The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) covers Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and boroughs and districts of Northampton, Kettering, Corby, South Northamptonshire and Daventry.

The LEP is one of seven LEP areas in the East Midlands, some of which overlap with each other or extend into other counties. For further information on LEPs and all the LEP areas covering the region click here.

The following description of SEMLEP is taken from their website:

"SEMLEP is the economic development partnership, operated jointly by the private and public sectors in the area, to promote the South East Midlands as a prime growth location for business, investors and visitors."

In January 2014, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published a map showing the rural and urban areas covered by SEMLEP, which can be viewed here.

How to contact SEMLEP


Address: Cranfield Innovation Centre, University Way, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0BT

Telephone: 01234 436100


Twitter: @SEMidlandsLEP

The contact for VCS/LEP engagement in SEMLEP is Jane Roemer who can be emailed at


SEMLEP has made their final EU Structural and Investment Fund strategy available, which provides detail on how they want to spend their EU allocation of money and which priorities and opt-ins they are interested in exploring. 

Their final strategy, which provide an opportunity to look at where there might be a role for the VCS in the new programme and how the LEP intends to work with the sector to deliver the EU thematic priorities, including the social inclusion priority, is available to download here.

Priority areas

Here is a link to the priority areas for the SEMLEP. Below each priority area is a list of individuals within the VCS who are interested in working in partnership to deliver collaborative projects within the priority area.

These pages were developed following One East Midlands Reach & Impact project, in partnership with ACEVO, running a series of workshops across the NEP area in late 2013 and early 2014 to help third sector organisations, funding advisers and development workers start to prepare and think about how taking advantage of opportunities in the next EU Structural and Investment Funds 2014-20 programme.

If you would like to get in contact with one of these individuals to discuss working in collaboration with them or if you would like to be added to one of the lists email

Funding allocation

The LEP funding allocation for SEMLEP was confirmed by the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills on 17 April 2014 as €87.9million.

Useful SEMLEP resources

The SEMLEP Social Inclusion Strategy and related documents can be downloaded below.

In addition to those linked to above, we will shortly be providing below a list of resources produced by or relating to SEMLEP may be of interest to you. This list will be added to but we would also recommend keeping an eye on the SEMLEP website for updated information.