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Celebrating 10 years of SEMLEP

On 31 May 2021, SEMLEP celebrates its tenth birthday. Over the past decade, SEMLEP has been committed to helping economic growth thrive in the South East Midlands, putting our businesses, places and people at the forefront of everything we do.

From managing a capital investment programme worth £265 million creating 5,529 jobs, supporting 5,523 learners and enabling 4,692 homes, to providing dedicated business support through their Growth Hub, SEMLEP’s programmes directly benefit our area.

Take a look at our history, key achievements and milestone moments below.

2011

31 May 2011

SEMLEP incorporated

The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) was incorporated on the 31 May 2011.

07 Sept 2011

SEMLEP Chair Appointed

SEMLEP South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership is pleased to announce that Dr. Ann Limb OBE DL has been appointed as Chair effective 30th September 2011.

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2012

08 Aug 2012

SEMLEP invests £18m from the Growing Places Fund

SEMLEP announces £18m of investment into the area following the Board’s decision to allocate Growing Places Fund resources.

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2013

27 Jun 2013

SEMLEP welcomes £10 billion Growth Fund

The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has welcomed today’s announcement confirming the important long-term role that Local Enterprise Partnerships will play in building growth back into the English economy.

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25 Apr 2013

SEMLEP Appoints New Chief Executive

The SEMLEP board voted unanimously in favour of recruiting Daniel, who previously held the post of Chief Executive at pro.manchester, a private sector business development company.

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07 Nov 2013

Business Summit: Published first business plan

Over 120 businesses gathered in Milton Keynes this week to debate business issues, have their say and to contribute to SEMLEP’s growth and funding plans.

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2014

31 Mar 2014

Velocity Growth Hub

Our Velocity Growth Hub for businesses in the South East Midlands is now taking shape and will act as single point of contact and support for our 141,000 companies when it goes live this March.

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31 Mar 2014

Strategic Economic Plan submitted to Government

An economic growth strategy for the South East Midlands has been submitted to government, with South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) pitching for a share of the £2billion Local Growth Fund.

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07 Jul 2014

SEMLEP awarded £64.6 million local growth deal

The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, SEMLEP, has today  been awarded a Local Growth Deal of £64.6 million investment into the area – set to create over 4,200 new jobs and more than 3,800 new homes by 2020.

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2015

09 Jan 2015

Minister Greg Clark MP signs £79.3, deal for South East Midlands

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29 Apr 2015

Business Expo: Largest B2B exhibition hosted at the Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey

03 Jun 2015

SEMLEP's business growth support is one of the best in the country

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2016

17 Mar 2016

SEMLEP appoints new CEO

The man who has led Teeside's regeneration development for the last five years has joined SEMLEP as its now Chief Executive.

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28 Nov 2016

£250m investment to drive forward the Midlands Engine

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23 Feb 2016

Milton Keynes hosts the first National Apprenticeships Show

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15 Aug 2016

NEP and SEMLEP merge to form one Local Enterprise Partnership

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2017

09 Mar 2017

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 have been backed by £59million of Government cash.

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03 Nov 2017

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

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07 Nov 2017

SEMLEP launches plan to double size of South East Midland's economy

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2018

DEC 2018

Velocity Project comes to an end

02 May 2018

SEMLEP appoints Hilary Chipping as Chief Executive

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2019

27 Feb 2019

Peter Horrocks CBE appointed Chair of Local Enterprise Partnership

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28 Feb 2019

Energy Strategy Launched

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25 Jun 2019

Making the Connection launched

At the House of Commons on 25 June, business leaders and politicians discussed the growing strength of the South East Midlands economy.

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19 Jul 2019

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

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19 Jan 2019

Velocity and Northamptonshire Growth Hubs merge to form SEMLEP's Growth Hub

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Mar 2019

Judged 'Exceptional' in LEP review

30 Mar 2019

£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 a grant up to £20,000 per project.

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10 Jul 2019

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

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Dec 2019

SEMLEP's 2019 AGM: Green ideas to clean growth

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2020

20 Mar 2020

Growth Hub up business support for coronavirus

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4 Aug 2020

£27.3 million secured to support COVID-19 recovery in Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire

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27 Jan 2020

Growth curve programme launched

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3 Dec 2020

Expert-led peer Network to offer local business leaders critical support

A new fully funded scheme is being launched in the South East Midlands for ambitious business leaders to join a network of 'brilliant business minds' for business

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12 Dec 2020

Economic Recovery Strategy published

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