IT Provider Bluegrass Group wins award

Bluegrass Group award win – Best Community IT Provider South West England

Authored by Sarah Bailey
Posted: Tue, 05/25/2021 - 10:58am

Managed Service Provider and South West based IT Experts Bluegrass Group are delighted to announce that they have won Best Community IT Provider South West England in the 2021 UK Enterprise Awards run by SME News.

David Thomas Joint MD comments “2020 was not the year that any of us expected. One of the toughest most businesses have ever experienced in fact. Which is why winning this award means even more to us.

"The Exeter and South West community is our home, it’s incredibly important to us and throughout the pandemic we were determined to support businesses within the...

Devon manufacturers wanted

Devon manufacturers wanted as Barometer aims to uncover if COVID-19 has changed industry working practices forever

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 04/21/2021 - 10:12pm
SME manufacturers in Devon urged to take part in survey

The largest survey of small to medium-sized (SME) manufacturing companies in Devon has been launched today to record trends in performance and confidence levels across the sector, whilst also exploring how firms are supporting their staff as a result of COVID-19.

The Manufacturing Barometer, which is organised by SWMAS (the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service) and the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), is looking to understand how the pandemic has accelerated new working practices that may have unearthed potential...

SME manufacturers in Exeter to have their say on Covid-19 impact

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 03/30/2020 - 6:06pm

Small to medium-sized manufacturers in the Exeter are being urged to take part in a major survey detailing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on industry.

The Manufacturing Barometer, which is conducted by South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS) and the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), went live today and is inviting companies to highlight the issues they are facing and the support they need to overcome them.

Companies are being asked to highlight changes in production volumes, difficulties in retaining employees, supply chain disruption and any major ‘...

Employment fell by 25,000 across SW over last three months

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:20pm

The health of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK remains at its lowest level in three years, according to the SME Health Check Index, a quarterly economic index compiled by leading economics consultancy - Centre for Economics and Business Research Limited (Cebr) in association with CYBG PLC, owner of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks. These are unprecedented times for many SMEs and the latest index shows that things are getting even tougher, with the results presenting little improvement since the last quarterly index review. Overall the latest index is down to its lowest...

Ignition team expands

Authored by Ignition
Posted: Thu, 06/01/2017 - 2:33pm

Ignition, a leading UK provider of vehicle and asset finance for SMEs, is continuing to expand with the appointment of three new senior members to its team.

The company, which offers finance for a wide range of assets from plant and machinery to vehicles and business equipment, offers flexible solutions either using its own funds or via joint trading relationships with a panel of major finance houses. Since its acquisition by Star Asset Finance Group in 2015, it has been driving to expand its workforce and extend its geographical reach.

Steve Haysom joins Ignition as...

SMEs and mid-market business leaders reveal what ignites their ambition

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:06am

In today’s challenging climate, it’s essential for SME and mid-market business owners to have the ambition and drive that it takes to survive in tumultuous times.

A new report has revealed what has helped successful decision makers in business to develop ambition and help them achieve their goals, with half (50 per cent) claiming that supportive friends and family were their biggest drive to be ambitious.

The findings are part of the Ambition Index Report, produced by the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards . The report reveals what 309 SME and 301 mid-market decision...

GDPR Workshop, Primer for Business Managers

Event Date: 
02/03/2017 - 8:30am
The Exeter Science Park Centre, 6 Babbage Way, Exeter EX5 2FN

A short workshop for SME business managers, after which you will understand the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its commercial impact.

The GDPR represents a fundamental change in the market, and as any businessperson knows, change equals opportunity. So while we will look at the GDPR as a new compliance risk, we will also look at what market change the GDPR is trying to drive, how this impacts business and what opportunities it creates for those that see change as commercial opportunity.

Delegate Outcomes

Understand the principles of the GDPR...

Exeter Library gears up to support start-ups and entrepreneurs

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 11/10/2016 - 10:50am

Businesses in Exeter can now get extra support from Exeter Library following its launch as an Intellectual Property (IP) Centre. The library is the latest to join the UK’s network of Patent Libraries (PatLibs), set up by the Government in order to provide assistance on a variety of Intellectual Property Rights. Qualified and experienced staff at the library will provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with expert practical advice and support access to patent, trade mark, designs and copyright information. They will also run services such as patent searching, IP clinics and general...

SW SMEs owed an average of £99,000 in outstanding invoices

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 10/24/2016 - 8:08am

SMEs in South West are owed an average of £99,000 in outstanding invoices, according to the latest Business in Britain report from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

This is an increase of 32 per cent since the last Business in Britain report in January 2016, with 21 per cent of firms citing late payments as the biggest cause of cashflow problems. The report also found that a fifth (21 per cent) of firms in the South West are currently owed more than £200,000 in outstanding invoices, up from 18 per cent in January. The issue of late payments is also likely to persist into 2017, with a...

Fast track your business with Devon's new growth programme

Companies across Devon are being offered the chance to take part in the county’s first Fast Track to Growth Programme to help them develop and implement plans for growth in 2016 – for free. Apply by 19 February, 5pm.

They will receive on-going advice from a range of specialists, and take part in workshops to develop their growth plans ready to then implement. All shortlisted applicants will also have the chance to pitch to a panel of judges, with one company securing a year’s worth of free financial strategy, marketing and PR support, worth £15,000.

Ambitious firms seeking...