Making Cyberspace “CyberSafe” – New Government initiative for Cyber start-ups will drive innovation

9 February, 2016

A new programme to support cyber security start- ups will help develop innovative technical solutions to keep the UK safe from cyber attacks, the Government has announced.

Creating a digital single economy

2 February, 2016

The creation of a digital single economy is a central policy area for the European Commission which wants to use it to foster innovation and economic growth. 

I want to make the UK a beacon of UK innovation

29 January, 2016

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid talks about his plan to lead the fourth industrial revolution through UK innovation.

World Economic Forum 2016

27 January, 2016

The 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum took place last week in Davos, Switzerland under the theme “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.  

What small businesses need to know about employment law in 2016

15 January, 2016

With a number of impending amends already confirmed, and several more rumored changes in the pipeline, read on to find out more about key updates. 

UK named one of the best in Europe for job opportunities

7 January, 2016

The UK, Estonia, Norway and Austria offer the best job prospects in Europe, according to a study that ranks employment prospects across the continent.

Businesses support devolution, but there needs to be greater consultation

22 December, 2015

A recent poll of UK businesses has found business leaders are supportive of the Governments devolution agenda.

Small Business Employment Up by More Than 1.6 million

16 December, 2015

Latest Government figures show that employment by small businesses has increased by 1,618,000 over the last 5 years.

Our Mission


Together. Realising Potential. Creating a better future for Britain’s businesses.

A thriving population of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) provides the cornerstone of the British economy. It is these businesses who ultimately deliver the expertise, agility and innovation that drive the UK’s local, national, regional and global success.

This is what inspired the inception of Exemplas and we are proud that, since then, over half a million SMEs have benefited from our visionary support and guidance to help them grow and fulfil their potential.

Using this experience, and our heritage as part of the University of Hertfordshirethe UK's leading business-facing university, we are working with an emerging generation of SME owners and managers to help them move from start up to sustainability.  And this is why we lead the way in developing and implementing collaborative strategies with partners from industry, academia and government to shape the future for small business.

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NEWSROOM

  • A new programme to support cyber security start- ups will help develop innovative technical solutions to keep...

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  • The creation of a digital single economy is a central policy area for the European Commission which wants to...

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  • Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid talks about his plan to lead the fourth industrial...

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RESEARCH & INSIGHTS

  • It is no secret that having effective managers can be a huge benefit to SMEs, yet it is often a struggle to...

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  • When it comes to development, coaching is very much the in vogue term. But is it a passing fad or is it here...

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  • Included in the research were a number of questions aimed at understanding why businesses use business...

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Industry Insights


  • of private sector businesses in the UK are SMES
  • of UK private sector employment is created by SMEs
  • of GDP is contributed by SMEs
  • of UK SMEs export

About Us


It has been well over two decades since Exemplas first started helping smaller and start-up businesses to develop and fulfil their potential. Since then, as the not-for-profit commercial arm of the University of Hertfordshire, we’ve shared our visionary approach to business growth and success with over 100,000 UK SMEs.

We are passionately committed to working with policy-makers, our SME peers, major corporates and academics to do everything we can together to create the best possible environment for the UK’s smaller businesses to flourish.

Our Brands


We take painstaking care to constantly evolve and improve our diverse portfolio of business support and skills services. Each is driven by our passionate belief in the power of expert diagnosis, advice and analysis to guide businesses to sustainable success.

Mainly focused on the SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) sector and often delivered in collaboration with expert partners, our services enable us to provide effective business support and skills guidance at every stage from start-up to establishment.

Business Support

From specialist support for exporters and social enterprises, to creating powerful links with universities, formulating strategies for success and identifying expert local consultants who can help implement them, our business-support line-up is the proven stimulus behind countless business success stories.

Skills Development

We care deeply about helping people and businesses perform better, for brighter careers, stronger firms and healthier communities. And ultimately, of course, for a more competitive UK economy. That’s why the skills agenda has been at the heart of what we do for over two decades. Today is no different.