Coronavirus support: Advice and guidance for businesses COVID-19 Support


We offer free business advice and support services to businesses in the South East Midlands. Whether you need advice on how to access funding, finding business premises, business planning or on a specific business challenge, we can help.

At the Growth Hub, we have business advisers who are experienced in helping businesses at all stages of development as well as specific support programmes, a network of industry experts, useful resources and free events to help your business grow and thrive.

Find out more about our service by clicking below:

Our team of business advisers give business leaders and managers the opportunity to work on their business on a 1-2-1 basis. Depending on the needs of your business, this can either be a one-off conversation or ongoing check ins.

South East Midlands Kickstart Grant Scheme

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

SEMLEP's Growth Hub will be responsible for allocating these grants in the Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes area.

The purpose of the grants is to help businesses who have been affected by COVID-19 to deal with that impact. Funding can be used for specialist professional services, to purchase minor equipment or adopt new technology and to diversify in response to the pandemic.

Find out more about the grants, including eligibility and how to apply here. 

An online tool that provides detailed information about local, regional and national support options available – helping you to get an idea of what support is available for you before speaking with us. Take a look here. 

Created in collaboration with Grant Thornton in response to the challenges facing business today, especially coronavirus and the forthcoming EU Exit. The Talkbook is a tool to ensure understanding on how your business can be resilient and robust in addressing key areas such as supply chain, finance and new opportunities – allowing your business to plan for the future. To book a time to go through the talkbook with one of our business advisers click here.

Tailored and subsidised support for businesses with three or more employees and ambitions to grow. Get more details here and book a time to speak to a High Growth Business Adviser.

As part of the Growth Hub network we with local and national, public and private sector partners – such as Chambers of Commerce, FSB, universities, Enterprise Zones and banks, co-ordinating local business support and connecting businesses to the right help for their needs. We use this network to refer clients to the most suitable support and to inform businesses about wider opportunities such as funding, training, or exporting opportunities – sign up to our newsletter below.

A free schedule of workshops covering the key topics needed to run a business, from social media basics to pitching for finance. All workshops are currently run as webinars - find the latest webinar here. 

We support businesses locking to expand or locate in the South East Midlands by connecting them to our network of local and national investment and business support services. Providing tailored, confidential assistance, we can:

    • provide guidance on access to funding, including grants and investment
    • introduce you to corporate networking and peer networks, trading partners and supply chains
    • give you 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

We run initiatives which are aimed at sector clusters. Our dedicated Business Development Managers, Employer and Skills team and Investment teamwork alongside our Business Adviser 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.

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