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

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 02/17/2020 - 6:49am

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...

NSPCC launch fun and furry fundraiser as it appeals for Devon businesses to support its Bear Diaries  

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 02/12/2020 - 4:20pm

Businesses in Devon have the chance to recruit a furry helper and raise crucial funds for the NSPCC thanks to its new fundraising initiative.

The children’s charity is launching a unique fundraising opportunity in association with Build-a-Bear in which only a limited number of local businesses will be able to take part.

For a £50 donation, businesses can acquire a temporary employee in the form of a bear who can be present around the workplace between Monday 17 February and Friday 28 February.

Businesses taking part are encouraged to dress their bear in suitable...

Positive outlook for South West Tech firms

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 02/07/2020 - 6:06am

Tech firms in the South West are predicting a strong year of growth in 2020, according to the findings of the annual Tech South West survey.

Tech organisations from Bath, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset took part in the survey.

It revealed that almost two thirds (64.8%) of technology firms in the region expect their company workforce to increase in 2020.

And positivity is on the up, with 69.5% of organisations expecting to fare better in 2020 than in 2019. This marks a shift from the results 12 months ago, when only 50%...

Enhance social enterprise network

New network will ‘Enhance’ the region’s social enterprises

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Posted: Tue, 02/04/2020 - 10:50am

A new network has been launched in Devon and Somerset which will connect the region’s many and varied social enterprises, supporting them to grow and benefit their local economies - and create positive social change.

Enhance brings together new and existing members from across the two counties to form an umbrella network that will provide events, training and networking opportunities across the region. Members also receive a listing on the new website at:, along with regular newsletters, opportunities for additional support programmes, peer-...

Visit South Devon to launch new business services membership

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 01/31/2020 - 11:52am

Visit South Devon is to launch an exciting new initiative with its Business Services membership, which enables businesses in the area to connect and work with other Visit South Devon Business members across the tourism sector.

The Community Interest Company which promotes the South Hams, Teignbridge and East and Mid Devon area, announced its new business services membership at its recent AGM, where it also confirmed that it has joined the Devon Chamber of Commerce. The new Business Service will offer members access to a number of suppliers that specifically cater for tourism and...

Barriers to making the most of technology revealed

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Wed, 01/29/2020 - 9:37am

The biggest barriers to South West businesses making the most of technology have been revealed.

Cost, lacking the knowledge to make the right decisions and the time to focus on improvements to existing technology are the three top barriers according to a new survey.

Exeter-based technology support and strategy firm Timewade carried out the regional survey, in partnership with Tech South West, to shed light on how firms are using technology and uncover reasons behind the region’s productivity gap.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the South West has...

Let's Walk - Devon's biggest workplace walking challenge

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:42am

If you are hoping to become more active in 2020, while enjoying some friendly competition at the same time, you can team up with work colleagues and enter a Devon wide walking challenge.

This February’s ‘Let’s Walk’ challenge will encourage employees to get out of the office and raise heart rates a little. If becoming healthier isn’t incentive enough, there are also prizes on offer for those workplaces leading the way in striding out across the county. Individuals can sign up alongside work colleagues and start ‘collecting’ steps! Those who achieve the highest average numbers will...

Giving to those who need it most – a talk from Exeter Foodbank to Stephens Scown

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 01/24/2020 - 8:39am

A Devon charity that provides critically important food and essential supplies to Exeter’s hungry has visited Stephens Scown LLP’s Exeter office, to cement a charity partnership.

Employees at Stephens Scown voted for Exeter Foodbank to become one of the firm’s chosen charities, and Mark Richardson from the charity outlined how it supports the city on his recent visit.

Mark explained: “Exeter Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust and was formed in 2008 in response to the late 2000’s financial crisis. We have the core goal of providing emergency food to users (clients) who...

Devon achieves second record year for new businesses

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 01/23/2020 - 6:02am

Latest statistics show that more new businesses were established in Devon during 2019 than in any previous year – hitting a record high for the second year in a row.

Despite political and economic challenges, 6,196 new companies were registered in the county compared to 5,908 during 2018, representing an increase of 4.9%.

This brings the total number of registered companies in Devon to 53,264, up from 51,129 at the end of 2018 - which equates to 4.2% growth.

The statistics come from the Inform Direct Review of Company Formations using data from Companies House and...

Old Mill strengthen Wealth Management team with appointment of Neil Rushton

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:57am

Exeter-based financial experts Old Mill have appointed Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow member of the Personal Finance Society, Neil Rushton, to the Wealth Management team.

The 39-year-old has more than 18 years’ experience in financial services having held roles across the sector. Neil joins Old Mill from independent financial planning firm Citimark, where he looked after a portfolio of high net worth clients, helping them explore aspirations and achieve financial independence.

In his new role, Neil - who specialises in retirement and estate planning - will work...