We constantly seek to add value to the UK’s SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) economy in as many ways as we can. We do this by working with businesses one-to-one through our specialist business support services, by bringing insight into current trends and emerging theories and by providing innovative opportunities for entrepreneurs to network, collaborate and share information.
This is what this section of our site is all about – giving you access to stimulating business focused thought-leadership and key resources that can make a tangible difference to you, your organisation’s performance, propensity to innovate and to sustainable success.
- In The Press
Autumn Statement 2016 – key points
Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his first autumn Statement today, highlighting that “the government will build an economy that works for everyone”.
Supercharging the UK’s digital economy
What has digital technology ever done for us? When you’re in our sector it’s easy to dismiss this as obvious – but it is worth taking a step back to consider the true impact on people’s daily lives.
London SMEs urged to get digital
New research shows only 15% of the capital’s businesses are online, here are a few SMEs who have benefited from investing in their digital operations.
Services rescue UK economy from worsening downturn
The services industries 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
Are millennials the future of franchising?
There has been a lot of discussion about the millennial generation lately – some of it very negative saying that they are ‘entitled’ or not prepared to start at the bottom and work their way up. But is this really the case and what does that mean for the next generation of franchisees and franchisors?
Twitter's tenth birthday
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.
Budget 2016 – Key Points at a Glance
George Osborne delivered his eighth budget as chancellor today. He promised a “fundamental reform of the business tax system” and a road map for business tax to make the country more competitive.
Creating a digital single economy
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.
World Economic Forum 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”.
Small Business Saturday Supports Small Business
Small Business Saturday is on 5th December this year and is one of the most successful small business campaigns. Run by Small is Big CIC, a community interest company that is not for profit, it was founded in 2010 in the US by American Express.
Positive News for Business Survival
The Seventh Barclays and BGF Entrepreneurs Index examines the entrepreneurial landscape in the UK by looking at levels of activity occurring at different stages of the entrepreneurial lifecycle.
Boost for small businesses as government launches R&D plan
In a major boost for pioneering small businesses, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, today (Wednesday 28 October) launched a new plan outlining how government will make it easier for small businesses investing in research and development to claim tax relief.
Founders face dilemma over right path to grow
Exemplas’ Malcolm Williamson, Commercial and Enterprise Director, was featured in an article in the Financial Times which talked about the most effective ways to grow a business successfully.
BT Broadband Commitments
As doing business becomes an increasingly online affair and digital technologies are used more and more to support small business, Chief Executive of BT, Gavin Patterson has called for “a collaborative effort across industry and government” and a supportive regulatory and policy environment to help provide faster and more comprehensive intranet coverage.
Work Life Week 2015
This year’s National Work Life Week, run by Working Families aims to educate businesses and employers of the importance of staff well-being and a positive work life balance, and how this impacts productivity, motivation and engagement in the workplace.
Study Highlights Business Views on EU Membership
It is vital that British businesses are well informed about the implications of leaving the EU if the proposed referendum on the UKs membership of the EU is to be effective and give the best result for business and the economy.
SMEs valuing millennial talent
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.
Tapping the potential of apprenticeships
Figures suggest SMEs are still wary of taking on apprentices, but with commitment on both sides they can be a boon for any small business. Jill Barnes, Exemplas CEO, discusses the benefits for SMEs.
Business collaboration: work together, win together
Collaboration between SMEs can help drive down business costs and open up new avenues for growth. So how do you reap the benefits of co-operation? Jill Barnes, Exemplas CEO, discusses the benefits for SMEs.
Summer Budget 2015 - the highlights
George Osborne delivered his second budget this year and the first of this parliament saying that “This is a Budget for working people.” “This is a big budget for a country with big ambitions.”
What to expect from the Summer Budget 2015
Chancellor George Osborne will deliver the first Budget of this parliament on Wednesday 8 July 2015 – the first Budget from a Conservative government for almost 19 years.
Cameron in Talks to Renegotiate EU Membership Terms
David Cameron is holding face to face talks with EU leaders ahead of the European Council Summit as part of his aim to renegotiate the terms of the UK’s EU membership before the referendum at the end of 2017.
The Start-Up Britain Tour started in Canary Wharf yesterday as the government seeks to draw national attention to entrepreneurship and boost the number of businesses started across 25 locations throughout the country.
Good News for Apprenticeships
The term “apprenticeship” will be legally protected in new measures announced today as part of the governments new Enterprise Bill.
Queen's Speech 2015
The new government’s legislative plans for the year ahead have been unveiled in the Queen's Speech to Parliament today. Many of the plans will have significant impact, whether directly or indirectly, on small businesses across the UK.
Local Business Week
Its Local Business Week, the 10th of an annual event aimed at driving awareness of the small businesses in your community.
Developing Commercial Awareness Skills
Exemplas has secured European funding under the Skills Support for the Workforce initiative, to deliver a tailored programme of fully-funded training to address the perceived skills gaps that stifle business growth in Hertfordshire.
SMEs wary of spending on marketing
Few small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) regard marketing as a priority, with the cost implications frequently cited as a major factor.
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."
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
Great news for SMEs. 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.
Exemplas Handed Five-Year Export Agreement
University of Hertfordshire-owned Exemplas Trade Services has been handed a five-year contract by the government to offer export support to businesses in the East of England.