local business

CPRE Devon and Devon Norse join forces to clean up Exeter’s Sowton Estate

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Tue, 09/25/2018 - 7:20am

A staggering amount of litter was collected in just one hour on Exeter’s Sowton Industrial Estate last Friday in a joint litter-pick by the Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Devon Norse.

Twenty people took part in the clean up in the area around Bittern Road, where Devon Norse is based. Members of CPRE Devon joined company employees and provided them with the necessary gear: litter-picking sticks, high vis jackets, gloves and bags.

The discarded frame of a child’s pushchair, a tyre, and an empty butane bottle were among the items collected, along...

Devon golf day raises more than £12,000 for charity which helps keep local children safe, healthy and happy

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Sun, 07/29/2018 - 9:19pm

A charity golf day in East Devon, made possible through the support of local businesses, has raised £12,109 for Life Education Wessex, a charity which delivers vital health, wellbeing and drugs education in Devon’s schools.

The event at Woodbury Park Golf Club in July raised much-needed funds to support the charity’s work with children in schools.

A great day was had by all. For the second year running, CAP Ceilings & Partitions generously sponsored the event and the ‘hole in one’ competition, ensuring the day was a great fundraising success. Barclays provided match-...

Family-run holiday park in Devon Tourism Award finals

Authored by McQueenie Mulholland
Posted: Fri, 10/20/2017 - 9:01am

Oakdown Touring and Holiday Caravan Park on the East Devon coast is celebrating reaching the top three in the ‘Holiday Park of the Year’ category of the Devon Tourism Awards.

The awards, which are now in their eighth year, celebrate the best of Devon Tourism.

And the announcement comes at the end of a very busy period for Oakdown, which this year has seen the introduction of shepherd’s huts and a brand new reception area and a redesigned café.

Alastair Franks, whose family have developed Oakdown since the 1970s, said: ‘To be recognised in these awards is such a...

"Perhaps We're the Moët of Cheese"

Authored by Beckworth IFA
Posted: Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:54am

Mary Quicke at the Southernhay Breakfast Club

Mary Quicke’s family has been making cheese for generations. The cows at Quicke’s are grass-fed and she is certain that happy cows make more delicious milk. Mary told an audience of 50 at a recent get together of the Southernhay Breakfast Club, a networking group for local business people, about how Quickes create cheddar that is handmade, cloth-bound and matured with individual customers in mind.

Patting a model truckle of cheese on the table next to her, she described how heritage moulds are used, sourced from a library of...

National spotlight on Devon business

Authored by McQueenie Mulholland
Posted: Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:01pm

A DEVON business, which began on a dining room table and now employs more than 20 people, has been receiving national exposure – thanks to Channel 4’s show The Jump.

A Star, which is based outside Cullompton, has been producing leotards and sportswear for more than 14 years. The company has grown substantially in this time and now its products are sold all over the world.

It has launched its new range of Body Barrier skiwear – and has scored an immediate win by supplying kit to contestants on The Jump, ensuring they’re kept warm as they learn a range of winter sports and...

Teignmouth media agency sees rapid growth

Authored by Aquamarine Media
Posted: Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:55am

A Teignmouth-based media agency has seen rapid growth in both its staff numbers and client base in recent months.

Aquamarine Media Ltd, who specialise in paid search and social media marketing, have expanded from one staff member to four and moved to a bigger office, as they continue to increase their UK-wide client base.

The agency, who provide full set up and management of paid search and paid social campaigns to a variety of clients, have employed a PPC Executive (Bradley Jordan) and a Paid Social Executive (Sophie Hancox) to manage the growing demand for their services...

WESC hosts Exeter Chamber's summer networking lunch

Authored by Glen King PR
Posted: Mon, 06/27/2016 - 9:28am

WESC Foundation (WESC) played host to Exeter Chamber of Commerce’s June networking lunch, with 70 local businesses and professionals in attendance.

WESC is a school and college for young people and adults aged 5-25, and a specialist centre for visual impairment, based on Topsham Road, Exeter. Pre-lunch, guests were offered an optional tour of the facilities at the 14-acre campus to meet learners; find out more about the charity and the important work and services they provide.

Following a buffet lunch prepared by the WESC in-house catering team, a presentation was given by...

Support Local Business Week

Authored by Karina Bailey
Posted: Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:20am
Support Local Business

Being as it’s Local Business week I’m focussing this article on the many benefits of buying local, and why everyone should, seek out and support their weekly farmers markets. Buy from the local corner shop. Eat, drink and meet friends at local independent cafés; and find your gift purchases from the small, local designers or artisans. The recipients of the latter will be far more thrilled with the individuality of the gift, rather than something which is mass manufactured.

I am so passionate about local business, that not only do I make 70% of my purchases...

Digital marketing firm leads the way

Authored by MiHi Digital
Posted: Wed, 04/06/2016 - 6:38am

A local digital marketing agency is celebrating another record breaking and successful year of growth. MiHi Digital, originally set up by Mark Worden from his living room on the Exeter Quayside, has worked with 52 new clients, taken on its first full time member of staff and grown by a further 18% in the past twelve months.

Clients now include a Visit England award-winning accommodation provider, an acclaimed Bafta and Emmy Nominated director of photography, one of the UK’s leading underfloor heating specialists and two businesses working globally.

Director of MiHi Digital...

Budget 2015: Reaction from Simpkins Edwards Chartered Accountants, Exeter

Authored by Gill Vosper
Posted: Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:17pm

Simpkins Edwards Partner, Adrian Hemmings, commented:

“The Chancellor delivered an overt but effective pre-election budget, which included a raft of measures to help many different key groups, from pensioners to first-time homebuyers.

“His proposed increase to the personal tax allowance to £10,800 next year and an increase in the top rate tax threshold to £43,300 in 2017-18 are among the measures likely to have the most far-reaching impact. In addition, a new personal savings allowance starting next year would mean the first £1,000 of interest on savings would be tax-free...