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Andrew Simmonds, chairman of the Experts in Property network

One chapter closes and another begins for the Experts in Property network

This week marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter for Southwest estate agency network, the Experts in Property, with a change of chairmanship and new directors on the board.

Cornwall-based former estate agent, Steve Moir has stepped down as chairman of the ‘super group’ and Bristol property specialist, Andrew Simmonds has taken the reins. Honiton estate agent of more than 30 years, Roger Hemming has also joined highly respected, Okehampton-based James Stevens and the long-standing Andy Pounsberry on the board of directors.

The well-known network of...

A year of transformative delivery in the Heart of the South West

Authored by Program
Posted: Thu, 12/07/2023 - 11:16am

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) looks back on a year of impactful funding commitments and initiatives.

Since January, the LEP has continued to work with stakeholders to provide funding and support for local businesses, skills, and job creation.

To date, LEP-funded activities have created over 7,800 new jobs, helped over 18,000 businesses to grow, and connected over 9,500 homes and businesses to superfast broadband.

Major business support projects include the launch of the British Business Bank’s £200 million South West Investment Fund...

West Country Women Awards Winners 2023 Announced

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 12/06/2023 - 7:49pm

WINNERS of the West Country Women Awards were announced at a sold-out glittering ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth this weekend.

More than 320 guests, finalists and sponsors from all across the South West attended to celebrate winners across 16 categories.

The West Country Women Awards celebrate and recognise women all across the peninsular in all walks of life from women in arts and culture, women in sport, combatting violence against women and girls to green business of the year and many more.

Hosts for the evening’s inspiring celebrations were Alexis...

Coldplay-backed British Microfibre Filter Company Wins Prestigious International Green-Tech Ocean Impact Award Held in Australia

  • Cleaner Seas Group’s circular solution to capturing, harvesting and recycling microfibres from domestic washes wins Ocean Impact Pitchfest 2023
  • Cornish green-tech’s retro-fit filters prevent up to 91 million microfibres from entering our oceans per household per year

South West start-up Cleaner Seas Group (CSG) has won one of the world’s most prestigious awards for improving the health of our Oceans, thanks to its pioneering work on a groundbreaking circular solution to capturing and recycling microfibres filtered out from domestic and commercial washing...

Westcotts announce two key promotions to Partner

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 12/05/2023 - 11:45pm

Veronique Walkey, Director and Head of Professional Services based at Westcotts Plymouth office and Matt Melksham, Crediton office based Director at Westcotts have just been made a Partner.

Westcotts is a UK leading firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers who offer a personal and local service, valuing relationships above all else. Offering a wide range of sector and service specialisms, Westcotts has supported individuals and businesses, large and small, across a diverse range of sectors for over 30 years.

Matt joined the Westcotts family as a Director...

Michelmores Property Awards 2024: Call for submissions

Michelmores’ prestigious Property Awards competition is returning in 2024, marking 21 years of celebrating the best property, development and construction projects in the South West with a new category that champions regeneration projects in the region. Entries to the Awards are now open.

The Awards, which have long-championed sustainability and innovation, place social, environmental, sustainable and economic values at the heart of it’s judging criteria. These attributes are considered to be just as important as a project’s aesthetics and purpose.

This year, the Awards...

Receiving the award from Rory Bremner

Unsung heroes recognised at national Family Law Awards

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Mon, 12/04/2023 - 5:30pm

A hardworking behind-the-scenes team from The Family Law Company has been recognised as the Legal Support Team of the Year at the prestigious Family Law Awards 2023.

The Costings Team comprising Polly Hall, Maureen Craddock and Kim May, provides vital support for legal aid cases handled by lawyers at The Family Law Company. The importance of the impact of their combined skills, including expertise, thoroughness and patience, cannot be underestimated.

Legal aid is potentially available for clients who are on a very low income and who otherwise would not be able to have legal...

Gold for SW specialist at British Travel Awards

Months shy of its fifth anniversary, Exeter-based, self-catering specialist, Luxury Coastal , was awarded Gold at last night’s British Travel Awards scooping first place for Best Small Company for UK Holiday Home Rentals 2023. The Devon-based independent – which hosts 30,000 guests a year in the south west - was awarded the top spot at a gala dinner in London, fighting-off fierce competition from more established rivals and well-known holiday companies.

Luxury Coastal Managing Director, Phil Beattie, says: “We are delighted to have achieved the top spot in less than five years of...

InExeter Invites You to Celebrate 'Indie ExeMas' this Christmas Season

As Christmas approaches, the city of Exeter is brimming with festive cheer, and InExeter, the Business Improvement District for Exeter, is excited to extend an invitation to all residents and visitors to experience an 'Indie ExeMas' this year.

This Christmas, we encourage everyone to step out into the heart of Exeter and explore the array of offerings from our independent businesses. 'Indie ExeMas' is not just a shopping spree; it's an opportunity to support local entrepreneurs, discover unique, handcrafted, and locally sourced gifts, and immerse yourself in the spirit of the...

Photo about equity investment in Exeter-based Binit by the South West Investment Fund

£200m South West Investment Fund announces first major deal

Authored by Jason Clark
Posted: Thu, 11/30/2023 - 11:55pm

The British Business Bank’s £200 million South West Investment Fund has announced its first major equity deal with a £500,000 equity investment in Exeter-based tech-led commercial waste and recycling business Binit.

The deal is part of a £750,000 funding round led by the South West Investment Fund appointed fund manager The FSE Group and includes co-funding of £250,000 from private equity investor Yeo Valley Associates.

The South West Investment Fund was launched in July this year by the government-backed British Business Bank to boost the supply of early-stage finance to...

Automotive female-only advice option scoops industry innovation award

Carparison win Best Marketing and Innovation award for the third year in a row.

For the third year in a row, Exeter-based Carparison have scooped the Best Marketing and Innovation Award at the Leasing Broker Federation Awards.

The Leasing Broker Federation Awards are an annual event recognising the best of the UK’s vehicle leasing industry.

Held this year in the Phoenix Arts Club in the heart of London’s glittering West End, Carparison secured the win thanks to the innovation of the female-only sales line, rolled out earlier this year for a successful three-...

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