Surfing Cow Ice Cream on the crest of a wave after winning prestigious award

A company from South Devon has been named one of the best rural businesses in the country after winning a regional Rural Business Award.

Surfing Cow Ice Cream from Holbeton near Plymouth from was named best Food and Drink Business at the South West regional finals of the Rural Business Awards in partnership with Amazon which were held at the Royal Agricultural University and regionally sponsored by Openreach and Millsted Langdon. 

Mary Youlden



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Multi award-winning Cofton Holidays, based near Dawlish Warren, has been shortlisted in the 2019 UK Pool and Spa Awards,

Dawlish swimming pool needs public support to win national Pool Award

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Wed, 10/16/2019 - 5:43pm

Multi award-winning Cofton Holidays, based near Dawlish Warren, has been shortlisted in the 2019 UK Pool and Spa Awards, having achieved a 5-star rating earlier this year. 

People outside shop

The Recycled Candle Company amongst top 25 Best Small Shops in UK

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:33am

There’s great excitement in Exeter indie retail neighbourhood Gandy Street with the announcement that The Recycled Candle Company has been recognised as one of the 25 Best Small Shops in the UK.

The accolade came after thousands of consumer votes were cast, and a panel of industry experts whittled down entries to the final shortlist.

Founder of The Recycled Candle Company, Richard Hills-Ingyon said: “We are absolutely elated to be amongst the top 25 in the whole of the country, representing the city and Devon.

Exeter carers recognised with prestigious award

Authored by News Gathering
Posted: Mon, 09/09/2019 - 12:10pm

Carers at Penhayes House in Kenton, Exeter, have been recognised in the Outstanding Care Awards for Devon and Cornwall at an event presented by lookalike characters from hit TV show The Office. 

Bethany Lumley, 21 years old, began her career at Penhayes House in November 2018 as a care support worker. Bethany won the award for care newcomer, which recognises and celebrates a new member of staff or service who has commenced employment in the care sector in the last three years.

Three SW groups shortlisted for housebuilder's £1m prize fund

Authored by Sarah
Posted: Wed, 07/31/2019 - 5:07pm

Regional housebuilder Persimmon Homes South West has shortlisted three groups supporting under-18s to go forward for a chance to win up to £100,000 through its Building Futures campaign.

The groups have been selected from three categories targeting grassroots sports groups, health organisations and arts & education projects.

 Shine 21 Dorset Down Syndrome Buddy Club will represent the arts & education category at the national final, North Devon Marlins Swim Academy has been selected to represent sport and Compass Disability Services health.

BTEC Award Winners collecting their awards

Exeter College BTEC students win big in National Awards

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:55pm

Students from Exeter College have been celebrating success following the National BTEC Awards 2019.  

A total of nine Exeter College students were recognised at an awards ceremony that took place in Westminster in July. The event celebrates exceptional BTEC students and apprentices while also shining a light on the inspirational teachers who have influenced their learning. 

Exeter College’s Luke Bearpark was crowned Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year with Abbie Densham being awarded Science Student of the Year.  

Haines Watts wins prestigious national award for excellence

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/16/2019 - 4:12pm

Chartered accountants and business advisers Haines Watts have been voted Accountancy Firm of the Year at the annual FDs’ Excellence Awards. 

The firm, the 15thlargest in the UK, has teams all over the country including offices in Exeter and Crediton. 

David Park, partner in the Exeter team, said: “We are very proud to have won this particular award. Our core client base is made up of owner managed businesses, so to get this endorsement from the men and women who run these businesses means a great deal to us.   

L-R: Kate Payne, FSC Regional H&C Lead & FSC Slapton Centre Manager, David Persaud, Food For Life Served Here Development Manager (Midlands) at the Soil Association, Chris Berry-Roper, Head Chef FSC Nettlecombe Court and Mark Bolland, Director of Infrastructure at FSC.

Taste of success for outdoor education centre

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Sun, 07/14/2019 - 6:01pm

An outdoor education centre in Devon is celebrating after being served up an award which recognises its commitment to providing fresh, healthy and nutritious meals to visitors.
The Field Studies Council (FSC) is a leading provider of outdoor education and welcomes in the region of 165,000 visitors a year to its 20 centres located up and down the UK.
The vast majority of visitors are primary and secondary school children undertaking residential field trips in science and geography.

Far left: Richard Fish, ICE South West Chair  Second from right: Saeed Mojabi, Director of Arup, lead judge with Cowley Bridge Junction project team

Devon flood protection schemes win ICE South West awards

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 07/08/2019 - 8:27pm

Two Devon flood protection projects, which were engineered to protect communities and rail services, have both scooped awards at the Institution of Civil Engineers South West (ICE South West) awards ceremony.  

PKF Francis Clark’s Chris Bishop named ‘Emerging Dealmaker of the Year’

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:43pm

Regional chartered accountants and business advisers, PKF Francis Clark is celebrating yet another impressive award, after Corporate Finance Senior Associate, Chris Bishop was announced ‘Emerging Dealmaker of the Year’ in the prestigious South West Insider’s Dealmakers Awards 2019.

The significant awards recognise and reward the wealth of talent in the region’s professional services sector and celebrates the success achieved by dealmakers in the South West over the past 12 months.

 Sarah Daniel from RGB Building Supplies receiving the Independent Rising Star of the Year Award at the BMJ Industry Awards. From LtoR: Natasha Kaplinsky OBE, Sarah Daniel, and a representative from H+H which sponsored the award.

Second national award for RGB employee

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 06/27/2019 - 10:21am

Sarah Daniel from RGB Building Supplies is celebrating after winning the Independent Rising Star of the Year Award at the prestigious BMJ Industry Awards 2019, her second national honour within the past seven months. 

Organised by the Builders Merchants Journal, the awards celebrate the UK merchanting industry and highlight the businesses, brands and people that make the sector so successful. Sarah, 26, was presented with her award during a ceremonial lunch hosted by Natasha Kaplinsky OBE at The Brewery in London.