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Old Mill promotes 6 specialists and looks to hire 20 more as part of its ‘recruit, retain and promote’ approach

Tax team has grown by 50% in just eight months and seen income increase by 20% as it accelerates ahead of already ambitious growth strategy

Exeter financial experts Old Mill has promoted a fifth of its 30 strong tax team as part of its ‘recruit, retain and promote’ strategy, putting it on course to become the fastest growing practice in the South West.

In November, Old Mill announced a restructure to facilitate its ambitious plans to grow by 15%pa over the next five years and double staff numbers by 2026. As well as creating a simpler model to support growth, the restructure also...

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Innovative Exeter Student start-up set to shape the future of Artificial Intelligence

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 08/11/2022 - 9:50pm

A duo from the University of Exeter Business School have today (Thursday August 11) launched the next generation of bias detection software for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems.

Business School graduate Fin McCormick and 2nd year Business student Lizbeth Chandler conceived the idea for The Good Robot Company after Fin identified the problem of bias in AI systems whilst working on his dissertation.

“When I was working on algorithmic strategic decision making in the consulting industry, I noticed a great deal of bias influenced by human...

New Energy Partnership appoints Foot Anstey to support battery energy storage and renewable energy projects

Foot Anstey has been appointed by Warrington-based New Energy Partnership (NEP), a highly experienced team developing battery energy storage and other renewable energy projects in the UK, as a key partner to provide expert legal advice and help enable NEP to progress its pipeline of work.

NEP's stated mission is to use its all-equity investment commitment to deliver more than 2GW of operational battery storage projects across the UK. The company is led by renewable energy expert Andrew Dodge, who is supported by a highly successful and innovative team that has helped deliver some...

Unimole: the perfect gift from Life's Little Recipes

Unimole: cuddly toy celebrates our unique selves

Unimole: The Perfect ‘snuggle’ toy

Do want the perfect snuggle toy which gives an extra boost of TLC? Something in the form of a cute creature which exudes a lot of comforting love? Well, the founder of the successful gift venture, Life’s Little Recipes, has created the perfect toy to curl up with.

Unimole is a small mass of furriness and a unique edition to the Life’s Little Recipes range of presents, all of which are designed to convey upbeat thoughts for the recipient.

‘We recognise how very hard it can be to be a child in this day and age,’ explains Fiona...

dry riverbed with rocks in the middle, lined by plants

Businesses called upon to protect national water supplies

UK businesses are being urged to play their part in the battle against needless water wastage following the imposition of drought measures by two of the UK’s largest water companies. Measures being advised include switching from flushing urinals to waterless urinals, saving hundreds of thousands of litres of water per year in businesses with more than one urinal.

Research undertaken by Exeter-based Smarti Environmental, the UK's leading waterless urinal provider, shows that there are currently around 3.5 million water-supplied urinals in the UK, which collectively waste 217 billion...

Jurassic Fibre extends ultrafast broadband network to Cornwall

South West based internet service provider, Jurassic Fibre, today announced the start of their ultrafast broadband network build in Cornwall.

The award-winning broadband company has already rolled out their state-of-the-art network to homes and businesses across Devon, Dorset and Somerset, where many towns and villages had previously struggled with inadequate and unreliable digital connectivity.

Bude marks the start of the broadband provider’s expansion across the region, with the Point of Presence site (the access location at which the Jurassic Fibre network will be...

Michelmores team at powderham castle after completing the relay

Michelmores relay delivers trophy to Powderham Castle for September's 5k Charity Run

Authored by Michelmores
Posted: Tue, 08/09/2022 - 7:51am

A team from Michelmores has taken part in a relay to celebrate the return of their 5k Charity Run, taking place on Thursday 8 September 2022.

The annual charity run took a short hiatus during the pandemic but returns for 2022, at a new venue. In its first 20 years, the Michelmores 5k Charity Run took place in the centre of Exeter, starting at the Cathedral Green and running around the city. This year, participants will be running through the glorious parkland of Powderham Castle in Kenton.

Managing Partner, Tim Richards said: 'We're very pleased to bring back the...

Exeter businesses invited to Spotlight on Devon Hospitality and Leisure events

Authored by Astley Media
Posted: Mon, 08/08/2022 - 11:33pm

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub is partnering with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to host two free events to support hospitality, retail and leisure businesses in Devon.

Recent feedback from FSB has indicated that hospitality, retail and leisure businesses are facing challenges around the recruitment and retention of staff, accessing finance, and procurement.

The Spotlight on Devon Hospitality and Leisure events will give businesses the chance to hear directly from support providers, district authorities, and recruitment experts about available support,...

Funding to help boost resilience of rural economy

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 08/08/2022 - 10:28pm

Farmers and landowners in the region will be able to access help to adapt to changes in agricultural grants, thanks to a £2.6 million support programme.

Following the success of earlier phases of the Future Farming Resilience programme, Devon County Council has received Defra funding to expand the initiative.

The project aims to boost the rural economy by helping farmers to improve their business and the environment, and having previously covered Devon and Somerset, it will now also take in Dorset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

It was initially piloted in...

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Clocking off early in August

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Mon, 08/08/2022 - 12:55pm

Exeter digital marketing agency Optix Solutions has launched a new summer initiative enabling all team members to enjoy an earlier start to their weekend - by finishing at 3pm on Fridays throughout August.

The concept of ‘Summer Fridays’ isn’t new; in 1960s New York, advertising agencies closed early during the warmer months giving ad execs the chance to beat the traffic in the dash to their weekend haunts in the rural Hamptons.

Introducing a similar scheme to Optix was the brainchild of the company’s shadow board, a three-strong group of younger team members whose role...

Stagecoach ranked 36th in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 08/03/2022 - 5:22pm

The Level 2 Bus Driver apprenticeship, co-delivered by Realise and Stagecoach, is a level 2 course delivered in the workplace over a period of 12 -14 months. The high quality, innovative programme has been recognised in the 2022 Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, with Stagecoach Group placing 36th across the UK. The annual employer rankings, launched in 2020, were developed by the Department of Education, to rate the nation’s top apprenticeship employers. Employer’s are recognised for their commitment to employing apprentices, the creation of new apprenticeships, the diversity of their...

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