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    SEMLEP Employment and Skills Toolkit

    SEMLEP Employment and Skills Toolkit

    SEMLEP has produced a comprehensive toolkit to help employers and business advisers in the South East Midlands to identify support and pathways, and engage with […]

    Foundations for Growth

    Foundations for Growth

    It’s a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s also the perfect time to take a step back, reconsider old ways of working, and […]

    Growth Curve

    Growth Curve

    Growth Curve is an intensive programme for business owners that will help you strengthen your leadership skills. This will allow you to stabilise your business in […]

    Employment Support

    Employment Support

    Regrettably, we are seeing the current situation with coronavirus affect employment in this region. To help people facing this situation, we’ve collated national, local and […]

    Training at Work: Online Courses

    Training at Work: Online Courses

    We’ve collated a list of online course available in the South East Midlands. These distance learning courses range from childcare to logistics, run by local […]

    Wenta

    Wenta

    Wenta supports small businesses to start up, grow and survive They offer a wide range of online and offline services including, business advice, training webinars […]

    COVID-19

    COVID-19

    Page updated: 21 December 2021 With the rise of the Omicron variant and ongoing uncertainty, many businesses are once again being impacted by Covid-19. We’re […]

    Cartier Women’s Initiative

    Cartier Women’s Initiative

    The Cartier Women’s Initiative is an annual international entrepreneurship program that aims to drive change by empowering women impact entrepreneurs. Founded in 2006, the program […]

    Intensive Business Support

    Intensive Business Support

    Are you a business owner in the SEMLEP area whose business has been affected by the pandemic? Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who have been […]

    SME Climate Hub

    SME Climate Hub

    A business opportunity like no other Businesses of all sizes around the UK are committing to do their bit to cut carbon emissions and protect […]

    University of Northampton business support team

    University of Northampton business support team

    The business support team offers a wide range of business support services to Northamptonshire. Their team of experienced, accredited advisers can provide advice and guidance […]

    ALPHAS

    ALPHAS

    Looking for specialist support or training to solve a business growth or recovery challenge? The ALPHAS project seeks to create a conduit for Knowledge Exchange […]

    GOV.UK: Write a Business Plan

    GOV.UK: Write a Business Plan

    A business plan is a written document that describes your business. It covers objectives, strategies, sales, marketing and financial forecasts. A business plan helps you […]

    Low Carbon Workspaces

    Low Carbon Workspaces

    Low Carbon Workspaces offers small and medium-sized businesses in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover […]

    Skills Support for Redundancy

    Skills Support for Redundancy

    Skills Support for Redundancy offers funded training to support individuals who are facing redundancy in small and medium-sized businesses. Skills Support for Redundancy is delivered […]

    OpenLearn

    OpenLearn

    Want to develop a new skill to help you get your dream job? Or maybe you want to dig deeper into something you’ve already discovered? […]

    FutureLearn

    FutureLearn

    FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time […]

    The Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Service

    The Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Service

    The Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Service (BESS) provides opportunities for residents in Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough to learn in the community. Courses provide learning […]

    Luton Adult Learning

    Luton Adult Learning

    Luton’s Adult Learning programme aims to make all learning accessible and relevant while being an enjoyable and stimulating experience for all of Luton’s citizens, communities […]

    Department of International Trade

    Department of International Trade

    The Department of International Trade (DIT) helps UK businesses find international opportunities. DIT offers a range of fully funded services to businesses. Who can benefit?  […]

    Northamptonshire Adult Learning

    Northamptonshire Adult Learning

    The Northamptonshire Adult Learning programme aims to support residents to get a good start and be well prepared for the next stage in their learning, […]

    Serco Employment, Skills and Enterprise

    Serco Employment, Skills and Enterprise

    Serco delivers a comprehensive range of skills, training and enterprise support programmes on behalf of local and central governments. Their capabilities include vocational training and […]

    Help to Grow: Digital

    Help to Grow: Digital

    Small businesses can get free, impartial advice on how technology can boost their performance through a new online platform. Eligible businesses will also be able […]

    Start-Up Support Luton

    Start-Up Support Luton

    A range of resources for businesses looking to open in the Luton Borough area. Who can benefit?  People looking to open a business in the […]

    Manufacturing Growth Programme

    Manufacturing Growth Programme

    The Manufacturing Growth Programme supports SME Manufacturing to grow by identifying, understanding and removing barriers to growth. When enrolled, businesses will benefit from a comprehensive […]

    University of Bedfordshire Productivity Programme

    University of Bedfordshire Productivity Programme

    The new Productivity Programmes, delivered by the University of Bedfordshire in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council will support ambitious local businesses […]

    NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator

    NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator

    The NatWest Accelerator supports and empowers UK entrepreneurs to scale their businesses to the next level. The free Accelerator programmes specialising in High Growth, Climate, […]

    Recovery Loan Scheme

    Recovery Loan Scheme

    The Recovery Loan Scheme has been put in place to allow small and medium sized businesses to access loans and other kinds of finance once […]

    NatWest Business Builder

    NatWest Business Builder

    NatWest Business Builder is a digital tool designed to give you the right support, at the right time for you and your business. Whether you […]

    Eagle Labs

    Eagle Labs

    Barclays Eagle Labs is on a mission to support the UK’s entrepreneurial Community. When under-used Barclays spaces became available in 2015, Barclays decided to repurpose […]

    Invest Milton Keynes

    Invest Milton Keynes

    The team at Invest Milton Keynes can provide information on expanding your business within the city, or give help and support if you are looking […]

    SEMLEP’s Rural Group

    SEMLEP’s Rural Group

    To help amplify the voices of rural businesses, SEMLEP created the rural group. The group is formed of rural representatives from the public, private, and […]

    Start Up Loans

    Start Up Loans

    A subsidiary of the British Business Bank, delivering the Government’s Start Up Loans programme. The programme provides finance and support for businesses that struggle to […]

    Healthy Workplace Standards

    Healthy Workplace Standards

    Employees are a businesses’ best asset and there has never been a more important time to prioritise workplace health and wellbeing.   Promoting a happy, […]

    Midlands Engine Investment Fund

    Midlands Engine Investment Fund

    A collaboration between the British Business Bank and 10 Local Enterprise Partnerships, including SEMLEP, MEIF provides over £250m of investment to boost small and medium […]

    Invest in Women Hub

    Invest in Women Hub

    Business networks divide on gender and historically substantially more men have been entrepreneurs and investors. As a result, women are often excluded from critical business […]

    ICAEW Business Advice Service

    ICAEW Business Advice Service

    The ICAEW Business Advice Service (BAS) provides a free initial consultation for any small or medium sized business with one of over 3,000 registered chartered […]

    Enterprise Nation

    Enterprise Nation

    Working out how to start and grow a business can be tough at times. That’s where we come in. Enterprise Nation is a vibrant community […]

    Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce

    Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce

    The Chamber’s membership includes approximately 1300 local businesses who benefit from a range of services designed to engage, protect and connect the local business community. […]

    Innovation Bridges

    Innovation Bridges

    The part-funded ERDF Innovation Bridges programme offers an initial fully funded academic consultancy, there is then available a part funded substantial grant element (up to […]

    Productivity Escalator

    Productivity Escalator

    The part-funded ERDF Productivity Escalator programme will help SMEs from the SEMLEP area to do more online or with digital technology, thus improving their productivity, […]

    Medilink Midlands

    Medilink Midlands

    Medilink EM is the East Midlands life science industry association whose aim is to help companies establish, develop and grow. Its network of more than […]

    JobHelp

    JobHelp

    Information and resources to help you find job opportunities in a wide range of sectors, including the NHS, adult social care, retail, food production and […]

    Digital Future First Business Advice Service

    Digital Future First Business Advice Service

    “Digital Future First” provides access to Small Business Grants and works with employers to identify their skills needs, demonstrate additionality and innovative new nature of […]

    Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire

    Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire

    Libraries are not just full of books. They are full of ideas. As part of the British Library National Network the Business & IP Centre […]

    University of Northampton

    University of Northampton

    The University of Northampton (UoN) are one of the youngest universities in the UK but are already leading the way in adding value to society, […]

    University of Bedfordshire

    University of Bedfordshire

    The University of Bedfordshire is proud to be an internationally recognised and award winning institution with a heritage of quality education going back more than […]

    Aerospace Unlocking Potential

    Aerospace Unlocking Potential

    Aerospace Unlocking Potential (Aerospace UP) aims to support the aerospace supply chain in the Midlands by helping to unlock its innovation potential. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered […]

    Small Business Commissioner

    Small Business Commissioner

    The Small Business Commissioner (SBC) is an independent public body set up by Government under the Enterprise Act 2016 to tackle late payment and unfavourable […]

    Mental Health and Wellbeing

    Mental Health and Wellbeing

    As a result of the stressful and uncertain times that we have undergone recently, and continue to experience, the need to consider the mental wellbeing […]

    ACAS Helpline

    ACAS Helpline

    Employers and small businesses can get free, independent and impartial advice on workplace issues. The helpline service for employers and small businesses is via Facebook […]

    Mental Health at Work eLearning courses

    Mental Health at Work eLearning courses

    Advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Increase understanding of mental health within your […]

    UKCA Marking

    UKCA Marking

    Overview of the UKCA marking and when it applies. Overview of the types of businesses affected. Using the UKCA marking in Great Britain and its […]

    Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)

    Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)

    At DASA, we find and fund exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity by helping Innovators grow […]

    Kick Start Business Support Programme

    Kick Start Business Support Programme

    Access our dedicated programme of support for start-ups and SMEs. Open to all business owners, especially those in the first years of trading, our Kick Start programme […]

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK

    The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme operates nationally throughout the United Kingdom. Applications are now open for National Cohort 17, commencing in autumn 2022. https://www.goldmansachs.com/citizenship/10000-small-businesses/UK/index.html […]

    Tax reliefs available for innovative companies

    Tax reliefs available for innovative companies

    A summary of tax reliefs available for innovative companies: contacts and guidance information provided by HM Revenue and Customs Please note that this information is […]

    SEMLEP Apprenticeship Guide

    SEMLEP Apprenticeship Guide

    SEMLEP has produced a brief guide to apprenticeships for businesses considering taking on an apprentice. This covers: What an apprenticeship is What they involve The […]

    MK Community Foundation

    MK Community Foundation

    MK Community Foundation is a leading grant-making charity sending funding where it’s needed most in Milton Keynes. We are sending funding where it is needed […]

    Help to Grow: Management course

    Help to Grow: Management course

    Join 30,000 senior leaders taking part in a practical management training programme, developed in collaboration with industry and delivered by world-class business schools, accredited by […]

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