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Institute of Technology Digital and Data Centre at Exeter College Gets the Green Light

The South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT) Digital and Data Centre at Exeter College has been signed off as part of a wider plan to revolutionise digital, engineering and manufacturing technology education across the region. The new £11million building will be at the heart of the college and located on its Hele Road site in what is great news for the college, city and region.  




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New installation unveiled at Killerton to highlight effects of climate change

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2019 - 8:52am

From global climate strikes led by Greta Thunberg to forest fires, environmental issues have never been so topical. Although many of us know we need to make sustainable changes, it can be difficult to grasp what the effects of climate change will look like, if we don’t take action.

But now, a new installation at Killerton in Broadclyst, Devon is offering visitors the chance to travel into the future to 2050 and experience the impact of climate change for themselves. 

Energy Hair to.become one of the largest hair salons in the UK

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/16/2019 - 9:19pm

Luxurious hair salon, Energy Hair will become one of the largest hair salons in the UK since acquiring further space at their salon at Darts Farm near Topsham, Devon. The ambitious expansion plans are already underway collaborating with international family-owned haircare brand, Keune for a unique hairdressing facility. A purpose-built training and education area is currently being constructed with up to 1000 education delegates expected through the doors each year after the launch in mid-November.

Where does Exeter stand in the UK economy?

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Wed, 10/16/2019 - 8:31am

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.

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.