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Devon manufacturers urged to have their say on life after Brexit

Small to medium-sized (SME) manufacturers in Devon are being encouraged to have their say on trading beyond Brexit as part of the latest Manufacturing Barometer.

Organised by SWMAS (The South West Manufacturing Advisory Service) and the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), the country’s largest survey of its kind is looking to find out how companies are coping with the early months of life after leaving the EU and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The findings will be used to inform future Government policy and support, so input from as many SME manufacturers...

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Local delivery firm APC Exeter, records 57% growth as it celebrates ‘Depot of the Year’

Authored by Scarlett_Matthews
Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 - 6:27am

APC Exeter, part of The APC network - the largest independent parcel delivery network in the UK - has today reported significant, continued growth, spurred by a huge surge in online shopping across Exeter. The company, which specialises exclusively in parcel solutions for SMEs, has today announced 57% year-on-year overall growth, which it largely attributes to the strength and resilience of its SME customers across the region.

Across the region, APC Exeter’s top five customers also achieved an average of 192% growth year-on-year. Among the business’ top performing customers, the...

BGF’s South West team invests £67 million in 2020 and pledges to continue to back even more businesses

Authored by Purplefish
Posted: Tue, 01/19/2021 - 1:26pm

The South West team at BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, has invested a total of £67m into companies in 2020, despite the challenges of the pandemic.

New investments in the last 12 months included £6 million in Bristol-based Amdaris, one of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies which employs more than 200 developers and has averaged 40 percent revenue growth per annum over the past three years, to support its organic and acquisitive growth strategy.

More recently, BGF announced an investment in Bristol-headquartered cloud-based HR...

Fisher German

Leading property consultancy strengthens SW team with key Exeter appointment

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 01/18/2021 - 9:03pm

A leading national property consultancy has strengthened its South West team after making a key appointment at its Exeter office.

Fisher German has welcomed Tom Lockton to its newest office, based at Exeter Business Park, as an associate director.

Tom will head up the firm’s valuation team in the South West, specialising in residential and agricultural property valuations for a variety of purposes including taxation, lending and expert witness.

The team already provides an extensive range of property advisory services to clients in the South West across the...

Fisher German

Leading Exeter property consultancy shortlisted for prestigious award

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 01/15/2021 - 9:57pm

A leading Exeter property consultancy has been shortlisted for a prestigious award which celebrates excellence in undergraduate employability.

Fisher German, which has an office in Exeter, has been announced as a finalist for the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards’ ‘Best Development Programme’ award.

The award recognises employers who offer students development programmes that improve both technical and soft skills, as well as empowering them to be more effective and successful employees.

Fisher German was shortlisted in recognition of its...

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Quite a year for an auctioneer

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Thu, 01/14/2021 - 12:08pm

The final auction of 2020 was an overwhelming success for Chilcotts Auctioneers with enough lots for a jam-packed two day sale.

Outstanding sales included the medals of female WW2 pilot Joan Hughes which went for the unexpectedly high figure of £5,800. Auctioneer Duncan Chilcott said: “We were delighted with the amount of interest around Joan’s medal - her story was so interesting and inspirational that it captured people’s imaginations. A civilian MBE will usually sell for around £100 so this was a real surprise.”

Another top performer was the watch section, with an 18...

Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme

Devon Start Up Programme for Social Entrepreneurs

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/11/2021 - 5:54pm

A new, free support programme has been launched in Devon to help those who are unemployed or at risk of losing their jobs and considering starting their own social enterprise.

Devon County Council and The School for Social Entrepreneurs - Dartington are working together on the Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme which aims to provide local people with the skills, confidence and support they need to establish a social enterprise and make a difference to their local communities.

Participants in the online learning initiative, which is made up of 10 weekday sessions...

Black and white collage of employees at Dashboard that are participating in the Move For Mind event

Dashboard gets active to virtually travel 450 miles for better mental health

Authored by Danielle Agtani
Posted: Mon, 01/11/2021 - 12:03pm

Local tech start-up, Dashboard Ltd based at the Exeter Science Park is set to get active for 30 days for the Move for Mind event in aid of mental health charity Mind.

This winter is going to be tougher than many we’ve faced before, both physically and mentally. For this reason, Dashboard is kicking off the new year by getting involved in the 30 days Move for Mind event to raise funds for better mental health and encourage each other to get moving to keep the lockdown blues at bay.

Dashboard partners with the National Engineering Laboratory (NEL) in Glasgow as part of its...

IMP Software

Exeter-based IMP Software scoops Market Entrant prize at national education awards

Authored by Phil Smith
Posted: Mon, 01/11/2021 - 11:52am

IMP Software, which has virtual teams based around Exeter and Peterborough, has won the Market Entrant award at the EducationInvestor Awards 2020, which recognise achievements in the business of education.

IMP beat off stiff competition from Chatsworth Schools, Forfar Education, Hotel.School and Thuso to take home the prize in the Grand Prix section of the awards, which were held online last month, for its organisational performance since launching.

The focus of the award entry was the development of IMP’s budgeting, forecasting and reporting solution specifically for...

Stagecoach, bus, Exeter, Devon

How are bus timetables in the South West changing during the latest National Lockdown?

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 - 4:59pm

Stagecoach South West have been working closely with the local authorities to maintain essential connections for keyworkers across the South West as the country is plummeted into another national lockdown. The local bus operated has ensured vital links are maintained for school journeys and essential shopping trips with their network remaining relatively unchanged in the coming weeks.

The bus operator will be making some very minor changes to services across the South West from 10th January 2021 with the majority of buses operating on school holiday timetables which is clearly...

My VIP Card

National discount scheme supports local shops in lockdown

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 - 12:41pm

In the wake of another lockdown the national discount scheme, My VIP Card, is offering UK shoppers a way to order take advantage of thousands of deals whilst supporting local and small businesses with a network of over 1,000 online local shops.

These small businesses can now sign up for free and will benefit from their online shop or service being promoted to a national audience of shoppers keen to support local and small business whilst taking advantage of thousands of amazing discounts.

The discount scheme is urging shoppers to remember and support local and small...