People welcomed back into city centre as pubs and restaurants reopen

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 8:34pm

City Council Leader Phil Bialyk has welcomed people back into the city as a number of restaurants and bars open up for the first time since ‘lockdown’.

But the Leader has urged people to be sensible and vigilant in an attempt to stop a second wave, as well as be patient, as some businesses are not ready to open.

The City Council has been at the heart of work to ensure the city centre returns to some form of normality following the pandemic.

The Council has been working with partners in the public and private sector as part of a City Centre Recovery Group which...

Amazon and Enterprise Nation launch Small Business Accelerator

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 06/29/2020 - 12:45pm

Amazon and Enterprise Nation, the small business support network, are launching the Amazon Small Business Accelerator, a major support package for more than 200,000 small businesses and startups across the UK. The Amazon Delivery Station in Exeter is encouraging businesses across Devon to sign up for the free programme.

In response to COVID-19 and the impact of the economic lockdown on small businesses, the Amazon Small Business Accelerator will launch with a free online training programme to help 200,000 businesses at every stage. From today, businesses can take a quick online...

Cardyard: Giftcard Technology Company Pivots from Plastic in COVID-19

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 06/25/2020 - 11:08am

The UK’s number one gift-card exchange platform, Exeter-based Cardyard, has used the COVID-19 crisis to push ahead on major changes to support near-instant delivery, consumer safety, and less handling of plastic cards.

The company, that buys and sells second-user giftcards at discounted rates, has now launched their service so supplies of physical plastic cards are switched into digital vouchers for use online and in-store when trading gift cards online

This was a planned upgrade for 2021/2, and the safety implications for handling plastic (where COVID-19 virus may...

Devon is in a good position to welcome back visitors

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 - 11:42pm

Devon is in a good position to start welcoming back visitors from July 4th in line with the Government’s target providing the low trend in Covid-19 cases continues.

John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council, one of England’s 11 Beacon Councils who will be leading the future local management of Covid-19 in partnership with the Government, said: “All the evidence from our Public Health experts shows that because we were able to get an early grip on the virus Devon continues to have one of the lowest rates of Covid-19 cases in the country.

“Thanks to a brilliant Team Devon...

Staying safe: Local firm adapts to marketplace changes

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 - 10:56am

Southwest company SSG Training and Consultancy have had a very busy 12 weeks – keeping local delegates trained and helping many local businesses return to work.

Not unlike many other companies, SSG had to quickly adapt when COVID-19 meant training venues closed their doors in March. SSG understood the need to broaden their service delivery to meet the needs of a changing environment. This included the provision of online training to help those working from home or remotely to still meet their training needs and to allow companies to return to work with a skilled and informed team...

Exeter manufacturer secures £9 million from HSBC UK to diversify during Covid-19

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 06/22/2020 - 11:18am

The UK’s first and only manufacturer of aluminium composite panels (ACPs) has secured a £9 million finance facility from HSBC UK to diversify its product range, move into new markets and safeguard the future of the business amid the coronavirus crisis.

Multipanel UK, which is based in Exeter and typically makes ACPs for industries such as sign making, exhibition stand design and architecture, has used the funding to make changes to its core product to meet demand from other industries for screen materials that can be used in shops, offices and leisure facilities. The funding was...

Two local firms are collaborating to help industries across all sectors gear up for the ‘new normal’ and get back to business

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:28pm

Diversifying from their normal product ranges, long established family businesses Exeter based Aspect Windows and Stalite Signs are pooling skills and resources to meet a national demand for safety screens for use in office and leisure premises.

With a worldwide shortage of the clear Perspex used in safety screens, the two companies have come up with the Office Guardian range of Covid-19 protection screening to support social distancing and minimise transmission rates within the workplace.

From desk dividers to portable free standing screens, the Office Guardian product...

Live Business Summit for SMEs

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 06/12/2020 - 6:18pm

Recovery after lockdown is the topic of a live business summit launched for South West SMEs.

Business leaders will hear from a panel of experts, as they discuss the key actions to focus on now as part of your SME business recovery plan.

Experts from Timewade, Astley Media, Minerva Lifelong Learning, Insight 6, Commissioning HR, Stephens Scown LLP and Bishop Fleming form the panel.

The summit is part of the ‘Technology For Success’ programme run by Timewade that gives South West SMEs free business guidance on using technology across their business.



Exeter tech start up set to tackle global waste problem

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 06/12/2020 - 4:22pm

The world is facing a mounting waste crisis and an Exeter-based technology start-up has developed a new online system to help tackle the problem.

AnyWaste.Com ’s online waste booking platform is designed to help waste brokers and collectors manage their collections. The new platform – which is the first of its kind – will have a positive impact on the environment by simplifying licensed waste collection, whilst reducing waste and waste crime. Once fully operational AnyWaste.Com will enable customers to book waste collections directly, with full transparency about how their waste...

Discretionary grant fund launches in East Devon

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Wed, 06/10/2020 - 5:44pm

A new Government Discretionary Grant aimed at supporting small businesses and charities in East Devon launches today, 10th June.

Online applications will be open for two weeks, from 10th June to 24th June at . This follows previous schemes which supported businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors as well as small businesses more generally and has seen over £40m being deployed to over 3,000 businesses in the District. The fund aims to support businesses which were not previously eligible for grant funding.