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Getting Building Fund welcomed

Devon County Council has welcomed the Government’s investment into schemes to help kickstart the economy.

The Getting Building Fund will provide the support to fast-track a number of schemes in the county to be delivered by January 2022.

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership has been allocated £35.4 million – the biggest share in the region – from the £900 million national fund, which is part of the Government’s response to the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

The supported schemes will deliver jobs, regeneration, skills...

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Harnessing technology for success

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Fri, 08/07/2020 - 12:52am

Research is underway to understand how effective SMEs in the South West have been at using technology during the pandemic.

Exeter-based IT and support company, Timewade are running an online survey to understand successes and challenges, to feed back to the business community.

Already, some of the initial findings are providing invaluable insight, with just 16% saying their technology was fully prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic. Those taking the survey, which runs through the summer, will be the first to receive the full findings.

Managing Director of Timewade...

Divorces & separations could soar in COVID-19 aftermath warn barristers

Divorces and separations could soar in COVID-19 aftermath warn barristers

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Thu, 08/06/2020 - 5:03pm

FAMILIES could find the aftermath of COVID-19 just as devastating emotionally and financially as the lockdown say family law experts who are expecting a potential rise in divorces and separations.

Westcountry-based, Children in the Middle, says the combined impact on parents’ mental health and, for some, the pressures of financial consequences are enough to push couples towards divorce and separation.

Family barrister, Elizabeth McCallum, who co-founded the legal service with fellow Exeter barrister Sarah Evans, says: “Parents have understandably had a lot on their plates...

Covid-19 risk assessments are going to be crucial for long-term business safety

Authored by Browne Jacobson
Posted: Thu, 08/06/2020 - 9:16am

With the impact of Covid-19 businesses, whether large or small, client facing or otherwise, need to heed the government’s wide ranging ever changing guidance and assess risk.

The one thing most businesses have in common is that they are employers. The overarching duty of every employer is to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all its employees and to consider the risk to third parties. A large part of that duty is maintained by demonstrating due diligence and by putting in place measures to maintain workers and third parties safety. The pandemic has made managing this...

Bristol-based ICON Corporate Finance lead ground-breaking Africa fintech deal

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Wed, 08/05/2020 - 9:28am

Tech-focused investment bank, Bristol-based ICON Corporate Finance, has advised one of the most significant fintech transactions of its type in recent years. In a landmark deal, ICON acted as lead advisor in the sale of African digital payments provider Beyonic Inc to pan-African cross-border payments platform MSF Africa.

The importance of the transaction lies in its potential to accelerate the development of Africa’s ‘mobile money’ economy, as fintech solutions bring growth to the region’s economies.

ICON played a key role in putting the deal together, sourcing potential...

RGB, Exeter, Devon Air Ambulance

Exeter builders merchant launches charity bulk bag campaign

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 08/03/2020 - 8:23pm

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to launch its latest charity initiative to raise vital funds for Devon Air Ambulance.

The builders merchant has pledged to donate 25p to the charity from the sale of every promotional ‘bulk bag’, which are used to carry large quantities of aggregates, such as sand, crushed stone and gravel.

Tracy Owen, Fundraising Manager at Devon Air Ambulance, commented: "We are delighted that RGB has chosen once again to support us and would like to thank them for their on-going support. During these challenging times, being able to work with RGB and...

Martin Charlton Business Director at IP Office Ltd Sponsors of Extery City FC

IP Office Ltd renew Exeter City FC

Authored by Charlton
Posted: Mon, 08/03/2020 - 11:49am

IP Office Ltd in Exeter are proud to renew their sponsorship to Exeter City FC for the new season 2021 and beyond.

Being a local Telephone Business supplier IP Office Ltd have been busy keeping our Doctors Surgeries communicating and connecting health workers to patients over telephone and video links. As the uncertain environment continues more and more businesses are looking to IP Office to help them set up business continuity plans and procedures.

Meanwhile Exeter City needs support and we are pleased and proud to offer sponsorship to the club for the next season,...

Exeter Airport reacts as airports set to lose £4 billion in 2020 as a result of COVID-19

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 07/24/2020 - 11:20pm

Exeter Airport has echoed the call of the Airport Operators Association (AOA) and its Chief Executive, Karen Dee, on the UK Government to take action to protect jobs and support the aviation sector through this unprecedented crisis, following the release of new analysis into the effect of COVID-19 on the aviation industry which concludes the impacts are focussed at UK regional airports, with these airports experiencing slower bounce back, with greater lost demand and lost connectivity.

As revealed in the analysis by York Aviation, released by the AOA, member airports are set to...

Former Stephens Scown managing partner sets up business consultancy 

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 07/24/2020 - 6:24pm

The entrepreneurial partner behind the transformation of one of the South West’s leading law firms has started his own business offering advice to business owners seeking to grow their businesses and improve employee wellbeing.

Robert Camp led Stephens Scown LLP for eight years through a period of growth and success, stepping down in 2019. During his tenure Stephens Scown’s turnover doubled to £20 million and the firm was named UK Law Firm of the Year and one of the best employers in the country, consistently ranking in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies list.

Robert...

Unwanted tools to help change lives in Africa

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 07/23/2020 - 9:11pm

Following the launch of RGB Building Supplies’ Tools for Africa appeal in January, the builders merchant is thanking trades and the community local to Exeter for helping to donate 15 bulk bags full of preloved tools which have been passed to Devon-based charity Amigos.

Amigos works closely with another UK charity called Work Aid, which will now refurbish the donated items before sending them to Africa. The tools will be used by young people so they can learn construction skills and help lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

For the past 13 years the charity...

Stagecoach helps businesses bounce back with new tailored solutions to help employees, customers and the education sector

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/23/2020 - 11:26am

Stagecoach is helping businesses, the education sector and event organisers to bounce back from Covid-19 with a range of tailored solutions through a ‘one stop shop’ approach to help employers, pupils and customers.

As the UK comes out of lockdown, public transport continues to play a vital role in the country’s recovery ahead. As well as helping to restart the economy, it is vital in bringing normality back to many areas of people’s daily lives.

Covid-19 has brought about many societal changes such as home working, more targeted travel and more flexible working. A...