tailored to the logistics sector, giving industry professionals the... Read More
News 25 Jan 2017
Save the date! Rural funding information event

Save the date! Rural funding information event

Rural Funding Information Event for South East Midlands LEP 3rd March 2017 On 4 January Environment Secretary, Andrea Leadsom announced... Read More
News 20 Jan 2017
#WDYT - Digital High Street Campaign

#WDYT - Digital High Street Campaign

#WDYT (What do you think?) is a campaign that helps towns and retailers connect with their customers through social media and mobile... Read More
News 19 Jan 2017
Your chance to join the board

Your chance to join the board

Private sector leaders passionate about growing the economy have been given the chance to join the board of the body set up to boost... Read More
News 13 Jan 2017
Workshops held to drive forward motorsport

Workshops held to drive forward motorsport

A series of workshops featuring key figures from the world of motorsport and high performance technology were held as part of a national... Read More
News 12 Jan 2017
iLab occupancy at record levels

iLab occupancy at record levels

This New Year Bedford i-lab, based in the successful Priory Business Park, is pleased to welcome a number of new businesses, taking... Read More
News 12 Jan 2017
Garden villages to create thousands of new homes

Garden villages to create thousands of new homes

The first wave of garden villages planned to create thousands of new homes across England has been given the go-ahead, with two major... Read More
News 06 Jan 2017
New ERDF calls are open

New ERDF calls are open

SEMLEP is pleased to announce that new calls for European Regional Development Fund projects worth over £14m are now open. There... Read More
News 19 Dec 2016
New Daventry Campus opens to students

New Daventry Campus opens to students

The first students to move into a £13million new college campus have said the state-of-the-art facility could have a ‘life-... Read More
News 13 Dec 2016
A year of change and continued success

A year of change and continued success

The co-operation and goodwill shown by businesses across Northamptonshire has been praised during SEMLEP’s Annual General Meeting... Read More
News 09 Dec 2016
Finding the right people essential for growing businesses

Finding the right people essential for growing businesses

High growth businesses must ‘surround themselves with the right people’ to help them achieve their goals, a conference... Read More
News 09 Dec 2016
Employers discover a New World of Apprenticeships

Employers discover a New World of Apprenticeships

Employers across the South East Midlands have been urged to discover the ‘new world’ of apprenticeships to see how they... Read More
News 01 Dec 2016
£250m investment to drive forward the Midlands Engine

£250m investment to drive forward the Midlands Engine

Ambitious start-ups and rapidly growing businesses will be able to benefit from a £250million Government cash injection to help kick... Read More
News 28 Nov 2016
Boost for region as Government pledges multi-million pound investment

Boost for region as Government pledges multi-million pound investment

Ambitious projects to transform the South East Midlands into a ‘knowledge hub’ capable of competing on the world stage... Read More
News 25 Nov 2016
Find out about the future of apprenticeships

Find out about the future of apprenticeships

Join us for an exclusive event in Northamptonshire and find out how your business could benefit from exciting reforms to... Read More
News 25 Nov 2016
SEMLEP's Annual Reception and Networking Event

SEMLEP's Annual Reception and Networking Event

We are pleased to invite you to our annual Reception and Networking event on Thursday 8th December at Franklin's Gardens, Northampton... Read More
News 22 Nov 2016
East-West rail link represents once in a generation opportunity

East-West rail link represents once in a generation opportunity

A report calling on the Government to seize a "once in a generation opportunity" and invest in “essential” new transport... Read More
News 16 Nov 2016
Project helping to make business innovation a reality

Project helping to make business innovation a reality

A new innovation scheme to support business growth is being launched. Worth almost £4million, the project will deliver expert advice... Read More
News 16 Nov 2016
European Social Fund Open Calls Launch

European Social Fund Open Calls Launch

Organisations from the public, private and voluntary sector across the SEMLEP area are invited to apply for two Open Calls to support... Read More
News 15 Nov 2016
Chance for employers to discover the new world of apprenticeships

Chance for employers to discover the new world of apprenticeships

Employers across the South East Midlands have been given the opportunity to find out more about apprenticeships and discover how they... Read More
News 03 Nov 2016
European Social Fund Information and Networking Event

European Social Fund Information and Networking Event

SEMLEP will be hosting three ESF Information and networking events to provide information and support to potential applicants... Read More
News 02 Nov 2016
Take-up of fibre broadband rockets

Take-up of fibre broadband rockets

The number of people signing up for high-speed fibre broadband, thanks to the work of the Superfast Northamptonshire project, has... Read More
News 02 Nov 2016
Infrastructure commissioners hail useful visit

Infrastructure commissioners hail useful visit

Two Commissioners from the National Infrastructure Commission – Bridget Rosewell and Sadie Morgan – accompanied by officials... Read More
News 28 Oct 2016
To Brexit or not to Brexit?

To Brexit or not to Brexit?

To Brexit or not to Brexit…. Following on from the result of the EU Referendum, Treasury has recently announced that projects... Read More
News 28 Oct 2016
Logistics takes centre stage on Brackmills estate

Logistics takes centre stage on Brackmills estate

Attracting young people into logistics was the focus of a recent business breakfast, with Northamptonshire companies urged to help... Read More
News 28 Oct 2016
Careers & Enterprise employer engagement event

Careers & Enterprise employer engagement event

Over 20 people from local schools, colleges and businesses gathered at Mark Rutherford School in October to explore the topic... Read More
News 28 Oct 2016
Infrastructure vital to ambitious growth plans

Infrastructure vital to ambitious growth plans

Housing and Transport planning must continue to work together to ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to deliver ambitious... Read More
News 28 Oct 2016
Careers & Enterprise matchmaking

Careers & Enterprise matchmaking

We are delighted to unveil the first of our South East Midlands schools matched to an Enterprise Adviser as part of our Careers &amp... Read More
News 03 Oct 2016
£1.25million launched for local businesses

£1.25million launched for local businesses

SEMLEP's Velocity Growth Hub, which offers support, mentoring and advice to locally-based small to medium sized (SME) businesses... Read More
News 13 Sep 2016
£6million for disadvantaged residents

£6million for disadvantaged residents

Five projects worth over £6million are set to help some of the region’s most disadvantaged residents. The Building Better... Read More
News 07 Sep 2016
Cambridge Milton Keynes Oxford growth corridor

Cambridge Milton Keynes Oxford growth corridor

Evidence Submitted to National Infrastructure Commission on the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford growth corridor. Six... Read More
News 25 Aug 2016
Automotive, advanced manufacturing and aerospace trade visit to USA

Automotive, advanced manufacturing and aerospace trade visit to USA

Places are still available for automotive and aerospace businesses to take part in the Midlands Engine US mission and trade visit... Read More
News 23 Aug 2016
Apprenticeship levy - how it will work

Apprenticeship levy - how it will work

The Apprenticeship Levy is coming and the government has this month published further details. In spring 2017 the way the government... Read More
News 16 Aug 2016
Radical reforms to post-16 technical education published

Radical reforms to post-16 technical education published

This summer two key reports have been published by Government outlining a radical reform to post-16 technical education. The two... Read More
News 16 Aug 2016
Capital grants now available

Capital grants now available

Are you deliberating over whether or not to invest in new equipment? Would a grant of up to 25% of the total costs help to sway your... Read More
News 16 Aug 2016
NEP and SEMLEP merge to form one Local Enterprise Partnership

NEP and SEMLEP merge to form one Local Enterprise Partnership

The merger of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) and South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has been... Read More
News 15 Aug 2016
Bedford i-lab Celebrates 10th Birthday

Bedford i-lab Celebrates 10th Birthday

Bedford i-lab, a destination of choice for entrepreneurs and businesses in Bedford, celebrated its tenth birthday this July. Bedford... Read More
News 26 Jul 2016
National Mentoring Programme

National Mentoring Programme

Funding Application Deadline: 19th August 2016 Organisations which support mentoring for young people are invited to apply for funding... Read More
News 25 Jul 2016
Metrology centre opens at Silverstone Park

Metrology centre opens at Silverstone Park

Britain’s first dedicated sub-contract inspection metrology centre has been officially opened at Silverstone Park’s Innovation... Read More
News 19 Jul 2016
Silverstone Technology Cluster launch event

Silverstone Technology Cluster launch event

The Silverstone Technology Cluster report, which outlines a cluster of high-tech engineering businesses in the area surrounding Silverstone... Read More
News 19 Jul 2016
Infrastructure Summit

Infrastructure Summit

Date for your diary - reserve your place today SEMLEP's Infrastructure Summit, taking place at Towcester Racecourse on 27th October... Read More
News 19 Jul 2016
New funding for local community groups now available

New funding for local community groups now available

Nearly £1 million is now available to grassroots voluntary and community groups based in the South East Midlands. Grants are between... Read More
News 13 Jul 2016
SEMLEP supports MK Futures 2050 Commission report

SEMLEP supports MK Futures 2050 Commission report

SEMLEP has pledged its support for the MK Futures 2050 Commission report entitled ‘Making a Great City Greater’. The... Read More
News 11 Jul 2016
MK:Smart teams with SEMLEP

MK:Smart teams with SEMLEP

MK:Smart paired up with SEMLEP to exhibit at the Digital Careers Roadshow in London this week. The event, led by Techmix at the Queen... Read More
News 08 Jul 2016
Plans to make the Midlands an engine of growth unveiled

Plans to make the Midlands an engine of growth unveiled

A new Midlands investment hub, overseas trade missions and extra government funding will see the Midlands Engine firing on all cylinders... Read More
News 06 Jul 2016
Hilary Chipping scoops top national award

Hilary Chipping scoops top national award

Hilary Chipping, deputy chief executive and director of infrastructure at South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP... Read More
News 23 Jun 2016
Universities and businesses pledge collaboration

Universities and businesses pledge collaboration

Cybercrime, Smart Cities, driverless vehicles and lean management – all were topics of hot discussion at this week's exclusive... Read More
News 01 Jun 2016
Driving Future Motorsport Business Growth Conference 2016

Driving Future Motorsport Business Growth Conference 2016

SEMLEP and partners are pleased to be working with the Motorsport Industry Association to deliver the Driving Future Motorsport Business... Read More
News 01 Jun 2016

Silverstone Technology Cluster opens for business

A cluster of high-tech engineering businesses has been identified in the area surrounding Silverstone Park by a new research report... Read More
News 28 May 2016
Chambers of Commerce launch latest Quarterly Economic Survey

Chambers of Commerce launch latest Quarterly Economic Survey

Firms across the South East Midlands can now have their say and take part in the latest Quarterly Economic Survey, co-ordinated by... Read More
News 31 May 2016
Universities and businesses join forces to explore greater collaboration

Universities and businesses join forces to explore greater collaboration

The UK’s first big event since Lord Adonis launched his review of the Oxford-Cambridge corridor is set to take place in June... Read More
News 24 May 2016
European Social Fund call for projects now open

European Social Fund call for projects now open

‘Social Inclusion for Growth' European Social Fund (ESF)  - call for projects is now open   This call invites project... Read More
News 23 May 2016
£3m of funding boosts business innovation and new jobs

£3m of funding boosts business innovation and new jobs

A funding programme to support local businesses in the High Performance Technologies (HPT) sector has enabled £3m of investment into... Read More
News 17 May 2016
Take a stand - Universities Mean Business

Take a stand - Universities Mean Business

Businesses are invited to take a stand at SEMLEP's Universities Mean Business event on Wednesday, June 1st. This event, organised... Read More
News 13 May 2016
SEMLEP’s Velocity Growth Hub takes centre stage in National Growth Hub Week

SEMLEP’s Velocity Growth Hub takes centre stage in National Growth Hub Week

Velocity Growth Hub – which offers support, mentoring and advice to locally-based small to medium sized (SME) businesses seeking... Read More
News 13 May 2016
£6.48million for skills and apprenticeships

£6.48million for skills and apprenticeships

European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency Co-funded Tender Opportunities to support employees and employers in the SEMLEP area... Read More
News 11 May 2016
Competing for Growth – LEPs join forces to boost local economy

Competing for Growth – LEPs join forces to boost local economy

Two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have joined forces to bid for a slice of the government’s £1.8billion Local Growth... Read More
News 10 May 2016
Tenders open: More than £1.8 million European Social Fund launched

Tenders open: More than £1.8 million European Social Fund launched

Breaking news: Today we are announcing two European Social Fund (ESF) co-funded tender opportunities, together worth more than £1... Read More
News 05 May 2016
Local Growth Fund update - leading the way in leatherwork technology

Local Growth Fund update - leading the way in leatherwork technology

Northampton Borough Council is working with the University of Northampton to create a leatherworking centre of excellence within... Read More
News 05 May 2016
Congratulations to our Queen's Award for Enterprise winners

Congratulations to our Queen's Award for Enterprise winners

Congratulations to our local Queen’s Award winners, businesses in the South East Midlands this month unveiled as outstanding... Read More
News 25 Apr 2016
Corporate matchmaking website launched

Corporate matchmaking website launched

Businesses looking to grow, recruit and thrive can now log on to the newly launched Velocity Marketplace website, designed to match... Read More
News 26 Apr 2016
Completed Bedford Western Bypass is officially opened

Completed Bedford Western Bypass is officially opened

A new highway that is eventually expected to carry 20,000 vehicles a day has been opened to traffic, helping to deliver better journeys... Read More
News 25 Apr 2016
£8million European Funding unveiled today

£8million European Funding unveiled today

Eight million pounds* of European Regional Development funding (ERDF) is now available for outline project applications, which support... Read More
News 19 Apr 2016
Universities Mean Business event

Universities Mean Business event

Universities are proving they mean business, joining forces to meet and support locally based businesses at an exclusive event organised... Read More
News 02 Apr 2016
SEMLEP appoints new CEO

SEMLEP appoints new CEO

The man who has led Teesside’s regeneration development for the last five years has joined SEMLEP as its new Chief Executive... Read More
News 17 Mar 2016
Midlands Engine launches Pitchbook at MIPIM

Midlands Engine launches Pitchbook at MIPIM

A £14 billion pitchbook to attract investment from across the globe has this week been launched by the Midlands Engine initiative... Read More
News 16 Mar 2016
MK Business Achievement Award winners

MK Business Achievement Award winners

SEMLEP's Chair Dr Ann Limb CBE DL and National Locums were the big winners at this year’s prestigious Milton Keynes Business... Read More
News 14 Mar 2016
SEMLEP Chair wins Lifetime Achievement Award

SEMLEP Chair wins Lifetime Achievement Award

SEMLEP Chair Ann Limb has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at this month’s Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards. Commenting... Read More
News 13 Mar 2016
Exporting is GREAT Week - two free seminars

Exporting is GREAT Week - two free seminars

As part of Exporting is GREAT Week SEMLEP and its Velocity Growth Hub are working in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI... Read More
News 13 Mar 2016
More than £7.6 million of European funding unveiled for South East Midlands

More than £7.6 million of European funding unveiled for South East Midlands

Over £7.6 million* of European funding is now available for projects that help people into employment and support young people across... Read More
News 07 Mar 2016
Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards - the finalists

Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards - the finalists

SEMLEP is delighted to be supporting this year’s Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards (MKBAA). Here are 2016's finalists... Read More
News 07 Mar 2016
Northampton College launches Digital Academy at SEMLEP funded Daventry campus

Northampton College launches Digital Academy at SEMLEP funded Daventry campus

A Digital Academy set to teach students software and coding, web development, games design and social media is being unveiled this... Read More
News 03 Mar 2016
Skills shortages to be addressed by SEMLEP during National Apprenticeship Week

Skills shortages to be addressed by SEMLEP during National Apprenticeship Week

A gourmet dinner to celebrate apprenticeships and aimed at small businesses  is to take place at the new restaurant at Central... Read More
News 03 Mar 2016
Milton Keynes set to host the first National Apprenticeship Show

Milton Keynes set to host the first National Apprenticeship Show

Thousands of apprenticeship opportunities will be showcased by more than 100 of the country’s leading employers in March at... Read More
News 23 Feb 2016
High performance technology report gains speed

High performance technology report gains speed

Silverstone Park asset manager and developer MEPC has been handed a final draft version of the SQW study looking at the evolution... Read More
News 23 Feb 2016
MK and Northants businesses urged to have their say

MK and Northants businesses urged to have their say

The latest business barometer survey by Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire Chambers of Commerce is now live and all firms are being... Read More
News 23 Feb 2016
Millbrook's multi million pound Powertrain investment

Millbrook's multi million pound Powertrain investment

Millbrook, the leading independent vehicle test, validation and engineering service provider, has announced further investment in... Read More
News 18 Feb 2016
Breaking news: SEMLEP European Social Fund information events

Breaking news: SEMLEP European Social Fund information events

SEMLEP will be hosting three half-day events to provide information and support to potential applicants for the European Social Fund... Read More
News 15 Feb 2016
Congratulations to Liebherr

Congratulations to Liebherr

Congratulation to Biggleswade-based Liebherr GB Ltd who were presented with the BAE Systems Large Employer of the Year award... Read More
News 09 Feb 2016
First look at latest plans for SEMLEP funded state-of-the-art college campus

First look at latest plans for SEMLEP funded state-of-the-art college campus

New images showing the state of the art building at Northampton College’s Daventry Campus, funded by SEMLEP last year, will... Read More
News 04 Feb 2016
Join us and support Startup Europe Week 2016

Join us and support Startup Europe Week 2016

Monday, February 1st, marks the launch of Startup Europe Week 2016, with a host of events across Europe organised to encourage... Read More
News 28 Jan 2016
Housing Summit gains national attention

Housing Summit gains national attention

Housing experts, developers, housing associations and local authorities gathered in Milton Keynes this week to debate the Government... Read More
News 27 Jan 2016
Grow your business in 2016: Velocity Business Advisers on standby

Grow your business in 2016: Velocity Business Advisers on standby

Local businesses can access free, bespoke support and advice from five locally based business advisers in place across the South... Read More
News 14 Jan 2016

Connecting schools and business - SEMLEP launches new programme

A new programme designed to create strong links between businesses and schools and to help young people achieve their career potential... Read More
News 11 Jan 2016
150 housing experts set to gather at SEMLEP summit

150 housing experts set to gather at SEMLEP summit

House builders, housing assocations, local authorities and government agencies are among the 150 delegates due to attend SEMLEP's... Read More
News 05 Jan 2016
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28th July 2020 - Fundraising success to finish Hat Works

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24th July 2020 - Disabled jobseekers excel in lockdown

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24th July 2020 - Zooming into new opportunities

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24th July 2020 - Leadership: What next?

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14th July 2020 - Food and drink awards are finally served up

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7th July 2020 - Cranfield to investigate air quality throughout Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Arc

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7th July 2020 - A top tenant for The Culture Trust

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6th July 2020 - Smarter Manufacturing - Digital Supply Chain: apply for funding

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3rd July 2020 - Beyond lockdown: responding to the needs of sector and places

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1st July 2020 - Zooming into new opportunities

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26th June 2020 - Driving the change towards Net Zero: apply for funding

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25th June 2020 - Northamptonshire Firm Behind Lifesaving Choking Device Receives £70K Investment

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25th June 2020 - £12.2m bid for Future High Street Fund submitted

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23rd June 2020 - SEMLEP Energy Champion celebrated as Top 50 Women in Engineering sustainability announced

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12th June 2020 - RENEW Innovation Centre

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9th June 2020 - Enterprise Centre East Northants celebrates major milestone

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8th June 2020 - Game-changing UK forensic science centre of excellence set to deliver world-leading education and research

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2nd June 2020 - Rebuilding our economy together

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2nd June 2020 - Logistics is under the radar, until you have a crisis!

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29th May 2020 - Another helping of superheroes!

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27th May 2020 - Charities: help us, help you

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20th May 2020 - Beyond lockdown: rebuilding our South East Midlands economy

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6th May 2020 - Virtual SOD cutting signals birth of Northampton College's new digital academy 

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21st April 2020 - From survival to stabilised and moving forward

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26th March 2020 - Enterprise Centre, East Northants appoints centre operator

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24th March 2020 - Chamber launches £100,000 fund to support member businesses

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23rd March 2020 - New Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme opens to smaller businesses across the UK

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19th March 2020 - Coronavirus-Doing whatever it takes

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12th March 2020 - Boosting businesses with aspiration and potential

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11th March 2020 - Coronavirus: Advice

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5th March 2020 - Revamp of Wellingborough's Tresham campus on course for September opening

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2nd March 2020 - Investing to boost business optimism

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28th February 2020 - Blog post: 1 year on, Peter Horrocks CBE

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18th February 2020 - Cranfield University chosen to examine new low carbon hydrogen technology

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14th February 2020 - Air-hockey in the office

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10th February 2020 - Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership Apprenticeship Celebration Event 2020

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5th February 2020 - Sustainably successful

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30th January 2020 - Companies called on to secure future workforce

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30th January 2020 - Inspiration to watch

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29th January 2020 - Topping out at Vulcan Works

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28th January 2020 - £40 million unlocked for Midlands’ businesses as MEIF reveals new loan fund

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27th January 2020 - Augmented reality app aims to improve journeys in Northamptonshire

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27th January 2020 - Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of the i-Worx in Bedford Borough

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15th January 2020 - Enterprise Centre, East Northants reaches new heights

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10th January 2020 - Aylesbury Garden Town Draft Masterplan Public Consultation Launches

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6th January 2020 - 2020 - the climate for innovation

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2nd January 2020 - Samuel Whitbread starts 2020 with excellent careers provision

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