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Jurassic Fibre appoints Steve Garrood as Chief Commercial Officer

Jurassic Fibre appoints Steve Garrood as Chief Commercial Officer

South West broadband provider, Jurassic Fibre, has welcomed Steve Garrood as Chief Commercial Officer.

Steve joins Jurassic Fibre with over 20 years’ sales and marketing experience working for global network operators in FTTx, FTTC and FTTP networks; mobile telecommunications, OTT and IoT solutions. He has held positions across a range of businesses, from large corporations including T Mobile, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom and Telewest (previously NTL); to start ups such as Truphone, Insightful Technology and FYLD.

Most recently, he was CCO for a Field Force Automation...

Berry Recruitment appoints South West manager

Berry Recruitment appoints South West manager

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 04/05/2021 - 10:56pm

Berry Recruitment has appointed Rebecca Hilling as regional manager for the South West – overseeing branches in Cornwall, Devon and Wales.

The experienced consultant has been with the group since it took over the company she worked for in 2010.

She oversaw the branch’s move from Falmouth to Truro and its expansion to cover the whole of Cornwall.

After a year of lockdowns and Covid restrictions in which the business prospered by supplying temporary workers across numerous sectors, she has been promoted.

Succeeding her in Truro is Katy Thomas who has...

Rendalls joins Old Mill

Financial experts Old Mill acquire 65-year-old Yeovil family accountancy firm

Exeter financial experts Old Mill has acquired Yeovil-based family accountancy firm Ivan Rendall & Co.

Established in 1956 by Mr Ivan Rendall, Rendalls is one of the longest-established accountancy firms in Yeovil and services businesses of all sizes and across a wide range of sectors including agriculture, construction, manufacturing and retail. It is currently run by Ivan’s youngest son Stephen, 61, who has been managing director since 2011.

Stephen needed to find a new home for the business if he was to be able to retire and chose Old Mill because of its people-...

Half UK workforce say women are underrepresented in senior management roles

Half UK workforce say women are underrepresented in senior management roles

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 04/04/2021 - 11:17pm

Discrimination in the workplace is illegal in the UK under the Equality Act 2010, but a new survey suggests that UK employees believe there is still some way to go to improve equality in the workplace.

VBQ Speakers surveyed 1,000 UK adults who are currently employed in the UK to find out what they think about diversity in their workplace.

Half (50%) of those surveyed believed that women are under-represented in senior management roles. Women and men responded roughly the same to this question, with 51% and 47% respectively.

Underrepresentation of women was...

South West SMEs set to invest in tech

Most companies in the South West are set to increase their investment in technology following the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A survey carried out by Exeter-based IT support and tech strategy experts Timewade has revealed that nearly two thirds (63%) of companies have increased investment in the short term to deal with challenges including remote working, cyber security and protecting data, and 50% will continue to increase investment beyond the next 12 months.

The survey also reveals the technology and business challenges faced during the pandemic in the region...

CBI South West appoints Adrian Bratt as new chair

CBI South West appoints Adrian Bratt as new chair

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Tue, 03/30/2021 - 11:50am

The CBI’s South West Regional Council has named Adrian Bratt of Plymouth-based Princess Yachts as its Chair for the next two years.

Adrian, who is a Board Director and holds the position of General Counsel with Princess, takes over from Pennon Chief Executive Susan Davy, who has held the role since 2018.

A governance specialist and commercial lawyer by trade, Adrian joined Princess Yachts in 2017 after operating a national private practice specialising in the manufacturing, retail and energy sectors on behalf of national and multinational firms.

He is a former...

Local shopping trend looks set to continue as Brits support small businesses

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 03/30/2021 - 11:12am

Small local businesses look set to thrive after lockdown as shopping habits have shifted fundamentally across the UK due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to a survey by Barclaycard , 90% of people who started shopped locally intend to continue shopping at local businesses after the pandemic is over.

Travel and lockdown restrictions have led to fundamental changes in the way we shop over the last year. Over 60% of consumers in the UK have opted to support their local economy and shop locally in the past 12 months.

This has led to an increase in spending at...

•	Installing Lightfoot puts Hughes on target to cut CO2 by 1,000 tonnes over 5 years

Chudleigh-based Lightfoot helps leading home entertainment business eradicate dangerous driving, putting it on target to cut CO2 by 1,000 tonnes

Hughes, the country’s second largest provider of home entertainment and kitchen appliance rentals, and the UK’s fourth largest specialist electrical retailer, has succeeded in putting an end to dangerous driving in its fleet thanks to Lightfoot’s trail-blazing in-cab driver coaching technology and rewards platform.

Rolled out across its fleet of 200 vans and 20 cars, Lightfoot’s dashboard-mounted device, combined with its rewards app, has cut harsh acceleration in the Hughes fleet by 56%, harsh breaking by 30% and harsh cornering by 24%. In so doing, Lightfoot’s driver-focused...

The Role of Market Research in your Company's Product Strategy

The Role of Market Research in your Company's Product Strategy

Authored by Xpertoday
Posted: Sun, 03/28/2021 - 8:05pm

Generally, market research involves collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data concerning a specific target market. This market could include products, competitors, consumers, or an entire industry. The primary reason organizations conduct research is to optimize resources such as the time and money they invest in the product development strategy. They also conduct in-depth research to uncover their product-market relevance or even expand their overall target audience.

In-depth marketing research can help companies figure out their product-market fit and identify specific areas...

Exeter developer secured Five Star Status for record 16th consecutive year

Authored by LaurenBluck
Posted: Fri, 03/26/2021 - 10:10am

The McCarthy Stone team in Exeter is celebrating after being awarded a Five Star customer satisfaction rating in an independent survey announced by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) for the 16th year running.

The only developer or housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this accolade each year since the survey launched 16 years ago, McCarthy Stone achieved an overall customer satisfaction score of 93%.

The McCarthy Stone Retirement Living development in Exeter, Pinnoc Mews, has been carefully designed for the over 60’s to provide the very best in independent living...

Two contract wins for Tamar Security

Double contract win for Exeter-based Tamar Security

Exeter-based security business, Tamar Security, has been awarded the fire and security system maintenance contracts for both East Devon District Council (EDDC) and Libraries Unlimited.

Covering EDDC's corporate buildings - 35-plus fire alarms, intruder alarms, hearing loops and CCTV, including the CCTV system within Sidmouth town centre, the three-year maintenance contract was granted to Tamar Security following a competitive tender process.

Simon Allchurch, Facilities Manager at EDDC, said: "The contract was awarded following a rigorous assessment of all the tender...
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