SEMLEP Growth Hub and Velocity

The South East Midlands Marketplace & Velocity provide free, impartial business advice and can direct you to the resources you need to grow.

SEMLEP

Location

Milton Keynes & Northampton

Biggest challenge

Providing at least 12 hours of business support to local companies

How Enterprise Nation helped

Provides extra support to local businesses

What is SEMLEP and Velocity?

Velocity is a marketplace for established businesses looking to grow. We provide business owners with business information, business growth advice and guidance and can signpost them to specialist national, regional and local business support.

Velocity Growth Hub runs a project, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, to provide local business with over 12 hours of tailored business support, including one to one advice and workshops or grants to help them succeed.

Before Enterprise Nation how were businesses accessing advice and tools?

Our clients were able to access advice and tools via one to one support from our business advisers and our business support workshops.
 

Local businesses can promote their ideas and get support through the Enterprise Nation platform. 

Malcolm Johnston, SEMLEP

How does Enterprise Nation help your small businesses and start-ups?

Enterprise Nation has provided us with a range of business support workshops and created the SEMLEP Marketplace to enable small to medium sized businesses in the local area to promote their business and be found by more clients.

One success story is Oz from Ozzlebox. He has attended many workshops which have helped give him specific skills needed to improve different areas of his business. Read the full success story here.

Lawrence from Global Cyber Security has also attended lots of workshops and as a result has re-launched his website and Twitter account, with plans for more strategic marketing to grow his digital presence. Read the full success story here.
 

Opportunities

Enterprise Nation took some members who joined the community via partners to 10 Downing Street to meet a senior business adviser to the prime minister. The group included businesses who joined via the SEMLEP Growth Hub. Read more about this unique meeting here.

Benefits to SEMLEP Growth Hub

  • allows the LEP to provide at least 12 hours of business support
  • free consultation calls with advisers
  • a library of content including blog posts, webinars, podcasts and videos
  • an individual business support dashboard access to local events and networking opportunities
  • connections to fellow business owners
  • monthly offers from large corporates
  • discounts on small business events
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