University academic announced as Patron of Exeter College 

University of Exeter Vice Chancellor Sir Steve Smith has been announced as a Patron of Exeter College, becoming just the second person to be awarded the prestigious title.  

Exeter College awards patronages in recognition of exceptional achievements of distinguished friends of the College and Sir Steve joins renowned Chef Michael Caines MBE in receiving the honour.  





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South West tech heroes to be celebrated

Authored by Astley Media
Posted: Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:11pm

Tech champions, heroes and innovators will be recognised at the annual Tech South West Awards which launched on Friday May 1.

The awards will feature a new Hero Award to recognise the contributions by people and organisations across the region’s tech community to aiding the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, from data-tracking work to switching to making PPE for key workers.

Redmayne Bentley Exeter wins prestigious City of London Wealth Management Award

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 03/26/2020 - 10:30am

Investment Management firm Redmayne Bentley’s Exeter office was recognised at the 2020 City of London Wealth Management Awards (COLWMA), the firm was named Regional Wealth Manager of the Year: Southern England.

This year’s award saw a record-breaking number of almost 33,500 votes placed by investors. 

Individual awards were also presented to Redmayne Bentley staff: Darren Hirsh Outstanding - Individual Achievement and Fraser Robb - Exceptional Customer Service.

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Electrical wholesaler is finalist in national awards

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Fri, 03/06/2020 - 11:09am

South West electrical wholesaler Devondale Electrical has been shortlisted in the 2020 Electrical Wholesaler of the Year Awards in not just one but two categories - Best Wholesaler 6-25 Branches and Best Individual Branch for the company’s Bideford Branch.

Devondale has been in business for almost 40 years and has grown to have nine branches across the region, supplying a huge range of electrical products to contractors large and small with a personal service backed by experience and expertise.  

Dawlish rail resilience engineer achieves top professional award

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 02/29/2020 - 12:18pm

A leading civil engineer, who is playing a key role in major works to improve the resilience of the main railway line on the battered coastal route through South Devon, has achieved a top professional award.

Saeed Mojabi, Director of Infrastructure West at Arup, who is Project Director and lead Geotechnical Engineer for the railway resilience programme at Dawlish, has been awarded fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the oldest professional engineering association in the world. 

Calling on the Country's Business Elite

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 02/19/2020 - 11:43am

The National Business Women's Awards are back for the third year and are set to celebrate the very best from all the female entrepreneur and business women that continually push the boundaries to keep the UK at the very top of the business league.

With a glitzy awards final in early July at the excellent Tara Copthorne Hotel in South Kensington, the awards are keen to build on last years continued success. Entrants can enter up to 3 categories from a choice of 19. Entry is at

Best Farm Shop award for Darts Farm

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:41pm

Topsham based Darts Farm is celebrating winning ‘Best Farm Shop’ at the Food Reader Awards this week. These highly anticipated reader-voted awards in the South West, with 100,000 online votes, crown the regions finest in the food and drink industry.

Old Mill named best employer in South West by prestigious industry awards

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 02/17/2020 - 6:49am

South West financial experts, Old Mill, has been named as one of the Best Financial Advisers to WorkFor by the Professional Adviser Awards.

The Best Financial Advisers to Work For is a survey and awards programme dedicated to identifying and recognising the best employers in the UK.

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Double award win for Salcombe Gin

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 02/15/2020 - 10:47am

South Devon based Salcombe Distilling Co. (SDCo.) is celebrating two impressive award wins in less than a week.  In the 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' category at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, the Salcombe Gin School was awarded the highest accolade of 'Gold'. The celebrations continued at the Food Reader Awards on Monday when SDCo. was presented with the 'Best Drink' award.

Award-winning start to 2020 for SW property developer

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 02/10/2020 - 1:50pm

Premium South West property developer Burrington Estates New Homes, is delighted to have been presented with the prestigious 'Housebuilder of the Year' at the Insider South West Residential Property Awards 2020. 

The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 30th January at the Mercure Rougemont Hotel in Exeter and was a celebration of landmark projects in the South West; along with architecture firms, advisors and agents which help turn them into a reality. 

Olivier reaches finals in Food Reader Awards

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 02/03/2020 - 3:09pm

OLIVIER Certain has this month (January, 2020) made it to the finals in the Food Reader Awards in the Best Chef category.

The Head Chef at The Swan in Bampton was nominated for the award by readers of Food Magazine.

He said: “I am over the moon to have reached the grand final in these reader-voted awards. To know that people took time out of their day to nominate me in the Best Chef category is extremely humbling and I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who did.