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What we do

SEMLEP’s Growth Hub is here to help local businesses realise their ambitions through free impartial information, advice and guidance. We have expert knowledge of the national and local business support available. Using this, we support small to medium businesses with different aspects of running a business, from finance to innovation to marketing and so much more.

Our dedicated Gateway advsiers will talk through your business needs with you, when we know what you need we can connect you to:

  • Specialist business support
  • Experienced business advisers
  • Free business skills workshops
  • Finance opportunities (if applicable)
  • And so much more

Contact the Growth Hub Gateway team to talk through your business needs.

The Growth Hub supports small and medium sized businesses based in the South East Midlands area: Aylesbury Vale, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.

We have recently merged ‘Velocity’ and our sister organisation ‘Northamptonshire Growth Hub’. The purpose of this is to bring our business adviser teams together into one single Growth Hub to provide one entry point for all businesses looking for business support and advice around innovation and Growth. You can read a little more about this here.

December 2018 brought to an end our three-year Velocity project, that was part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund. The Velocity project successfully assisted 1200 local businesses, delivered over 700 workshops and provided over £700,000 to businesses in grants.

If you have any questions about the merger or the new Growth Hub service, please contact us on or call 01604 212696.


Looking to start, grow or develop your business? Call us on 01604 212696 or email and we will take you through our business diagnostic process. Connecting you with the best support for your business needs.


Give us a call on
01604 212696 or email


Together we will discuss your business and get a better understanding of the type of support you are looking for


We will connect you to the right business support for your needs


The Growth Hub is operated by SEMLEP. SEMLEP is a public-private partnership, working to build a strong economy by tackling barriers to sustainable growth and supporting job creation for the future prosperity of communities across the South East Midlands. We bring together the business, public sectors, universities and further education providers and the not-for-profit sector to steer investment and deliver projects to grow businesses, people and places.

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