Business

Work starts on Enterprise Centre for northern Devon

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 01/20/2020 - 3:15pm

The Enterprise Centre is the “gateway building” at Devon County Council’s emerging Business Park development at Roundswell, near Barnstaple.

The centre, which will offer high quality office and collaboration space, is expected to be completed by the end of this year (2020). It will provide tailored support for entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses that have potential for high growth and innovation, and is complementary to Petroc’s new Centre for Technology & Innovation Excellence (CoTIE) and Institute of Technology.

An expert operator will deliver the...

Pennon Water Services win Chief Executive Award

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 01/10/2020 - 10:51am

Three qualified mental health first aiders at Pennon Water Services have picked up a top award from their parent company, Pennon Group plc.

Samantha Hamilton-Welsh, Lorna Harrington and Damon Jones devised and implemented a mental health programme for Pennon Water Services (PWS).

They formed a Mental Health First Aid team, now branded as the 'Wellbeing Campaign', which focused on rolling out initiatives to promote and support the overall wellbeing of all PWS staff.

The trio have now been presented with a Chief Executive HomeSafe award for the PWS business in...

STC Expeditions announces trial of a four-day working week

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Fri, 01/10/2020 - 9:45am

Exeter based travel company, STC Expeditions, has announced it is conducting a 12-week trial of a four day working week, starting 6th January 2020. Founded in 2006, STC Expeditions is a specialist educational travel and school expedition company, arranging ethical and adventurous school trips to destinations across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The trial will involve all full-time employees cutting their hours by 20% whilst retaining full pay. A rota system will ensure the office remains open as usual from Monday to Friday.

STC Expeditions director, Adrian Ferraro, says:...

BGF celebrates growth in its South West portfolio

Authored by Purplefish
Posted: Thu, 01/09/2020 - 9:44am

BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, has experienced a year of growth across its South West portfolio in 2019, having invested £165m to date to support the region’s most ambitious entrepreneurs. This includes new investments in Equilaw and Off-Piste Wines.

With Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria high on the agenda, 2019 saw Exeter-based Lightfoot, the connected car technology company, endorsed by The University of Bath for its reduction of CO2, NOx and particulate emissions by 10-20%. Described as the ‘Fitbit for cars’ and backed by...

BGF celebrates growth in its South West portfolio

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 12/27/2019 - 10:54pm

BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, has experienced a year of growth across its South West portfolio in 2019, having invested £165m to date to support the region’s most ambitious entrepreneurs. This includes new investments in Equilaw and Off-Piste Wines.

With Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria high on the agenda, 2019 saw Exeter-based Lightfoot, the connected car technology company, endorsed by The University of Bath for its reduction of CO2, NOx and particulate emissions by 10-20%. Described as the ‘Fitbit for cars’ and backed by...

 Crowdcube doubles investment into overseas businesses in 2019

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Tue, 12/17/2019 - 5:57pm

Crowdcube is announcing a record-breaking year for overseas businesses raising funds on Europe’s leading equity crowdfunding platform. Despite Brexit uncertainty, investment into businesses based outside the UK has doubled since 2018. Leading e-bike maker, Cowboy, backed by Index Ventures, has raced to €3.5m just five days into its campaign.

In 2019, Crowdcube’s overseas raises drew in €26.6m, which marked a massive 100% hike from 2018. ID Finance, a Spanish based fintech, scoops the No. 1 place in terms of investment raised, pulling in €5.2m in November. More than 4,500 people...

Exeter’s design and building leaders call for ‘construction revolution’ in response to climate emergency

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 12/11/2019 - 9:43am

Over a dozen leaders from some of Exeter and Devon’s best-known design and construction firms, along with customers and suppliers, came together in November to instigate a ‘construction revolution’.

With Extinction Rebellion protests having swept the region, and Exeter Council among others having claimed a climate emergency, attendees at the event said a paradigm shift in thinking is needed to meet environmental challenges.

The discussion, organised and chaired by Exeter-based contracting and interior fit-out group Willmott Dixon, saw local organisations join forces to...

Entries for the Michelmores Property Awards 2020 now open

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 12/11/2019 - 8:57am

Entries are now open for the 2020 Michelmores Property Awards, which celebrate excellence within the South West's property and construction industry.

The Michelmores Property Awards are now in their 18th year and showcase the very best commercial and residential projects from the previous 12-months.

For 2020, a new Masterplanning for the Future category has been introduced. This category will shine a light on projects that are still at conceptual planning stage, and which will aim to create, shape, change and improve communities in the South West region.

The John...

Why you should consider electric cars for your business

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Wed, 12/11/2019 - 8:56am

Until quite recently, electric cars were seen as something of a punchline amongst car enthusiasts. They were seen as underpowered and undesirable and were seldom considered by serious business. The tides have turned in recent years, however, as potential mileage has increased and electric cars have become more and more desirable, thanks to the success of brands like Tesla.

Introducing electric cars into your organisation if no longer simply about putting a green face on the company - there are many other benefits to plugging in too!

Tax - The tax benefits you’ll receive for...

Jane Gick

Could your company sponsor a children’s hospice nurse this Christmas?

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 12/02/2019 - 6:25am

Children’s Hospice South West is calling on companies to help sponsor one of its children’s nurses this Christmas.

The charity, which runs children’s hospices in Bristol, St Austell and Barnstaple is asking firms to pledge £1,000 towards its ‘Sponsor a Nurse’ appeal and help make Christmas just that little bit more special for local families this year.

Suzanne Brown, a children’s nurse at Little Bridge House in Devon said: “By sponsoring one of our nurses, you’ll be helping us to provide special care to families whose children are not expected to live into adulthood....

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