Since 2012, Univers Business has supported companies in their development. The company founded by Elsa Gourbeille is preparing to expand into the territory of the Occitanie region.
Elsa Gourbeille created the Univers Business platform in Béziers in 2012. Her ambition: to support VSEs/SMEs in the region in their business development, with the support of local partners. On the eve of celebrating the tenth anniversary of her company, the founder is preparing to roll out the Univers Business concept in several towns in Occitanie. And aims for national development through accounting firms.
Univers Business accompanies managers from the creation to the transmission of their business, through the development of their activity, according to a model combining advice, proximity and 360° services. For this concept, Univers Business has been incubated for two years in the Innovosud business incubator.
“In concrete terms, our goal is to help leaders from A to Z. By providing turnkey solutions for each of their needs, through a community of competent professionals close to home”, explains Elsa Gourbeille. “Because if entrepreneurs must be experts in their core business, they must also be experts in a multitude of cross-functional skills that are essential to the sustainability of their business. This is where Univers Business comes in”.
In 2012, Univers Business started with a training division, followed by a division dedicated to consulting and the outsourcing of services. On six different axes: trade, management, marketing, organization, digital and quality. More recently, a subsidy unit was created, with the idea of simplifying the procedures for obtaining aid.
Univers Business supports 160 VSEs/SMEs in the Biterrois territory thanks to more than forty partners. “We have been following the evolution of certain companies for many years, it is a satisfaction to be their privileged interlocutor for the growth of their activity over time. This is the case, for example, of a brand which started with us seven years ago, with three stores. Since then, we have supported it in its structuring and development. It now has twenty!”.
Univers Business is also a team of eight employees, three of whom arrived this year. Two new recruitments are underway. “And we are going to open entities in Carcassonne, Montpellier and Perpignan at the start of 2022”.
The Biterroise company does not want to stop in Occitania. It is currently rolling out its concept within accounting firms themselves: “This market is changing and is increasingly oriented towards consulting in order to pursue its growth. To help them in this challenge, we are setting up and structuring a Universe Business center within the firms, with their own community of quality. Thus, as a trusted interlocutor of the business manager, the chartered accountant will be able to go further in his support to the leaders”. Deployment is underway in several cities: Paris, Marseille, Pau and Ajaccio, with a launch scheduled for the end of 2022.
“I have always been convinced of the fact that acting in cooperation allows companies in a territory to develop and build a more solid and sustainable economic model., summarizes Elsa Gourbeille. It is on these values that I started the adventure in 2012 and that I continue it today”.