Our Partners

Exemplas, Hertfordshire LEP, University of Hertfordshire

A powerful partnership for growth

We’re one of 39 Growth Hubs set up across the UK to help ambitious businesses to grow. Each Hub is a little different and here in Hertfordshire we take a particularly hands-on approach, working closely with your established business to provide free, impartial, in-depth support that helps you achieve impressive, sustainable results.

We’re the central point of contact for business support in the county, and a partnership between the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the European Regional Development Fund, the University of Hertfordshire, business support experts Exemplas and the Hertfordshire Skills Brokerage Service.

We also work with other support organisations across Hertfordshire, connecting you to specific services and schemes we know will help your business.

The Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

The LEP is a business-led partnership between local businesses, academia, voluntary organisations and local government. It provides strategic leadership with the goal of creating new jobs and making Hertfordshire one of the top three economies outside London.    Hertfordshire LEP

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

Get Growing is an ERDF funded programme that supports non-micro SMEs in Hertfordshire LEP area that are currently making a smaller contribution to the county’s employment and economic growth than they could do. The project will enhance the competitiveness of SMEs and support the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, and engage in innovation processes.

Get Growing will seek out, target, identify and engage non-micro SMEs with the potential to create wealth and jobs for the Hertfordshire economy but which are currently insufficiently growth-oriented and therefore not eligible for national Business Growth Services. The delivery team will provide participant SMEs with an integrated programme of business support through a team of specialist advisers, in parallel with a programme of business growth workshops, backed by individual SME Growth Plans, so as to refocus them onto growth and realise their potential as creators of wealth, innovation and jobs.

To find out further information about the programme, visit our Get Growing page.

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Hertfordshire Skills Brokerage Service

The Hertfordshire Skills Brokerage Service (SBS) is delivered through the Growth Hub. It is designed to help small businesses in Hertfordshire (employing 2-249 staff) access high quality training and Apprenticeship provision - much of this training is either fully funded or heavily subsidised. In addition there is a grant (unique to Hertfordshire) for businesses employing 50-249 to take on Apprentices. The SBS does not directly deliver any training but acts as a referral point between employers and training providers.

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Exemplas

Exemplas is a highly successful business improvement consultancy focused on bringing innovative business support to the SME sector. As part of the award-winning University of Hertfordshire Group, it is working with an emerging generation of SME owners and managers to help them move from start up to sustainability. It develops and implements collaborative strategies with partners from industry, academia and government to shape the future for small business. Over the last 20 years, it has helped over 100,000 private and public-sector organisations achieve exceptional results.    Exemplas

The University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire is the UK’s leading business-facing university and was The Times Higher Education’s Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2010. With an international community of over 25,000 students, the University draws on experience from all over the world to create courses that businesses really value. As a result, it achieves 95.2% student employability.   University of Hertfordshire