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First tranche of Midlands Engine Investment Fund open for business as British Business Bank launches £120million of debt finance

SEMLEP welcomes today's announcement from the British Business Bank on the first wave of the £250million Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), with the launch of £120million of SME debt finance, which is now available to businesses across the South East Midlands. Aimed at eliminating regional imbalances...

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New ERDF business growth workshops launched

As part of our business support offer, today we officially launch the Autumn / Winter ERDF business growth workshops.  These fully-funded workshops are for small and medium businesses across the South East Midlands that aspire to expand and grow. The workshops topics were decided by local...

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National SME Business Awards

The SME NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS, launched in July 2017,  were thanks to the continued success of our local SME Northamptonshire Business Awards, SME Buckinghamshire Business Awards and the SME Bedfordshire Business Awards. The awards are directed at SMEs -  the main engine of the UK economy...

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Finance match-making for SMEs hits nearly £4m

Small businesses who had finance requests turned down by major UK  banks have received £3.8million through alternative providers matched through the bank referral scheme. Launched in November last year, the government-backed scheme requires 9 of the UK's largest banks to pass on details of small businesses...

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New Growth Hub Board Member, David Sheridan announced

We’re delighted to welcome David Sheridan, to the SEMLEP Growth Hub Board. David has over 25 years’ experience both running a successful business and providing long-term equity investment to support SME growth. Growth Hub Board members represent the interests of business customers and ensure that customer needs...

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