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Stephens Scown

Another Strong Performance for Leading South West Law Firm in independent legal guide

One of the South West’s leading law firms has achieved another strong performance in the latest edition of an independent guide to the legal profession.

Leading South West Law firm, Stephens Scown LLP, which has offices in Truro, St Austell and Exeter, is ranked in 15 sections of Chambers & Partners’ UK 2021 guide, with three teams and five of the firm’s lawyers receiving Band 1 ranking. In addition, the firm’s Managing Partner, Richard Baker, has received the accolade of Eminent Practitioner and Corporate (M&A) lawyer, Giles Dunning, has been recognised as an Up and...

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Exeter agency named best in Europe for Covid response

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/28/2020 - 12:19pm

Exeter-based online advertising business, Launch Online, has been crowned the top agency in its class at the European Agency Awards 2020 for its work through the pandemic to support South West and UK tourism businesses.

Launch Online won the award for best European PPC Agency (Pay Per Click) and Best PPC Campaign, specifically for its work with UK self-catering business, Aria Resorts, to help guide the hospitality business through the turmoil of the pandemic and secure a vital sell-out summer season.

The European Agency Awards were held on October 22, rewarding digital,...

British Academy of Floral Art

Expanding award-winning floral academy blooms during Covid-19

Authored by Glen King PR
Posted: Wed, 10/28/2020 - 9:12am

Business is blooming for independent, award-winning British Academy of Floral Art based in Dunchideock, near Exeter, with internationally renowned co-directors, Julie Collins and Tina Parkes taking on three new tutors and doubling the size of their Devon-based floristry training centre for beginners and professionals.

Fellow master florists Julie and Tina first met whilst teaching at Bicton College in East Devon, before establishing their new joint venture in Woodbury in 2008 and moving to Dunchideock Barton seven years’ ago. The academy offers professional floristry training and...

Food Drink Devon partners with Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce

Authored by kath@raw
Posted: Mon, 10/26/2020 - 3:39pm

Food Drink Devon (FDD), the county’s leading membership organisation in the food and drink industry, is thrilled to announce that it is joining forces with Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce (DPCC) to strengthen their influence in this sector at both a regional and national level.

Barbara King, Chair of Food Drink Devon explains: “As a not-for-profit membership organisation we are always working hard to promote our members and raise Devon’s culinary profile as a whole. DCC is a large, respected and influential organisation providing an important voice for businesses in our...

SW based legal firm rebrands following lockdown business re-evaluation

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 10/23/2020 - 2:46pm

South west based legal firm, Linnitts Solicitors, used the UK Lockdown to reassess who they are as a brand as they look to better portray their offering of being beyond the standard legal services many other contemporaries offer. With all of the doom and gloom we have become accustomed to this year, this rebrand also represents an industry that is holding its own and fighting to stay relevant to the modern day individual, in order to survive whatever the future may hold.

Previously known as Linnitts Solicitors, the rebrand has seen the firm become Beyond Legal, to literally...

Willmott Dixon team on site at Exeter Police Station

Exeter contractor Willmott Dixon pledges to be a net zero carbon business by 2030

Authored by cfrankpitt
Posted: Fri, 10/23/2020 - 1:55pm

Contractor Willmott Dixon, currently delivering several major projects in Exeter, is aiming to lead the construction sector with a series of ambitious commitments set out in its newly released sustainability strategy.

Entitled ‘Now or Never; our decisive decade’, the strategy includes the commitment that Willmott Dixon will become net zero carbon in its operations by 2030, with all new build and refurbishment projects delivered from 2030 also net zero carbon in use. It is also aiming for its supply chain partners to be net zero carbon by 2040; the first UK construction company to...

Mears wins Exeter Repairs and Maintenance bid

Mears strengthens position in South-West with Exeter Repairs and Maintenance bid

Authored by archana.nair
Posted: Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:22am

Mears is pleased to announce that from 01 December 2020, we have been appointed to be Exeter City Council’s partner to deliver the new Integrated Asset Management contract which supersedes the current repairs response and void refurbishment contract.

This will build on the strong relationship we have established over the last 10 years which saw us repair over 6000 properties. As this builds on a fantastic grounding between Mears and the council we are confident that we can get straight down to work to deliver and support the Exeter communities where we are lucky to work.


More than two-thirds of business leaders will continue to do meetings virtually

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 10/22/2020 - 8:35am

According to the Office for National Statistics, as of April 2020, 47 percent of people were working from home, mostly as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Before 2020, many workplaces didn’t allow working from home or even flexible hours, but COVID-19 has forced bosses to reassess their processes.

A survey of business leaders by speakers bureau VBQ Speakers has revealed that 68 percent will continue to hold company-wide meetings, annual general meetings and conferences virtually moving forward.

69 percent claim that virtual conferences are as...

Skern Lodge

Outdoor learning experiences aren’t just for kids – they’re great for the workplace too

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 10/22/2020 - 12:14am

Devon managers need to encourage their staff find their inner child to help take their businesses to the next level.

This is the message from North Devon training-and-skills company Skern Lodge, which is encouraging local companies to think about how their workforce might benefit from exciting meaningful outdoor challenges.

Training and Development Manager Richard Thomas said that not only are these challenges a great way to have shared experiences in a fun environment, but they can also teach individuals a great deal about themselves, help them think creatively and take...

Fisher German

Leading property consultancy opens new Exeter office

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 - 11:53am

A leading national property consultancy has launched a new office in Exeter as it expands its presence in the South West.

Fisher German has opened a new office at Exeter Business Park as part of ambitious, long-term growth plans.

The firm, which has 26 offices across the UK, offers a broad range of professional services including all aspects of land and property management and consultancy.

It covers the six main property sectors of rural, utilities and infrastructure, sustainable energy, planning and development, commercial and residential.


End of the annual report as we know it? Researchers set out future of corporate reporting

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 10/15/2020 - 8:55pm

How can companies make their annual reports meet the information needs of investors and other stakeholders more effectively?

This is one of the questions addressed in The Future of Corporate Reporting , a discussion paper published by the Financial Reporting Council, with an independent literature review (available here ) by academics from the University of Exeter Business School.

The study considers a common criticism that annual reports can be too long, inaccessible and confused about their audience and purpose, and calls for a new set of common principles for all...