Should British businesses invest more in Research and Development?

20 May, 2016

Research and development plays a crucial role in driving business growth. When businesses are able to innovate products and services, organisations can better serve existing customers and attract new ones.

The Exemplas Index

20 May, 2016

The Winter/Spring Exemplas Index is the second in a series of reports, which highlights the findings of our research into the support needs and preferences of small business.

Services rescue UK economy from worsening downturn

4 May, 2016

The services industries, once again, have come to the rescue of the British economy. In the first quarter of this year, output fell in manufacturing, construction, agriculture and from the North Sea oil and gas fields.

UK businesses are set to be at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution

21 April, 2016

The EU Commission has published details on how businesses across the EU, including those in the UK, can get better access to the technologies that will help them to modernise.

Businesses will invest in technology this year

11 April, 2016

Transforming into digital has never been an easy task for businesses, but they’re ready to take the challenge on and confront the obstacles that are standing in their way.

Are millennials the future of franchising?

6 April, 2016

With young people really beginning to make their mark as franchisees, the bfa’s Cathryn Hayes looks at how the industry needs to adapt. Source: startups.co.uk, 2016. 

Twitter's tenth birthday

23 March, 2016

Having celebrated the tenth birthday of Twitter this week, it is worth stepping back and looking at the influence of the social media tool on the way we communicate online.

UK businesses are becoming more innovative

21 March, 2016

More UK businesses are coming up with new ideas and launching new products, according to a Government Study. 

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

  • Research and development (R&D) plays a crucial role in driving business growth. When businesses are able...

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  • The services industries have come to the rescue of the British economy. In the first quarter of this...

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  • The EU Commission has published details on how businesses across the EU, including those in the UK, can get...

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RESEARCH & INSIGHTS

  • The Winter/Spring Exemplas Index is the second in a series of reports, which highlights the findings of...

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  •  A survey of over 18,000 academics in the UK, published by the National Centre for Universities and...

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  • 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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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.