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Where does Exeter stand in the UK economy?

Since Roman times, Exeter has been an important centre for trade and that is still the case. As one of just two urban centres in the county it has a strong local base, able to attract both workers and consumers from a considerable area beyond its borders, while the fact that it’s within easy commuting distance of London (with much lower overheads) makes it an attractive site for large companies. It is its small businesses, however, which have really driven it forward in recent years, and which, together with its capacity for innovation, make the future look bright for the city.

David Banks



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Former BBC Dragon announced as a keynote speaker at South West Business Expo

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/16/2019 - 8:18am

With the South West Business Expo just around the corner, the organisers at South West Business Connections have announced details of the keynote speakers for UK’s 2nd largest business show, taking place at Westpoint Arena on Wednesday 20 November. 

Though the list of key figures is diverse, all speakers have one thing in common: they’re all intimately aware of the great potential in the south west’s business community. 

Flybe heads into new era as Virgin Connect

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 10/15/2019 - 2:15pm

Connect Airways CEO, Mark Anderson, was joined today by over 200 Flybe leaders for the long-awaited unveiling of the airline’s new name as it enters a new era as an independent company under the Virgin brand with the name, Virgin Connect.

This marks the beginning of Flybe’s journey into the future as part of the extended Virgin family with an overall re-brand scheduled to be completed next year. 

Devon Businesses in the Final of the UK Digital Entrepreneurs Awards 2019

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 10/15/2019 - 2:10pm

Plymouth based brand communications agency, Just Enough Brave, in collaboration with Marvellous PR have been announced as finalists in The UK Digital Entrepreneur Awards, celebrating the best digital talent in the UK.

The two companies devised a marketing campaign for Helmores Estate Agents in Crediton and have been selected for the Social Media Campaign of the Year. 

L-R: Stephen Mariadas (SWIOT CEO), Andy Correy (Babcock, Head of Production), Prof Janice Kay (Provost of the University of Exeter)

Partners sign multi-million pound deal for South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT)

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 10/15/2019 - 10:13am

A multimillion pound partnership that will revolutionise digital technology education across the South West has been given the green light.

Partners involved in the South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT), including the University of Exeter, have signed an agreement that will trigger  significant new investment for the region.

The new Institute of Technology will train thousands of students in technical subjects across the South West region, bringing unparalleled new skills development and career opportunities.

Dan Sandhu, CEO, Sparx and Simon Lebus

Sparx welcomes Simon Lebus as Chair of its board 

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 10/15/2019 - 10:06am

Sparx, the socially focused learning technology company, has today announced the appointment of Simon Lebus as Chair of its board. Simon’s appointment comes at a pivotal point for the company which recently welcomed award-winning HegartyMaths into the Sparx family, announced a further £20 million investment and has expanded internationally into three continents. Simon Lebus will play a key role in navigating these developments and helping to guide Sparx on its mission to improve numeracy for over five million learners by 2030.  

Co-founder of Children in the Middle, Elizabeth McCallum, who is a family barrister, with fellow barrister and the legal practice’s other co-founder Sarah Evans.

New legal service launches to give parents direct access to barristers

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Tue, 10/15/2019 - 9:53am

A NEW legal service has launched  giving separating or divorcing parents wishing to make arrangements to see their children direct access to barristers to represent them in and outside of court.

The recently formed Children in the Middle is the only practice solely specialising in this line of work nationally in the UK.

 Ben Hodson who has been appointed marketing director at

Leading online builders' merchant appoints new marketing director to further grow its brand

Authored by Paula_D
Posted: Tue, 10/15/2019 - 9:04am

A leading Plymouth-based online builders' merchant, which is fast becoming a disruptor in the construction materials market, has signalled further expansion with the announcement of its latest senior appointment., which recently celebrated 220% growth in just three years with turnover predicted to grow to £50m in 2019, has appointed Ben Hodson, who hails from the South West, as its new marketing director to help take the brand to the next level.

Flooring Superstore, Newton Abbot

Local charity to benefit from support of new store

Authored by NeilShaefer
Posted: Mon, 10/14/2019 - 7:52pm

A flooring retailer has marked the opening of its new £100,000 store in Newton Abbot by pledging its support for a local mental health support charity.

Flooring Superstore opened on the Kingsteignton Trading Estate, Pottery Road, in September.

The official opening was carried out by representatives of Step One Charity, which supports people to manage their mental health, achieve employment goals and live more independently.

Tracking: The formula to boost your business

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Mon, 10/14/2019 - 8:01am

As a business, managing a fleet, keeping a close eye on where your drivers are and how they’re navigating the road is important. In fact, there are countless reasons why vehicle tracking is a positive introduction when it comes to keeping your vehicles and equipment safe and deterring thieves while boosting your business is a big aspect too. 

County Council Reuse Officer wins national award for 'outstanding contribution to recycling

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 10/14/2019 - 8:00am

Devon County Council’s Reuse Project Officer Catherine Causley has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to recycling at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

Catherine was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Recycling Award 2019 at the recent annual Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) Conference in Birmingham.

The LARAC represents local government recycling officers across the UK.