The benefits of collaboration

27 August, 2015

Siloing is regularly identified as one of the main barriers businesses face to innovation and growth. 


Technology can solve the productivity puzzle

19 August, 2015

If we want to get British productivity back on track and boost the economy, we need to educate firms as to how the internet can unchain them. 

Recruiting skilled staff is a growing challenge for exporters

18 August, 2015

Finding skilled staff is a real challenge for British exporters according to the latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook from DHL and the British Chambers of Commerce.

SMEs valuing millennial talent

24 August, 2015

Almost nine in ten (86%) small and medium enterprises (SMEs) say their growth relies on an ability to recruit millennial talent, research from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has found. 

Employee engagement

15 August, 2015

According to a recent worldwide study by Gallup, only 13 percent of employees feel engaged at work.

Second round of ERDF calls go live

12 August, 2015

Local firms across the country will benefit from £2.6 billion funding that will help create jobs and boost skills. 

Education and Business – Bridging the Gap for Future Economic Growth

3 August, 2015

According to a recent survey it is often businesses themselves who have to make up skills gaps when they can’t find skilled staff.

Creating an enterprise education system

5 August, 2015

It’s encouraging to see that young people are drawn towards entrepreneurship. Indeed, research shows that 15% of undergraduates plan to start their own business after graduation.

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 Hertfordshire Group of Companies, 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.

Latest Updates


  • With Small Business Advice Week upon us, The Guardian discusses the risks of intellectual property theft and...

  • The government are setting an ambitious target that £1 in every £3 government spends will be with...

  • We’ve moved quickly in this Parliament to a position of ‘when, not if’ regarding the...



  • Siloing is regularly identified as one of the main barriers businesses face to innovation and growth.

  • A growing number of small businesses are beginning to recognize the importance of adopting a more digital...

  • According to a recent worldwide study by Gallup, only 13 percent of employees feel engaged at work.


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.