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Azets South Molton bolsters team with four promotions

Following a period of growth, Azets, the UK’s largest regional accountancy firm and business advisor to SMEs, has announced four promotions in the South Molton office.

Lewie Parker , Carl Power and Georgia Bere have all been promoted to Assistant Manager, having each been with the company for over five years and individually passing the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) exams. Lewie, Carl and Georgia will all be responsible for clients of their own across multiple service offerings such as tax and bookkeeping, within a variety of industries.


Launch hires sales director to continue growth in 2022 

Exeter-based paid media agency, Launch, has appointed Stephanie Iles as Sales Director. Steph joins the agency from SearchStar (now Adapt Worldwide), where she worked for over 5 years as a New Business Director.

Steph will help Launch to reach new prospects, aligning the agency’s services with individual business goals, and being a first port of call for brands to learn more about how Launch can help them achieve their aims with clever digital strategy and paid media.

Steph says: “I’ve worked and travelled across the world during my career, but my heart is in the South...

247 Property Auctions announce a new member of the Team

Authored by Amy_Helm
Posted: Tue, 01/18/2022 - 8:48pm

Scott Gray, founder of 247 Property Auctions , is pleased to announce a new member is joining the growing team.

Scott explains: “Entering into our 2nd full year of business, I am excited to expand the team at 247 Property Auctions. Stuart Rintoul joins us with over 20 years experience in the South West property industry. With an extensive network and knowledge of the West Country property market, we are very much looking forward to having Stuart on board for what is shaping up to be a busy year ahead.”

Stuart has been involved in the property market for nearly two decades....

Launch of Devon’s £9.3m Community Renewal Fund programme

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 01/18/2022 - 6:11pm

Team Devon partners are embarking on the UK’s largest Community Renewal Fund programme.

Devon County Council’s successful bid on behalf of the Team Devon partnership to the Community Renewal Fund was announced by the Government in late November, with the £9.3 million funding allocation the largest in the UK for a single area.

The investment will support 13 innovative projects over the next six months, including a range of employment and training, environmental and community investment across Devon through to mid-2022.

In total, the £9.3m programme is expected to...

OnBuy reveals new Bournemouth HQ as it continues to drive the ‘Silicon Beach’ tech start-up scene

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 01/18/2022 - 5:12pm

UK-based online marketplace, OnBuy , continues to support the Southwest, announcing a deal for new office space in Bournemouth Town Centre.

The move follows an incredible year of growth for the eCommerce innovator, resulting in a need to scale up its headquarters to accommodate the influx of new employees joining the company. After a recruitment drive that mirrors its impressive company growth, OnBuy has seen its team expand from a humble few to more than 100 members. Furthermore, this number continues to rise after the launch of its employee equity scheme in December 2021,...

Have your say on changes to Cranbrook Plan

Have your say on proposed changes to the Cranbrook Plan which will help shape the future of the town and as it grows for the next decade.

Residents have six weeks, from today (Monday, 17 January) until Monday, 28 February, to share their views on proposed changes to the document.

The Cranbrook Plan identifies sites in the town and the surrounding areas which will be used for housing and employment developments, as well as facilities like new schools, sport areas and community buildings.

It will also help to secure financial contributions towards healthcare...

Government support and expert advice for tackling the talent shortage

Authored by Astley Media
Posted: Tue, 01/18/2022 - 11:40am

A recent survey of the South West tech sector commissioned by Tech South West revealed that over half of tech companies in the region are finding it impossible or very difficult to recruit.

This is perhaps par for the course given the meteoric growth of the region’s tech sector, which has seen an increase in Venture Capital investment of over 500% since 2016 and a corresponding boom in job roles to fill.

Tech companies are also increasingly forced to compete with national companies for homegrown talent, as remote working makes it easier for people in the region to work for...

South West agency seeing early 2022 surge

Authored by Astley Media
Posted: Tue, 01/18/2022 - 10:04am

South West-based marketing and PR agency Astley Media has welcomed four new clients to its portfolio of regional and national brands.

South West Business Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, the Heart of the South West LEP and software development company CoreBlue, have joined the award-winning agency in 2022 to develop their marketing, brand, and communications.

South West Business Council is working with Astley Media to help their members grow their businesses, and position the South West as a place where brilliant, innovative businesses can thrive, and a place...

Foot Anstey completes Coca Cola HQ acquisition worth £43.6m for Sidra Capital

The Islamic Finance team at national law firm, Foot Anstey LLP, has advised the Saudi based investment management firm Sidra Capital on a strategically aligned real estate acquisition worth £43.6m. This is the latest acquisition Foot Anstey's Islamic Finance team has advised Sidra on, having acted for the firm in 2021 on a real estate acquisition worth £19m.

In this latest deal, Sidra Capital has acquired Coca Cola Uxbridge Head Quarters for £43.6m, a prime located, 122,000 sq. ft., office asset let to Coca-Cola Europacific Partners PLC and representing a 7% net initial yield....

Helping local, family-run businesses thrive 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/17/2022 - 10:31pm

A young, female entrepreneur, who recently took over the family business from her Mum, has launched a programme to help other youngsters prepare for running their family business.

The South West is home to thousands of family-run businesses. In fact 92.1% of ALL private firms here are family-owned - the highest concentration in the country. Chances are, most people reading this article are part of a family business or work with one on a regular basis.

When you say ‘family business’ it conjures up images of personal service, quality and trustworthiness. Cider makers, farm...

University Accelerator partners with enterprise hub to boost Devon startups

Startup and potential high growth businesses in Devon are set to receive a new year boost following the collaboration between the University of Exeter SETsquared Exeter programme and the Node Enterprise Centre .

The partnership will see SETsquared Exeter work together with Node’s startup support experts to strengthen its offering and grow its network, reaching out to more potential business founders across the region.

This comes as part of the University of Exeter Enterprise Zone project. Made possible due to funding from the ERDF, it has boosted the expansion of its...