Prestigious national award for Stephens Scown’s family law team

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 11/29/2019 - 12:53pm

The family law team at Stephens Scown LLP was one of the winners at the most prestigious national awards for family lawyers.

The firm’s family team was named the Family Law Team of the Year - South at the Family Law Awards 2019. The winners were announced at a black-tie awards dinner at The Ballroom on London’s South Bank on 27 November.

The way Stephens Scown looks after its employees and clients was singled out by the judges. As an employee owned firm, the firm’s approach to employee engagement was recognised, as was the focus on client service, including providing in-...

First tech podcast for South West launched

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Mon, 11/25/2019 - 12:58pm

Tech South West has launched a new podcast to showcase and celebrate the best of the region’s technology sector.

The TribeTech podcast is hosted by ‘non-techie’ journalists Robert Hillier and Feyaza Khan who are on a mission to discover the latest tech trends and answer the big questions in tech including "are women and ethnic minorities avoiding the tech sector?" and "will technological advances erode our sense of community?". The podcast is produced in association with regional law firm Stephens Scown LLP and will help shed light on some of the ground-breaking technology being...

Is The Exeter Business Hub the friendliest place to work in Exeter?

Authored by Abigail Price
Posted: Fri, 11/01/2019 - 3:04pm

A business community right in the heart of Exeter is soaring ahead in its goal to become the most welcoming and supportive place in the city for entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams.

The move from working in a big office full of buzz and chatter to setting up a small company in an empty space can be as lonely as it is exciting. But one city landlord has found a dynamic middle ground which, whilst giving companies their own space, also allows them to work within a large business community complete with networking events… and even coffee mornings.

James Blackburn...

Photo of Kerry Cawte, left, and Claire Jeftha

Caring Teachers Shortlisted for Award for their Work in Helping Pupils to Thrive

Authored by lparks
Posted: Thu, 10/03/2019 - 7:55pm

A Newton Abbot business has helped two staff members at a Hampshire primary school to be shortlisted for an award for their work in helping pupils to be more emotionally resilient.

Kerry Cawte and Claire Jeftha work at St George’s Beneficial Church of England Primary School, in Portsmouth. They have been shortlisted in the Wellbeing of Staff or Pupils category of the Teach Portsmouth Awards for their work with Newton Abbot-based Thrive®. The talented pair will find out if they have won at an awards ceremony tomorrow (Friday Oct 4)

Thrive, based at Seale Hayne, promotes...

Barking Mad Exeter

Honiton Resident’s Amazing Story from Health Scare to Business Success

Authored by 26Rings
Posted: Fri, 09/13/2019 - 1:54pm

Honiton business owner Lucy Wakefield is this month celebrating the 5th anniversary of running her dog sitting business, Barking Mad. Despite her business success, it hasn’t all been plain sailing. The story of why she started the business revolves around giving up a career she loved due to a health scare and losing her beloved Newfoundland, Kodiak.

Up until 2008 Lucy was enjoying her career teaching children at Shute Community Primary School. However, at the start of the new school year, Lucy developed an intense headache which lasted a week, which she thought could be solved with...

Teacher and student using Sparx in the classroom

Oxygen House announces further investment in learning technology company Sparx, totalling £50 million

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 09/06/2019 - 10:54am

Sparx, a socially focused learning technology company based in Exeter, is to receive a £20 million investment from Oxygen House, an ethical and impact-centric group of companies also based in Exeter. The investment follows an initial £30 million investment from Oxygen House which helped to establish Sparx and to develop and trial the technology.

Together, the £50 million investment is thought to be the largest by a UK investor into the UK edtech sector*.

Sparx was founded in 2010 and is an in-class and homework solution which uses machine learning, personalised content and...

Young people on a site visit with Kier

Exeter College and Kier host work experience week to encourage careers in construction

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Wed, 09/04/2019 - 11:25am

Exeter College and Kier recently teamed up to deliver an intensive one week, pre-Apprenticeship work experience programme, designed to give local youngsters an insight into the construction industry and inspire them to pursue a career in the varied and vibrant sector. 

Six learners who are considering the Apprenticeship route with Exeter College spent the week gaining knowledge and insight, as well as hands on experience behind the scenes with Kier at some of the company’s flagship developments.

The week kickstarted with health and safety training and a test for...

New business initiative to boost Exeter’s B2B trade

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:24pm

To further the growth of Exeter and its business community, Air Marketing Group in partnership with Exeter City Council, Exeter Live Better and Exeter Chamber have teamed up to launch a new business initiative to reduce the amount of B2B trade that leaves the city. The initiative, called Tribe, is a first for Exeter and will focus on increasing local collaboration to retain business in the city.

Where businesses do outsource business services beyond the city, Tribe will help local businesses look closer to home to find cost-effective services, driving forward economic growth in...


Dawlish drop-in event planned to inform residents on the schedule of work for the new sea wall

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Tue, 05/14/2019 - 4:43pm

Network Rail is inviting residents to a drop-in session in Dawlish to inform the local community about planned work relating to construction of the new sea wall to the west of the railway station, which is due to start at the end of May.

The community drop-in event follows on from Teignbridge District Council’s approval of the works to improve the resilience of the stretch of railway that connects the South West with the rest of the country at their recent planning committee meeting.

The event will be held in Dawlish on:

  • Wednesday 22 May – Dawlish Methodist
  • ...
L-R: Charlotte McGregor, Partner at Wollens; Chris Hart, Chief Executive at Wollens; Joanne Caine, Exeter Chamber Board Director; and Amanda Bonnick, Partner at Wollens

Exeter Chamber announces partnership with Wollens

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 05/14/2019 - 1:49pm

Exeter Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a two-year partnership agreement with newly branded legal firm Wollens, formerly Wollen Michelmore.

The growing law firm employs nearly 200 people across offices in Torquay, Dartmouth, Newton Abbot and Barnstaple, as well as in Cathedral Yard, Exeter.

The partnership will include increased profile for Wollens at Chamber events, and in the Chamber weekly news publication – a hub for timely business news in Greater Exeter.

Jo Caine, managing director of Cathedral Appointments and board director of Exeter Chamber, said: “...