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 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.
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
It has been well over two decades since Exemplas first started working with small businesses to develop and fulfil their potential.
Since then, we’ve shared our visionary approach to business growth and success with over half a million UK SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) as the not-for-profit commercial arm of the University of Hertfordshire.
We have successfully secured and delivered over £250 million of business support funding, to benefit businesses through contracts from Business Link to UKTI, Train to Gain to Skills Brokerage and the Leadership & Management Advisory Service. And we have been named as one of the UK’s most successful organisations for delivering these contracts in adding value and customer satisfaction.
But we are far more than a contract-delivery organisation. As a highly successful business support organisation in our own right, we are focused on the area where we can bring the greatest value to our clients and the UK economy as a whole: the SME sector.
SMEs account for over 99% of the UK’s firms, nearly a half of all private-sector employment and around a third of private-sector turnover – and as an SME ourselves, we are passionate in our belief in the value of SMEs.
It’s what drives us to support SMEs. And it’s why we are acknowledged as thought-leaders in creating sustainable organisations.
We are passionately committed to working shoulder to shoulder 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.
Budget 2015 – key points
George Osborne delivered his 2015 budget speech saying “Today I report on a Britain that is growing, creating jobs and paying its way.” “Britain is walking tall again.” The economic environment in which our businesses operate is improving.
Apprentices Make a Real Difference to Small Business
Research has shown that for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) there are real and numerous benefits of taking on an apprentice. In fact businesses experience an average increase in productivity of £214 a week when they hire apprentices.
Long term export support confirmed for small and medium sized firms
The Government will sign new five-year contracts with locally based providers to deliver export support to businesses, Trade Minister Lord Livingston announced today. Exemplas is proud to be awarded the contracts for Yorkshire and Humber Region and for the East of England.
Reforming Apprenticeships – Government asks for SME perspective
The government recently issued a statement outlining the next steps in apprenticeship reform in response to a consultation from March last year “The future of apprenticeships in England: funding reform technical consultation”.
Leading by example
Exemplas is an organisation that understands and believes in the values and passion of small business and start-up organisations.
We are the commercial arm of Hertfordshire University, one of the UKs most entrepreneurial academic foundations.
Our quality assured advisors are committed to sharing their wealth of experience and understanding of the SME landscape. From widely varying backgrounds the professional expertise of our leaders and employees allows us to embrace latest thinking and practice in the public and private sectors as well as functional disciplines ranging from strategy development and implementation to IT and finance, marketing and HR, CSR, sales, operations and more.
All Exemplas people are chiefly united by their passionate determination to help small businesses become sustainable, strong and significant. Many of us have run successful SMEs in the past – and our associate consultants still do. We share a wealth of relevant qualifications, both academic and practical, and we offer a blend of age and experience that’s balanced with energy and enthusiasm.
But above all we are collaborative. We know that we can achieve more by working together – that’s why we view all competitors as potential partners. And it’s why we continually seek opportunities to work alongside other organisations – from government as well as business and academia – to improve the future competitiveness and sustainability of all UK SMEs.
Our brands, services and funding partners
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.
Recognising that workplace skills are what help businesses prosper and individuals succeed, 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.
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.