The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership has now
formally closed as a registered limited company.

To stay updated on the latest economic developments throughout the region, we encourage you to visit the South East Midlands Growth Hub. The SEM Growth Hub also provides free business advice and guidance to all businesses, manages funding and grant programmes and has an extensive resource library where businesses can find additional support.

Visit the South East Midlands Growth Hub here

You can still continue to browse the SEMLEP website, and contact
all employees using their existing email addresses.

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Getting Building Fund

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Getting Building Fund

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Getting Building Fund

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Getting Building Fund

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Getting Building Fund

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Getting Building Fund

East Northamptonshire Enterprise Centre

Getting Building Fund

The Getting Building Fund, announced in July 2020, aims to support the UK’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 crisis. The programme funds local, ready to start infrastructure projects which support local businesses, people and places to thrive.

The Getting Building Fund

In June 2020, the Government announced a £900million investment programme, the Getting Building Fund, for local, ready-to-start infrastructure projects that stimulate jobs and support economic recovery across the country.
The SEMLEP area was allocated £27.3million and was invited to submit project proposals, to be approved by Ministers.
On the 4 August 2020, Ministers endorsed support for 12 projects in the South East Midlands. The projects were due to start construction in December 2020, with grant money to be spent by January 2022. As at November 2022, we can now confirm that all grant money has been spent across the 11 projects that proceeded and the projects are completing with their own funds.

Project selection

The projects were selected following SEMLEP’s pipeline bidding round held in January 2020. Alongside supporting the areas economic recovery, the selected projects are aligned to the South East Midlands Local Industrial Strategy. The strategy set out the priorities and interventions needed to invest in to realise innovation, further improve connectivity and achieve sustainable growth.

Together, the projects will create nearly 500 new jobs and support more than 2,300 students, aiding in the economic recovery of our area. It has been great to see new jobs created and new learning facilities opening in 2021 and 2022.As at November 2022, the programme has delivered more than 250 construction jobs, over 550 new and safeguarded jobs, 1,600 new learners, over 21,000 square metres of new facilities and more than 17,000 square metres of new green space. More details are below:

Keeping up to date

All the funds in this programme are now spent and no more funds are being allocated by Government to Local Enterprise Partnerships for capital investment in these type of projects.

Skills projects:

  • Barnfield / West Herts College, Luton, awarded £4,750,000: This is the largest grant awarded and supported the redevelopment of the college’s New Bedford Road campus, The project was opened in October 2022 providing a new modern 6,000 sqm FE facility, creating learning space better suited to modern courses. It rationalised the existing estate and provided land for 110 new family homes.
  • MK:U – Start Up to Scale Up Programme, Milton Keynes, awarded £2,435,000: An innovation Hub in Milton Keynes, known as the Smart City Living Lab (SCLL), provides education and support to scale start-up businesses. This will focus on smart city technologies including robotics, virtual reality, digital twinning, sensor technology, intelligent infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, drones, and advanced communications.
  • Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), Bedford, awarded £2,900,000: Bedford College’s facilities have been updated to enable it to start teaching Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), funding a new curriculum and the redevelopment of the existing construction teaching facility. In October 2021 the building was opened by Mark Farmer who was the author of the October 2016 independent review of the UK Construction Labour Market Model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’ .
  • Artificial Intelligence Maths and English Learning Platform, Bedford, awarded £440,000: This grant funded a new learning platform which has been designed to improve the achievement rate of learners undertaking Maths and English qualifications, improve the digital skills and improve teacher efficiency and wellbeing. With the project having successfully completed in May 2021, read the press release here.

Green recovery projects:

  • Bedford Green Energy Innovation Park, awarded £1,867,500: Located on a 30-ha former landfill site, this innovation park within the Oxford–Cambridge Arc will generate green, low carbon, clean energy to encourage others to reduce carbon emissions, adopt innovative technologies, and improve air quality. The project was formally opened in July 2022.
  • Electrical Supply to Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire, awarded £3.5million: This funded further expansion of the automotive testing facilities at Millbrook Proving Ground by upgrading the power supply, allowing for more onsite employment activity. This project completed early in 2022.
  • Innovate Recycle, East Northamptonshire awarded £2.35million This project supported breakthrough technology, recycling end of life polypropylene carpet, enabling around 4,400 tons of waste carpet that would otherwise have gone to landfill to be recycled in the UK’s first plant to be developed in Northamptonshire. The project became operational in November 2022.

Place making projects – investments in local infrastructure:

  • GLaM (Kettering Gallery, Library and Museum), Kettering, awarded £3million: Funding will revitalise and extend GLaM by creating flexible work/exhibition space, engaging with educational institutions, and developing a programme of events to strengthen community links. Works are now completed with the opening anticipated in January 2023.
  • Flitwick Transport Interchange, Bedfordshire, awarded £2,219,035: Funding supports the development of an integrated transport hub at Flitwick Rail Station to deliver new passenger facilities, increase modal shifts from private vehicles to sustainable travel and support the regeneration of the station area. The project will formally open in January 2023.
  • NN Contemporary Gallery Relocation & Renovation, Northampton, awarded £1.2million: Funding will be used to relocate and refurbish NN Contemporary Art (NN), an internationally recognised art space in the centre of Northampton’s Cultural Quarter. The project will create an attractive and innovative contemporary public space for industry and culture, complementing wider investments focused on the long-term health and sustainability of the town centre. The first phase of this development is complete with plans for the 2nd towns funded phase now being developed with all partners.

Business support projects:

  • The Business Resilience and Recovery Grant Scheme offered match funding to local businesses to invest in new technologies, plant equipment or machinery to help businesses create employment opportunities. The grants, of between £5,000 and £50,000 were to build resilience for businesses affected by the economic shocks brought about by the pandemic by supporting investment projects that will create a significant, positive impact on the business’ future. The project has awarded £2.688m in grants and has to date supported more than 140 businesses and delivered 182 new jobs and 309 safeguarded jobs.

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