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SEMLEP


A decade of difference


On May 31, 2021, the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) will celebrate 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 it does. From managing a capital investment programme worth £265m,


creating 5,523 jobs, supporting 5,523 learners and enabling 4,692 homes, to providing dedicated business support through the Growth Hub, SEMLEP’s programmes directly benefi t our area. To mark SEMLEP’s birthday, Hilary Chipping, Chief Executive at


SEMLEP has shared her refl ections and milestone moments over the past ten years:


Having worked as a part of SEMLEP from day one, I’m beyond proud of our achievements over the past ten years. From being rated Exceptional in the 2019 Annual Performance review to successfully managing multi-million-pound capital investment programmes, we’ve achieved a lot. As we approach our tenth anniversary, I decided to take a look back


and share our milestone year-by-year achievements: - SEMLEP was launched in 2011 with Dr Ann Limb CBE DL


56 ALL THINGS BUSINESS


Hilary Chipping Chief Executive of SEMLEP


appointed as Chair. -


In 2012, SEMLEP secured its fi rst investment


for the South East Midlands, an £18m investment through the government’s Growing Places Fund. - When 2013 came around, operations began to get moving. With the board and sector groups appointed, SEMLEP welcomed a £10bn national Growth Fund and appointed Daniel Mouawad as Chief Executive. - 2014 was a year of exciting developments in SEMLEP. We submitted our fi rst Strategic Economic Plan to the government, we joined local businesses to launch Velocity, our first business support programme, and we were awarded a £64.6m Local Growth Deal to invest in our area. -


In 2015 we secured future capital investment


to boost our area. Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Business Secretary signed a £79.3m Local Growth Fund deal for South East Midlands. Following this, we also showcased the value of skills development at the largest business-to-business exhibition of the year at the Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey. - 2016 saw SEMLEP and NEP (Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership) merge, with Stephen Catchpole being appointed Chief Executive. As well as big changes within the LEP, Milton Keynes held the fi rst National Apprenticeship Show, bringing employers and students together to showcase opportunities. - During 2017 we brought business leaders from across the area together to celebrate their success


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