SME National Business Awards

Local leader to the fore

The SME National Business Awards are delighted to announce that Jason Sinclair, Partner from Queensbury has joined the judging panel of these prestigious awards. The awards are in their fifth year and are open to all SMEs in the UK

The final takes place on the Friday 3rd December at the iconic Wembley Stadium. Speaking on behalf of the organisers, Awards Director Damian Cummins said " We are thrilled that someone of Jason's calibre has joined our panel, we rely on experienced business people from across all sectors to choose winners in these sought after...

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Good Game Wins Five Gold Awards in Taste of the West Awards

Authored by HarryWild
Posted: Sat, 06/20/2020 - 11:22am

Taste of the West, the South West’s prestigious food, drink and hospitality awards, has announced its winners of 2020. With over 700 products to judge across the West Country, Good Game has been awarded five gold awards; Organic Culatello, Organic Lomo, Organic Coppa, Salami and Pepperoni.

Judged by the most astute palates of chefs, restauranteurs, buyers, retailers and food writers, Taste of the West is renowned for being the most respected accreditation for artisan producers, cafés and restaurants. The unmistakable logo is a clear signal for an outstanding product that has met...

University academic announced as Patron of Exeter College 

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Wed, 05/13/2020 - 10:55am

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.

Sir Steve has been instrumental in shaping the education landscape within Exeter and the wider region. Together, the University of Exeter and Exeter College are co-sponsors of both the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust...

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.

The live launch saw the tech community gather - digitally - to hear inspiring stories from 2019 winners, including Somerset-based Your IT Now which provides digital skills for people with learning...

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.

Denis Oppong, Head of the Exeter office, said: “We are grateful to our clients in the region who have...

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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.

Managing Director, Paul Wood said: “Everyone at Devondale is delighted that the...

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.

Saeed, who lives in Bristol, began work at Dawlish in May 2018 on a multi-...

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

Last year's winner Kate Stott from Beauty Booker said ""Thank you, winning this...

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.

Michael Dart, Director of Darts Farm says: “To have been a finalist in such great company is amazing, but to have won is incredible; especially as we hosted this prestigious awards ceremony here at Darts Farm this year! It’s a terrific achievement and we are so proud; not only of the great team we have here at Darts Farm, but of our...

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

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.

Old Mill, which has 74 employees in their Wealth Management team, across its four offices in Yeovil, Wells, Exeter and Melksham, was one of just 13 firms to make the grade and the only South West-based company to win the award. The award process is managed by Best Companies Group - an...

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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.

Commenting on the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, Howard Davies, co-founder of SDCo. says: "We're incredibly proud of this award, it's a fantastic honour for the Salcombe Gin School....
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