Growth Hub

SEMLEP'S - Growth Hub What is it? and What's in it for me?

Overview

Established in 2014, the Growth Hub is the business support division of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).

The Growth Hub is all about providing free business support, business growth strategies, they help local businesses to identify and connect with the right guidance and funding to maximise potential and overcome challenges.

What’s in it for me?

  • Advice and coaching from expert advisors on a 1-2-1 basis
  • COVID-19 Business grants
  • Business Growth Strategies

South East Midlands Kickstart Growth Scheme

The recently announced kickstart package is to help small and medium sized businesses recover from the financial impact of COVID-19.

In the Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes area SEMLEP’s Growth Hub is responsible for allocating grants.

Find out more about that grants and how to apply here

Funding can be used for sepcialist professional services, to purchase minor equipment or adopt new technology and to diversify in response to the pandemic.

GROWTH CURVE

  • Support and training for local business owners to lead businesses forward and plan for growth using business growth strategies

This is an intensive programme for business owners to strengthen leadership skills to help set your organisation on track for attainable long-tern growth.

It’s all about support for businesses to scale up and grow by providing university-led masterclasses for business leaders it also includes meetings with business advisors and funding as well as business growth strategies.

The programme has been updated to support businesses at this time, taking into consideration the current pandemic business environment.

These masterclasses are now online and funding is still available.

  • Could your business benefit from a one-to-one on business growth strategies with a Growth Curve business advisor – find out here  

University masterclasses

Run in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, Cranfield University and the University of Northampton.

Each provides a different syllabus that is tailored to the business stage and the experience of the business owner attending this is to ensure maximum learning is brought back to the business.

Your Growth Curve Business Advisor will work with you to identify the course that is right for you.

The Resource Hub

This is an online tool that provides detailed information about local, regional and national support options available. This will give you an idea of what support is available for you before contacting them.

The Business Resillience Talkbook

This was created in response to the challenges facing business today, particularly coronavirus and our exit from the EU.

The tool is to ensure understanding on how your business can be resilient and robust addressing key areas such as supply chain, finance and new opportunities this allows you to plan for your businesses future.

Webinars and workshops

These are a free schedule of workshops covering the key topics to run a business, this includes everything from business growth strategies, social media basics to pitching for finance.

You can find the latest webinars here.

Inward investment

Support for businesses looking to expand or locate in the South East Midlands this is achieved by connecting businesses to a network of local and national investment and business support services.

Providing tailored, confidential assistance, they can:

  • Provide guidance on access to funding, including grants and investments 
  • Introduce you to corporate networking and peer networks, trading partners and supply chains
  • Provide you with detailed information about the region
  • Support you with land and premises search, selection and acquisition 
  • Connect you to property agents, professional services, recruitment consultants, training providers, universities, colleges and public agencies
  • Advice on availability of skilled workers and link to universities, colleges, public agencies and training providers

Sector specialism

They run initiatives that are aimed at sector clusters.

Dedicated Business Development Managers, Employer and Skills and Investment teams all work alongside the Business Advisor team to assist businesses in key sectors that are prominent or growing in our area.

These include businesses operating in the advanced manufacturing, food and drink, innovation and high technology, logistics, cultural and creative, financial and business services, as well as initiatives with construction, health and social care and education sectors.    

What’s my commitment?

Since Growth hub is made up of different services the criteria varies.

As a starting point you will need to meet the following criteria

  • An SME business
  • Based in South East Midlands

Contact an advisor to find our more.

Get started

We specialise in providing access to Government programs and business growth strategies to help you grow your business and the region bounce back.

Digital Future First is a part funded EU project; it’s partners (Supplaynt, DBFB and The Learning & Skills Academy) have access to many projects across the SEMLEP region and are here to support you and your business.

Click here to check your eligibility now.

Find out more about Government Support

Although, we have access to a range of Government programs and incentives, you may want to look at the Government website.

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Quick Fact Checker

  1. 1
    What's the Scheme?

    Established in 2014, the Growth Hub is the business support division of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).

    The Growth Hub is all about providing free business support, they help local businesses to identify and connect with the right guidance and funding to maximise potential and overcome challenges.

  2. 2
    What's in it for me as Business Owner?
    • Advice and coaching from expert advisors on a 1-2-1 basis
    • COVID-19 Business grants
    • Support and training for local business owners to lead businesses forward and plan for growth
    • Could your business benefit from a one-to-one with a Growth Curve business advisor - find out here 
    • Provide guidance on access to funding, including grants and investments 
    • Introduce you to corporate networking and peer networks, trading partners and supply chains
    • Business Growth Strategies
  3. 3
    How do I apply?

    To check if you are eligible click here

    • Small Medium Enterprise based in the SEMLEP region (South East Midlands Local Enterprise partnership
  4. 4
    What's my commitment?

    Since Growth hub is made up of different services the criteria varies.

    As a starting point you will need to meet the following criteria

    • An SME business
    • Based in South East Midlands

    Contact an advisor to find our more.

  5. 5
    Find out more

    Please contact us to check your eligibility.

Business Growth Strategies
The map above shows our SEMLEP area

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Looking for TraineeshipApprenticeship Support?

Apprenticeships/

16 yr old and over can gain the skills and qualifications needed by businesses with a combination of flexible on-the-job and off-the-job learning.

Graduate Placements /

Coming soon Graduate programmes last up to 10 weeks. You only pay 40% of the total employment cost which gives you a unique chance to get some serious talent on a project.

In-work Training/

Coming soon Training that will help you refresh and build on your existing skills in order to help you in your job.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships/

Coming soon The Knowledge Transfer Partnership project is shared by the business and by Innovate UK who contribute 50-67% of support to help businesses grow.

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The intention of the Growth hub

Advice and coaching from expert advisors on a 1-2-1 basis
Support and training for local business owners to lead businesses forward and plan for growth
GROWTH CURVE is an intensive programme for business owners to strengthen leadership skills
Helping the region bounce back

Speed up business. Reduce Risk.

Digital Future First is the best brokerage service company I have ever worked with and I highly recommended for all size of companies.

 

Jane Smith  – ABC Capital Inc.

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