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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Celebrating 10 years of SEMLEP

On 31 May 2021, SEMLEP celebrated 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.


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 was pleased to announce that Dr. Ann Limb OBE DL had been appointed as Chair effective 30th September 2011.

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08 Aug 2012

SEMLEP invested £18m from the Growing Places Fund

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

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27 Jun 2013

SEMLEP welcomed £10 billion Growth Fund

The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) had welcomed an 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 Appointed 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 to debate business issues, have their say and to contribute to SEMLEP’s growth and funding plans.

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31 Mar 2014

Velocity Growth Hub

The Velocity Growth Hub for businesses in the South East Midlands acted as a single point of contact and support for our 141,000 companies when it was made live in March.

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31 Mar 2014

Strategic Economic Plan submitted to Government

An economic growth strategy for the South East Midlands had been submitted to government. The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) pitched 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, was awarded a Local Growth Deal of £64.6 million investment into the area – to create over 4,200 new jobs and more than 3,800 new homes by 2020.

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09 Jan 2015

Minister Greg Clark MP signed £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 was one of the best in the country

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17 Mar 2016

SEMLEP appointed new CEO

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

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28 Nov 2016

£250m investment aimed to drive forward the Midlands Engine

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23 Feb 2016

Milton Keynes hosted the first National Apprenticeships Show

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15 Aug 2016

NEP and SEMLEP merged to form one Local Enterprise Partnership

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09 Mar 2017

Local Growth Fund saw £59m investment in SEMLEP area

Ambitious projects to transform the South East Midlands into a ‘knowledge hub’ capable of competing on the world stage had been backed by £59million of Government funds.

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03 Nov 2017

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

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07 Nov 2017

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

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DEC 2018

Velocity Project came to an end

02 May 2018

SEMLEP appointed Hilary Chipping as Chief Executive

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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 merged 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 aimed to benefit local community groups

Community groups working in Luton and Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury Vale were 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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20 Mar 2020

Growth Hub 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 offered local business leaders critical support

A new fully funded scheme was 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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