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Devon firm raises $375,000 and develops AI solutions for the Dallas Cowboys’ fan base – revolutionising how live events are viewed

Devon innovator raises $375,000 and partners with iconic US sporting brands. The business is now valued at $7m.

A Devon-based fan engagement company, is delivering AI solutions for domestic and international sports brands including Hampshire Cricket, Harlequins RFC, The Dallas Cowboys, The San Francisco 49ers and The US Tennis Open. The company has also partnered with US sport agency, Wasserman.

Andy Doyle, Co-Founder of Filmily , describes a typical use case with the Dallas Cowboys: “We integrate with the club’s app which shows a spectacular touchdown and encourages fans to...

Stagecoach South West announces appointment of new operations director

Stagecoach appoints new Operations Director to manage SW bus routes

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 06/02/2021 - 12:50pm

Stagecoach South West has announced the appointment of new operations director, Katie Wagstaff to join their senior management team.

Katie began her career as a graduate trainee at Stagecoach South in 2014 and has since worked in various management roles within the Stagecoach London business and was previously Operations Manager for Basingstoke. She will be responsible for the South West operations which includes 917 drivers and 348 buses and coaches spanning over 111 routes and over 16 million miles a year. She replaces Paul Clark, who left at the end of May 2021 to take a new...

Simon Jupp MP shows support for Devon cider

Simon Jupp MP shows support for Devon cider

The impact from COVID and a government review of how cider is taxed was the focus for Simon Jupp’s visit to Darts Farm. Simon met with Sandford Orchards owner Barny Butterfield, Michael Dart from Darts Farm and Mark Hopper from the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) at a public event held by Darts Farm.

After being given a tour of Darts Farm’s new restaurant & cidery, The Farm Table, and learning more about the cider industry, Simon listened to concerns about cider makers’ tanks remaining largely blocked with the 2019 and 2020 harvests, which may need to be destroyed...

Exeter hair salon emerges from lockdown with 5-star hygiene rating

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/31/2021 - 11:19pm

A revamped Exeter hair salon has become the city’s first to win the Standards Agency Flagship’s 5-star rating for its standards of hygiene. Futura Hair , in Exeter’s South Street, is emerging from the national lockdown with a new vision for the future.

Founded and run by Nadia Barlaba , Futura Hair, which was formerly The LXS and rebranded during the pandemic, has emerged from a tough period in which a new focus was born out of the need to survive.

Nadia said: “We knew the impact the pandemic would have on the business and the community immediately and so we had to do...

Devon company breaks into Chinese market with sustainable coffee pods

Devon company breaks into Chinese market with sustainable coffee pods

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/31/2021 - 9:10pm

A Devon-based, award-winning coffee pod producer is breaking into the Chinese market with its eco-friendly, compostable coffee capsules made from wood and bark.

Blue Goose’s coffee pods are now selling in China online through the Great British Food Store on the country’s largest social media platform, WeChat.

The Great British Food Store just set up by Business West, one of the UK’s largest Chambers of Commerce, is already selling 20 UK food and drink brands on WeChat which has a user base of 1.2 billion.

Lex Thornley, co-founder of Blue Goose, based in Exeter...

Amazon Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/30/2021 - 1:08am

An Exeter woman has been announced as a finalist at the 2021 Amazon everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards .

After the Covid-19 crisis threw the critical role of transport and logistics into the spotlight as never before, Mel Peirson is one of 66 finalists, and therefore one of the most outstanding individuals working in the industry today.

Mel, who is Service Delivery Leader at Royal Mail in Exeter, has been announced as a finalist for The Supply Chain Award - Leader, which is awarded to a woman who is innovating and excelling in their role within the supply chain...

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Free business ‘finishing school ’ programme for Devon start-ups

New Fully Funded 6 Week Program for Start-ups that are Ready to Launch

Register this weekend to start next week!

Take the Leap is a fully funded six-week training programme from independent charity Devon Communities Together, that is designed to assist aspiring entrepreneurs who already have a fully formed business concept that they are preparing to launch.

The programme will guide participants through the practicalities and technicalities of how to build a business model around their idea and...

Waste firm embraces circular economy with the launch of recycled plastic furniture range

Leading South West independent waste management company DCW has launched a range of outdoor furniture made entirely from waste plastic collected from businesses across the region.

DCW has invested over £25,000 in a new plastic reprocessing line to become the only company in the South West to process waste plastics it collects into recycled furniture. The new equipment, based at the specialist plastic reprocessing plant in Exeter, DCW Polymers, melts the shredded waste plastic and moulds it into posts and planks which are then used to make weatherproof furniture and garden products...

Brewin Dolphin South West funds Defib machine at Exeter library

Brewin Dolphin South West funds defib machine at Exeter Library

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 05/27/2021 - 10:35pm

When Brewin Dolphin associate investment manager James (Jay) Osborne, 28, collapsed and died from sudden cardiac arrest in 2017 caused by an undiagnosed hereditary heart condition, his family and friends established the charity Jay’s AIM to raise awareness of the condition and to reduce the number of young people who die of sudden cardiac death in the South West of England.

James’ colleagues at wealth manager Brewin Dolphin’s Exeter, Plymouth and Truro offices raised over £11,000 for Jay’s AIM through various fundraising activities, with some of the funds going towards having a...

IT Provider Bluegrass Group wins award

Bluegrass Group award win – Best Community IT Provider South West England

Authored by Sarah Bailey
Posted: Tue, 05/25/2021 - 10:58am

Managed Service Provider and South West based IT Experts Bluegrass Group are delighted to announce that they have won Best Community IT Provider South West England in the 2021 UK Enterprise Awards run by SME News.

David Thomas Joint MD comments “2020 was not the year that any of us expected. One of the toughest most businesses have ever experienced in fact. Which is why winning this award means even more to us.

"The Exeter and South West community is our home, it’s incredibly important to us and throughout the pandemic we were determined to support businesses within the...

Investors back Exeter artificial intelligence start-up

Investors back Exeter artificial intelligence start-up aiming to save insurance sector over £500m a year

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/24/2021 - 12:14pm

A new South West business using artificial intelligence to accurately assess risk in the commercial property insurance sector has raised close to £1 million as it launches in the UK and USA.

Founded by entrepreneur and innovator Anthony Peake, Exeter-based Intelligent AI has been backed by investors and the Government through funding from Innovate UK.

The company has developed an online Intelligent Risk platform using 300 real-time data sources ranging from weather and flood risks to crime rates and fire service response times. It could help to save the sector over £500m...
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