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Fisher German

Leading Exeter property consultancy shortlisted for prestigious award

A leading Exeter property consultancy has been shortlisted for a prestigious award which celebrates excellence in undergraduate employability.

Fisher German, which has an office in Exeter, has been announced as a finalist for the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards’ ‘Best Development Programme’ award.

The award recognises employers who offer students development programmes that improve both technical and soft skills, as well as empowering them to be more effective and successful employees.

Fisher German was shortlisted in recognition of its...

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Azu Spirits

Devon spirit tasting company launches with local twist

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Sun, 01/03/2021 - 8:20pm

A new whisky and gin tasting company has launched in Devon, shining the spotlight on the region’s finest drinks and distilleries.

Based in Exeter, Azu Spirits is a premium spirits tasting brand, delivering a blind tasting experience straight to customers’ doors.

The company’s local gin tasting box features selected gins from Atlantic Distillery, Conker, Curio, Papillon, Pothecary and Wrecking Coast, showcasing some of the South West’s finest distilleries.

Ellen Gibson, founder of Azu Spirits, said: “Being based in Devon, we’re privileged to have some of the...

Octopus Renewables, RES

RES commits to new Exeter site for Octopus Renewables solar spares

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 12/31/2020 - 3:13pm

RES and Octopus Renewables have signed a three-year spares management contract which will see RES supply inverter spares for the clean energy investor’s solar assets in the UK.

The agreement requires RES to own over 1000 spare parts that are compatible with Octopus Renewables’ inverter fleet and deliver these on-demand within a guaranteed time period. This provides substantial availability improvement and commercial advantage for 640 MW of Octopus’ UK solar portfolio.

To support this and other recent growth, RES opened an operations and maintenance (O&M) site in...

Devon-based chartered accountant appears in Leaders Council podcast alongside Lord Blunkett

Authored by Glen King PR
Posted: Thu, 12/31/2020 - 1:17pm

Chartered accountant David Park, a partner at Haines Watts (Exeter and Crediton) was invited on to an episode of The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland regular podcasts, including an interview with former Home Secretary and Education Secretary Lord Blunkett.

The Leaders Council chaired by Lord Blunkett, brings together business leaders, politicians, and influencers across the UK. The Council’s goal is to celebrate the achievements of the nation’s unsung leaders, while laying the ground for the next generation. Leaders Council members are invited to take part in...

New contractors to roll out fibre broadband across region

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 12/23/2020 - 3:07pm

Three companies have been selected to roll-out full fibre broadband networks on behalf of the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme, backed by Government funding. Airband, Truespeed and Wessex Internet will be installing full fibre broadband across Devon and Somerset to more than 56,000 rural homes and businesses over the next four years. The combined public and private sector investment of around £80million will be in the vanguard of the Government’s ambitions to build a Gigabit capable network across the UK. The three companies all have experience of working in the region and,...

Growth Support Programme launches initiative to support economic recovery

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 12/22/2020 - 11:17pm

The Heart of the South West Growth Support Programme (GSP) is launching its new “Adapt + Revive” initiative which aims to equip businesses in the region with vital digital skills to help support economic recovery. Businesses across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay will be offered support and training focusing on digital marketing, e-commerce and website management through the scheme. A number of training webinars are also being aimed specifically at businesses operating in the tourism, food and drink and retail sectors. Since the Heart of the South West Growth Support Programme...

Broadband, Technological

Rural communities benefit from voucher scheme investment

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 12/21/2020 - 11:24pm

Rural communities in mid Devon and west Somerset have received a huge boost to their broadband, thanks to Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) in partnership with Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Exeter based broadband provider Technological. A £350,000 investment through the Rural Gigabit Voucher scheme and CDS’ Community Challenge Programme has enabled Technological to deliver a full fibre network to over 180 premises in a number of hard to reach rural areas – with a further 400 in construction and 120 scheduled to be connected early next year. The full-fibre...

Berry Recruitment

High number of returns this Christmas means new year jobs for temp workers

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 12/21/2020 - 9:53pm

Temporary workers will remain in demand throughout January due to the number of people returning Christmas presents, a leading recruiter has said.

Typically around 25-30 percent of items bought online are sent back, and this is likely to rise in the new year.

Berry Recruitment, which works from nearly 40 branches across England and Wales and has a branch in Exeter, said various roles are required to deal with returns.

It also means the predicted drop in employment rates expected in January could be delayed.

Lee Gamble, managing director of Berry...


Exeter's Sancho's wins High Street Shop of 2020 Award

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 12/21/2020 - 9:05pm

Exeter’s Sancho’s , founded by Kaldidan Legesse & Vidmantas Markevicius, has won the High Street Shop of 2020 Award in the inaugural Holly & Co The Independent Awards 2020 , winning an incredible, life-changing £10,000 cash prize.

Sancho’s was amongst 50,000 UK small businesses nominated for The Independent Awards 2020 via the Instagram community , and was announced a winner at the virtual Holly & Co Independent Awards ceremony on Thursday 17 December 2020, following a public vote & by impressing the expert panel judges including Mark Constantine OBE,...

building, National Association of Building Contractors

NABC unveils growth plans and recruitment drive for 2021

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 12/18/2020 - 5:23pm

Following a successful year and partnerships with companies such as HBXL, Trade Direct Insurance and BuildSafe Escrow Services – NABC – one of The UKs fastest growing construction trade associations unveils its ambitious growth plans and recruitment drive for 2021, as it heads towards new milestone.

James Hopkins, CEO, NABC, comments: “The demand for our service is increasing rapidly, especially post Brexit and the residential construction industry is under extreme pressure to reduce the number of rogue builders.

"We have recently had agrowing number of calls for us to...

Tech South West StartUp Studio

New Growth Programme for early StartUps launched in South West

Authored by Astley Media
Posted: Fri, 12/18/2020 - 2:40pm

StartUp Studio , a growth programme for early stage tech startups in the South West of England, has been launched.

Tech South West has teamed up with virtual accelerator Activate and startup advisor Skowt Consulting to provide fully-funded opportunities for up to 30 pre-seed companies a year to progress their business through the programme, and then pitch to regional, UK and global investors.

Tech South West operates across the region to support the tech sector, with over 2500 members, and works with the likes of Engine Shed Bristol, Plymouth Science Park and TechSPARK....