UK growth forecast upgraded amid warning over inflation

1 February, 2017

 Leading economic thinktank the NIESR expects 1.7% growth this year but says Brexit will hit trade in the long term.

Autumn Statement 2016 – key points

23 November, 2016

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his first Autumn Statement today, highlighting that “the government will build an economy that works for everyone”. 

Government to boost tech investment by £2bn with new Industrial Strategy

21 November, 2016

Industrial Strategy Fund will look to take advantage of commercial opportunities in AI, robotics and biotechnology and get the economy firing on all cylinders.

UK ranked 8th best country for starting a business

14 November, 2016

As GEW 2016 launches today, new report suggests improving the conditions for entrepreneurship by 10% could add $460bn to UK economy. 

British businesses fear they will face digital disruption by 2018

31 October, 2016

Growing use of technology fuels fears of digital disruption in UK businesses, a new study finds.

Supercharging the UK’s digital economy

6 October, 2016

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

3 October, 2016

With new research showing only 15% of the capital’s businesses are online, BQ looks at a few SMEs who have benefited from investing in their digital operations.

Introduction of the Digital Economy Bill

30 September, 2016

Government has introduced the Digital Economy Bill to Parliament, as part of its ambition for the UK to be the most digital nation in the world.

Our Mission

Exemplas has one goal – to work in partnership with like-minded organisations to help small businesses succeed. How we do that is simple. We collaborate with private sector and the Government to provide outsourced expert advisory services to help them help their SME clients.

We understand the key drivers for our clients. So, whilst we’re in the business of empowering those running the SMEs we help, we’re also in the business of delivering solutions that intrinsically link with our customers' strategies. What’s more, we understand that their success is ultimately achieved through the success of their SME clients. For that reason, we get to know each and every company we work with - and their customer base - to create a bespoke and relevant solution for them. 

Latest Updates


  • Leading economic thinktank the NIESR expects 1.7% growth this year but says Brexit will hit trade in the long...

  • Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his first autumn Statement today, highlighting that...

  • Industrial Strategy Fund will look to take advantage of commercial opportunities in AI, robotics and...



  • David Moule, Chief Executive, talks about the landscape in which SMEs operate in and how Exemplas plays a...

  • Malcolm Williamson, Commercial and Enterprise Director, discusses the importance of creating the right...

  • Graham Coultas, Innovation and Programmes Director, explains the importance of using external business...


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 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.