Evaluate opportunities, be brave and take time to reflect – Old Mill offers advice to businesses on how to survive COVID-19

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 04/24/2020 - 5:47pm

COVID-19 has impacted virtually all businesses across the UK in some way.Whilst some have shut their doors (possibly permanently) others are enjoying the sort of seasonal demand only ordinarily experienced with the promise of a big old chap coming down your chimney in a red suit.

The Government has launched numerous support schemes, which on the whole have been good, but they won’t be able to support everyone, and there is no one-size-fits-all because no business is the same. Here, Phil Mills, Head of Food and Drink at financial experts Old Mill gives his five top tips on what...

Hundreds of businesses not yet applied for Covid-19 funding

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 04/17/2020 - 2:34pm

Hundreds of businesses in Exeter invited to make a claim for a grant to help them through the Coronavirus outbreak have yet to do so, Exeter City Council has revealed.

The Council is helping distribute £25 million of government funding in the form of either Small Business Grants or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants.

Last week, the Council wrote to 2,000 businesses in Exeter inviting them to make a claim.

And on Thursday evening, only around a third to a half of those businesses eligible had responded.

City Council Director Bindu Arjoon said they...

What are the legal requirements when setting up a new business?

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Sat, 04/11/2020 - 9:40am

This is the age of the entrepreneur. Over recent years, Exeter has seen a steadily growing number of new business start-ups, and our city has regular events and community resources to help those looking to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality. Right now, most of us have a little more time on our hands than usual, so this could be the ideal time to get to work on your business plan and think about how to bring that germ of an idea from the back of your mind into fruition.

There’s plenty of things to think about when starting a new business, for example funding, staffing,...

Why It's More Important than Ever to Support Small Businesses Right Now

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:34pm

We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. Covid-19 has spread all over the world and the UK is now in lockdown to try and slow down community transmission. Non-essential business such as cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and clothing stores have all closed their doors. People are staying at home rather than travelling to visit family and friends.

It’s likely that many small businesses will never recover. Your local pizzeria that employed less than 10 staff and the small boutique hotel you stayed in last summer – these businesses can’t stay closed indefinitely. They have wages...

Exeter EdTech company Sparx scoops prestigious award for its approach to maths learning

Authored by AmySutton
Posted: Mon, 04/06/2020 - 12:47pm

Sparx, the Exeter-based socially focused learning technology company has been named ‘Supplier of the Year’ at this year’s Education Resources Awards (ERA’s) for its innovative approach to maths learning and its focus on evidence-based technologies.

The ERA’s reward quality educational resources and aim to raise the standard of services and products by highlighting excellence in the industry. This year, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the winners were announced at a virtual awards ceremony on 27 March 2020.

An expert panel of judges selected Sparx as the winner in the ‘...

Council pledges support and advice for businesses

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 03/25/2020 - 5:40pm

Devon County Council has pledged that it will do everything it can to help local businesses through the coronavirus outbreak and ensure a strong recovery for the local economy.

The authority is encouraging businesses to visit the Heart of the South West Growth Hub to find essential information on available support and advice.

The Growth Hub, which is delivered by the County Council on behalf of the HotSW Local Enterprise Partnership, can help provide businesses with details of the Government’s proposals on Business Rate Relief and how eligible businesses can apply for...

Six years in the 100 Best Companies list for leading Devon law firm

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 02/23/2020 - 10:50pm

A leading Devon law firm has been included in the prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Companies list for the sixth consecutive year.

At a glittering awards ceremony in London on 20 February 2020, Stephens Scown LLP was ranked at number 74 in the list of 100 best medium sized companies to work for in the UK.

Twenty people from a range of roles across the firm went to the awards ceremony at Battersea Evolution in London to celebrate the result with some of Stephens Scown’s Board members.

“To be ranked among the best employers in the UK for six years in a row is a great...


Exeter businesses invited to take part in TEDxExeter 2020

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 02/20/2020 - 12:45pm

Businesses in Exeter are being invited to take part in TEDxExeter 2020 by hosting a free live broadcast in their workplaces for staff to enjoy.

The ninth annual TEDxExeter conference takes place on Friday 17th April 2020, and organisers want to encourage as many people as possible across the city to get involved.

'It's just not possible for everybody who wants to get a ticket to come along to the event at the Northcott Theatre, so this year we're offering more businesses than ever before the opportunity to get involved by streaming the talks directly into their offices,'...

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...

Andy Chapman to retire as Chief Executive of The Exeter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 02/17/2020 - 2:45pm

Health and protection insurer, The Exeter, has today announced that its Chief Executive Andy Chapman will retire after 40 years working within the insurance industry and will be stepping down at the end of 2020.

Andy became Chief Executive following the merger of Pioneer and Exeter Friendly societies in 2008. In his 12 years at the helm he has been pivotal in the development, growth and success of the business, as well as being instrumental in the creation of a strong and positive culture for The Exeter’s 165 staff based primarily at its headquarters in Exeter, Devon.