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Lympstone Manor wins best hotel in Food Reader Awards 2022

Chef Michael Caines and the team at Lympstone Manor are thrilled to have won Best Hotel in the Food Reader Awards 2022. Championing the South West’s best independent food and drink businesses, the Food Reader Awards were celebrated with a ceremony at Windslade Manor on Monday 27th June. Following over 100,000 nominations and votes, Lympstone Manor made it to the final with support from over 10,000 readers of FOOD Magazine. The Devon-based hotel beat out a shortlist of four finalists for Best Hotel, an award sponsored by Ellis Wines. In response to the win, Michael Caines MBE said “I’m a...

Three new partner promotions at Bishop Fleming

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thu, 06/16/2022 - 10:46pm

Leading accounting, audit, tax, and advisory firm Bishop Fleming has announced the latest round of promotions to its partner group.

Anna Averis, Mark Munro, and Richard Harborne have been appointed to the partnership with immediate effect, taking the firm’s group to 37 following the recent addition of Len Dean, Partner and Head of VAT, Martyn Fraser, Corporate Finance Partner and Peter Ball, Tax Partner.

Anna Averis is People Director with strategic and operational responsibility for Bishop Fleming’s people team. Anna said: “I am delighted to join the partnership at a...

Foot Anstey advises on the sale of Totnes-based Naturesave Policies

National Law firm, Foot Anstey LLP has advised the shareholders of Naturesave Policies Ltd, the UK's leading green and ethical insurance provider, on its sale to Lloyd & Whyte Ltd, the Taunton-based financial planning and specialist insurance service company.

Founded 28 years ago, Naturesave Policies has won awards for its top ethical rating insurance by the Good Shopping Guide and the Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable development.

In 1995, Naturesave Policies created the Naturesave Trust, its own registered charity. Naturesave Insurance has donated over £1...

Wickhams Shortlisted at Esteemed International Wine Challenge Merchant Awards UK 2022

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 06/12/2022 - 10:39pm

A Devon-based online business, which was only set up 18 months ago to sell quality wines, has been shortlisted for two awards in a prestigious international competition. Wickhams, which is based in Newton Abbot, has been shortlisted for the International Wine Challenge (IWC) Merchant Awards UK 2022, in the 'Online Retailer of the Year' and 'Specialist Merchant of the Year England' categories. The awards celebrate the most successful small and large businesses, delivering outstanding service to wine consumers across the UK.

Wickhams founder, Dan Farrell-Wright, comments: “We are...

Old Mill acquires Brook Financial

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 06/10/2022 - 11:03am

Exeter based wealth management and accountancy firm Old Mill has acquired Ilminster financial outsourcing firm Brook Financial as part of its ambitious growth plans to become the fastest-growing practice in the South West.

The deal is the first of a number of carefully chosen acquisitions that will - alongside organic growth - support Old Mill as it targets 15% pa growth for the next five years, and aims to double the size of the business by 2026.

Brook Financial was launched by husband-and-wife team Alison and Kevin Smith in 2006, to offer a solution for ambitious...

Ban on charging for DIY waste could lead to closure of some recycling centres

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 06/09/2022 - 10:54pm

Some of Devon’s recycling centres could be at risk of closure or operate with reduced hours if Government proposals to ban charging for DIY waste get the green light.

That’s the warning from Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s (DCC) Cabinet Member for Public Health, Communities and Equality, who is also responsible for waste services.

DCC operates a network of 19 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) across the County and Cllr Croad’s warning follows Government proposals in April to stop charges at HWRCs for all DIY-related waste such as rubble, bricks,...

Ashfords appoints new corporate head as deal volume grows

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 06/09/2022 - 9:56pm

UK law firm Ashfords has appointed Partner Rory Suggett as head of the firm’s corporate team. Rory takes over the role from Andrew Betteridge who continues as the firm’s wider commercial services division head and Executive Board member. Rory starts the role with immediate effect

Rory has been at Ashfords since 2007. He has extensive experience in venture capital, private equity and M&A, acting for companies and institutional investors as they seek to scale businesses as well as serial acquirers. Recent experience includes acting on the sale of Simply Cook to Nestle and...

Optix Solutions Board and Shadow Board

Shadow board provides healthy input into business processes

A forward-thinking Exeter digital marketing agency is reaping the benefits of implementing a shadow board.

Since Optix Solutions created the model over a year ago to ensure succession planning was in place and bring insights from a younger generation into strategic decision making the company has seen impressive growth of around 43 per cent.

“The primary intention is for the shadow board to bridge the gap between the established leadership and team-side employees who can offer fresh thinking and creativity,” explains Optix MD Rob Stevens.

“We realised that the board...

Foot Anstey trainee awarded the Sir George Fowler Award by the Devon and Somerset Law Society

Megan Berry, Trainee Solicitor at Foot Anstey LLP has been awarded the Sir George Fowler Award by the Devon and Somerset Law Society (DASLS) in recognition of scoring the highest mark in the Legal Practice Course (LPC) achieved at any institution in the South West by someone undertaking a training contract in Devon or Somerset.

Megan, who recorded 90% in her LPC from The University of Law, Exeter Campus, in May 2022, received her award from Paul Kelly, DASLS president, as well as a £200 prize. Megan has been a trainee at Foot Anstey since September 2021 and has completed three (...

New net zero carbon centre opens at Exeter Science Park with ceremonial tree planting

Exeter Science Park has marked the official opening of its £5 million George Parker Bidder building, built to net zero carbon standards and supporting over 100 jobs, with a ceremonial tree planting.

14,000 square foot centre, named after the Moretonhampstead-born civil engineer and mathematical prodigy, provides high-quality office and laboratory space for maturing science, technology, engineering, maths and medical (STEMM) businesses.

Tenants of the new building include Remit Zero, Securious, Edson Tiger, Rx-info, Quanterra Systems, Concept First and Dashboard,...

James Hopkins of NABC: ‘I tell my staff this is the toughest thing they’ve ever done’

After winning 2021 & 2022 Corporate Live South West Awards founder James Hopkins told Marcus Hepping what lies behind the success. James Hopkins is not the kind of person to do anything slowly. He speaks quickly, gesticulating to emphasise each point he makes; he thinks quickly; and, above all, he does business quickly. "NABC, the company the former Educational International Business Manager founded in 2016, is growing by rapidly. Last year, it took a successful step up step throughout the pandemic and is expecting to turn over 300K by the end of 2022. "That growth has yielded a slew...

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