Catalysing Better Business
Catalysing Better Business

About Us

We help organisations of all types and sizes become more effective, more efficient and more profitable, summed up in the phrase Catalysing Better Business.  We do this by providing market leading accreditation and risk management solutions, business improvement consultancy and through the delivery of a range of publicly funded programmes.

EMB was formed in 2005 and since then we’ve delivered around 100 substantial programmes and projects. 

In the public sector these include Department for International Trade international trade services, investor development, Business Link and LSC/SFA-funded skills programmes, such as Train to Gain and Leadership & Management.  In addition we have delivered grant management services in areas such as business transformation, rural business support and emergency flood relief.

Linked to this, EMB is a well recognised specialist in securing and managing complex EU funded projects and an acknowledged State Aid expert. We have also worked closely with a number of LEPs in bidding for and running RGF funded grant programmes, some of which are matched by ERDF money.

We deliver accreditation and business improvement services through EMB ExcellenceACM and CCAS, our specialist certification and accreditation arms. EMB Excellence is one of only three licensed Investors in People delivery centres in England and ACM and CCAS are both accredited by UKAS as ISO certification bodies. All provide excellent, acknowledged frameworks by which organisations can improve and optimise their performance. These frameworks include Investors in People, ISO 9001 (quality management systems), ISO 14001 (environmental management systems), ISO 27001 (information security management systems), ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety management systems) and ISO 50001 (energy management systems). 

In the summer of 2017, we acquired Ascentor, a leading Information Risk Management consultancy based in Gloucestershire. Ascentor holds IASME gold status and has a range of significant customers in both the public and private sectors, including the Ministry of Defence and the Houses of Parliament.

At a corporate level we work to best practice standards ourselves, holding ISO 9001:2015, ISO 27001:2013, Cyber Essentials Plus and Investors in People accreditations.  We complement this quality ethos by a thorough customer focused approach concentrating on both the detailed programme components and adding value to the clients, be they government or individual organisations.  The EMB Group is jointly owned by the Executive Management Team and the Chambers of Commerce in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.


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