Funding to help boost resilience of rural economy

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 08/08/2022 - 10:28pm

Farmers and landowners in the region will be able to access help to adapt to changes in agricultural grants, thanks to a £2.6 million support programme.

Following the success of earlier phases of the Future Farming Resilience programme, Devon County Council has received Defra funding to expand the initiative.

The project aims to boost the rural economy by helping farmers to improve their business and the environment, and having previously covered Devon and Somerset, it will now also take in Dorset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

It was initially piloted in...

Jurassic Fibre appoints Paul Hellings as CEO

The South West’s challenger full fibre broadband provider, Jurassic Fibre, has today announced the appointment of Paul Hellings as CEO to lead the company through its next stage of growth. Taking the baton from founder, Michael Maltby, Paul will leverage 30 years’ experience of scaling telecommunications businesses to bring a world class digital experience to businesses and consumers throughout the South West.

Paul’s previous roles include Managing Director of Virgin WiFi, Regional Director of Virgin Media and most recently CEO of Shell Energy UK. Paul has also occupied board...

Trowers' Commercial Litigation team in Exeter continues to grow

Top 40 law firm Trowers & Hamlins has further expanded its Commercial Litigation team in Exeter with the hire of new insolvency partner Katie Farmer.

Katie specialises in restructuring, insolvency and debt recovery matters as well having extensive experience in advising insolvency practitioners and buyers on transactions involving distressed businesses. She also brings experience in acting for lenders and receivers in relation to secured assets, and for companies, directors, individuals and creditors, in contentious matters such as insolvency litigation, debt recovery...

Women-led businesses hit harder during height of COVID, study finds

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Posted: Fri, 07/08/2022 - 11:30pm

Businesses led by women were hit harder by COVID-19 than those led by men, according to a new study.

The study, published in The World Bank Research Observer , looked at the performances of 40,000 businesses in 49 countries between April and September 2020 using interviews and analysis from the World Bank’s Business Pulse Survey and Enterprise Survey programmes.

The data, which focused on firms of all sizes in the hospitality, manufacturing, retail and wholesale, and service industries, covered countries from East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America...

Growth of shopping locally is a 'huge opportunity' for businesses

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Posted: Fri, 07/01/2022 - 3:28am

The results of a consumer survey, which reveals that 88 per cent of local people try to buy Devon-sourced goods whenever possible, presents a ‘huge opportunity’ for local businesses says Devon County Council’s (DCC) Cabinet Member for Economic Recovery.

Councillor Rufus Gilbert, DCC's Cabinet Member for Economic Recovery and Skills, is encouraging Devon’s businesses to ‘grasp the nettle’ and sign up to the Made in Devon scheme , who will be at the Devon County Show this weekend from Thursday 30 June to Saturday July 2.

Made in Devon enables businesses to advertise that...

Bloor Homes launches new Exeter region

On 1st July 2022 ‘Bloor Homes Exeter’ will officially launch as a new region for the company, creating new jobs and ensuring the continued delivery of its new, quality homes across the South West of England.

The company is currently investing £5m in a new regional headquarters located on Honiton Road, Exeter. When complete later this year, the new building will provide 17,000 square feet of modern office space for c.70 staff and includes green features such as solar PV panels, latest LED lighting technology and 20 charging points for electric cars.

Bradley Davison,...

Three new partner promotions at Bishop Fleming

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thu, 06/16/2022 - 10:46pm

Leading accounting, audit, tax, and advisory firm Bishop Fleming has announced the latest round of promotions to its partner group.

Anna Averis, Mark Munro, and Richard Harborne have been appointed to the partnership with immediate effect, taking the firm’s group to 37 following the recent addition of Len Dean, Partner and Head of VAT, Martyn Fraser, Corporate Finance Partner and Peter Ball, Tax Partner.

Anna Averis is People Director with strategic and operational responsibility for Bishop Fleming’s people team. Anna said: “I am delighted to join the partnership at a...

Ashfords appoints new corporate head as deal volume grows

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Posted: Thu, 06/09/2022 - 9:56pm

UK law firm Ashfords has appointed Partner Rory Suggett as head of the firm’s corporate team. Rory takes over the role from Andrew Betteridge who continues as the firm’s wider commercial services division head and Executive Board member. Rory starts the role with immediate effect

Rory has been at Ashfords since 2007. He has extensive experience in venture capital, private equity and M&A, acting for companies and institutional investors as they seek to scale businesses as well as serial acquirers. Recent experience includes acting on the sale of Simply Cook to Nestle and...

House hunters invited to a Royal Celebration with Redrow

Home builder Redrow will be ‘throne’ its doors open to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with complimentary royal afternoon tea on offer in Exeter over the bank holiday weekend.

Visitors to Saxon Brook will be greeted with a celebratory atmosphere crowned off with patriotic red, white and blue decorations. Light refreshments will be served in the majestically styled sales centres and show homes on the 3rd and 4th of June.

Before the celebrations begin, Redrow will also bestow one lucky competition winner with an ultimate street party hamper, worth £1,000, to share...

UK's biggest veterinary recruitment agency plans for growth in Exeter

An Exeter based business that was founded in 2016 has quickly grown into the UK’s biggest recruitment agency for the veterinary industry and is on track to double in size over the next 12 months, as well as establishing an overseas client base.

JHP Recruitment was founded by Justin Powlesland and now employs a team of 12 at offices at Airport Business Park. The company specialises in recruiting both permanent and locum vets and nurses, as well as other staff, for veterinary practices throughout the UK and is now winning an increasing amount of work in both Europe and the USA....