From the 1st March 2019 we shall be known as the University of Northampton Business Support Team. On 1st January 2019, the Northamptonshire Growth Hub merged with its sister Growth Hub, Velocity, becoming SEMLEP’s Growth Hub. The current projects under Northamptonshire Growth Hub as well as new services will be delivered by the University of Northampton Business Support Team. As a client of the Northamptonshire Growth Hub we would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of our new structure and services. 

SEMLEP’s Growth Hub

The University of Northampton’s Business Support Team works in association with SEMLEP’s Growth Hub, which operates from its primary office in Cranfield  and the Portfolio building at St George’s Avenue, Northampton.

SEMLEP’s Growth Hub offers help and support for businesses who are hoping to grow and develop, through 121 adviser support and workshops. The Gateway team will direct your enquiry to the most appropriate solution, whether that’s provided by the advisory team or an external organisation. The Growth Hub services are available by telephone, face to face or through email. Where referrals are made to external providers we will always notify clients if there will be any fees.

To find out more call the team on 01604 212696 or email

University of Northampton Business Support Team

The University of Northampton is the lead partner in two major European funded (ERDF) projects, Ready2Grow and Innovate Northamptonshire, which are being delivered by University Business Advisers, formerly employed within the Northamptonshire Growth Hub. Both projects run until the end of February 2019 and together exceed £6.6 million in value to the Northamptonshire economy.

The University is also a delivery partner in the South East Midlands Startup Programme (SEMSUP). Led by Wenta, this project focuses on social enterprises and start-ups across the South East Midlands area. The support includes the provision of one-to-one advice, workshops, grants and incubation facilities. Please note to be eligible for this project you must be looking to start a business/social enterprise or have less than 12 months trading history and fall within ERDF eligibility criteria. SEMSUP will run until September 2019.

Spark Northamptonshire is a new service aimed at pre-start SME’s and young businesses within Northamptonshire who are looking for tailored business advice. Spark offers a wide variety of in-depth support and services to make that sure you have everything you need to get your business off the ground.

To find out more contact us at

Inspire2Enterprise (I2E) is the University’s expert support service for anyone looking to start, run, finance or partner with a social enterprise. Our qualified advisers can help you with all aspects of developing a social enterprise, from business planning and deciding how a company should be legally structured, to helping you apply for finance and exploring expansion. In January 2019, I2E has launched additional support services which are available to new or established social enterprises.

To find out more contact us at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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