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Bristol-based ICON Corporate Finance lead ground-breaking Africa fintech deal

Tech-focused investment bank, Bristol-based ICON Corporate Finance, has advised one of the most significant fintech transactions of its type in recent years. In a landmark deal, ICON acted as lead advisor in the sale of African digital payments provider Beyonic Inc to pan-African cross-border payments platform MSF Africa.

The importance of the transaction lies in its potential to accelerate the development of Africa’s ‘mobile money’ economy, as fintech solutions bring growth to the region’s economies.

ICON played a key role in putting the deal together, sourcing potential...

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Employers urged to consider mental health as employees return to the workplace

Authored by Browne Jacobson
Posted: Tue, 07/21/2020 - 4:03pm

Managing employees experiencing mental ill-health is one of the biggest challenges employers face and never more so than during the current pandemic which has produced for some employees a perfect storm of isolation from colleagues, family and friends, the pressures of managing home working and worries about the future.

Even before the pandemic, research in 2016 and 2017 found that 1 in 6 employees in the UK reported mental ill-health each week and a third of fit notes with a known diagnosis note mental or behavioural disorders as the reason for absence.

Employers will be...

Welsh fabricator to support construction of Exeter Bus Station

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 07/20/2020 - 7:51am

CARDIFF-based aluminium fabricator, Dudley’s Aluminium, has started work on a new project to benefit communities in the south west of England.

Dudley’s Aluminium is currently working with Kier on the development of a new bus station in Exeter. The project, valued at £360,000, is part of a much larger regeneration scheme in the city. The wider development scheme, called St Sidwells Point, also includes the construction of a low-carbon, state of the art leisure centre.

The new bus station will replace the current station which opened in 1964 and will include covered...

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Exeter-based Software Solved hits £3m turnover

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 07/17/2020 - 12:44pm

Software Solved is proud to announce that it has hit its £3m turnover target under the leadership of Managing Director and STEMM ambassador, Lindsay Lucas, who celebrates one year in the position.

Software Solved is an Exeter business with a UK-wide reach and in the last year Lindsay and the Software Solved team have implemented major changes across the business in order to hit the £3m turnover target.

This included, working to establish the values and purpose of the organisation, re-evaluating services to ensure they remain current, expanding the team and skills across...

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Inbetweeners star brings back character for Exeter builders merchant

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 07/16/2020 - 8:27pm

The Inbetweeners star James Buckley has revived his lovable character Jay Cartwright especially for RGB Building Supplies by voicing the builders merchant’s latest series of radio adverts.

In the adverts Jay is trying his hand as a tradesman and, in typical Jay fashion, there’s plenty of embellished bragging during conversations with his builder ‘fwends’. According to Jay, he got a bargain when he bought a left handed hammer and polystyrene nails from a man on the street, has been asked by the Vatican to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, is taking on the renovation of Big...

South Western Railway on the hunt for the UK’s favourite local businesses for the chance to win a business recovery package worth £12,000 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/16/2020 - 11:26am

Local businesses have been some of the hardest hit by COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown, and as restrictions begin to ease it is important now more than ever that we all support them. South Western Railway has today launched a campaign to celebrate local businesses across the region, with three tailored business recovery packages up for grabs.

South Western Railway is asking locals to nominate their favourite local business across the South West, to be given the chance to win one of these packages up to the value of £12,000. Whether it’s the village butcher’s, the local...

Thousands to benefit from new fibre broadband connections

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 07/14/2020 - 11:25am

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has launched its Fibre Extension Programme which will provide more than 8,000 homes and businesses with fibre broadband connections direct to the premises by the end of 2021.

CDS is funding fibre broadband connections to over 6,000 homes and businesses which will be delivered by Airband, and thanks to the high level of take-up of broadband services in the region from previous connectivity delivered by Openreach, CDS is re-investing a £6 million dividend to extend full fibre coverage to over 2,000 premises, again working with Openreach, thanks...

Guardian Homecare creates 100 new care roles in Devon

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Tue, 07/14/2020 - 10:00am

A LEADING care agency in Devon is looking to fill up to 100 care vacancies in the county this month (July 2020).

Guardian Homecare already has more than 200 trained staff across Devon and operates a professional team of highly-skilled, committed individuals providing top quality care to people in their own homes.

Catherine Porter, Manager of Guardian Homecare, which cares for people in the Exeter and Torbay areas, said: “With all the ongoing news regarding job losses, redundancies and businesses closing, we’re thrilled to be able to offer jobs in care with immediate start...

Exeter site manager recognised with top industry award

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 07/13/2020 - 2:58pm

An Exeter-based Taylor Wimpey site manager has been recognised for his dedication to quality housebuilding with a top industry award.

Luke Cox, who oversees work at the Mayfield Gardens development in Monkerton, Exeter, has been awarded a National House-Building Council (NHBC) Pride in the Job Quality Award . The awards recognise an individual’s dedication to building high-quality homes and are presented following a rigorous judging process by NHBC inspectors. This includes assessing the developments throughout the year, giving homebuyers the assurance that Taylor Wimpey’s...

Striking van wrap drives home power partnership in South West

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 07/13/2020 - 2:28pm

South West Truck and Trailer Parts and Banner Batteries are on a drive to promote their developing association throughout the South West. And what better way to do so than via a striking and highly visual van wrap that is set to become a familiar sight amongst Banner’s South West distributor’s customers across Devon and Cornwall.

Operating between the Head Office of South West Truck and Trailer Parts in Launceston, Cornwall and their Plymouth-based Devon branch, the co-branded Citroen Berlingo van features Banner Batteries iconic ‘Wall Street’ bull logo.

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Loganair and Blue Islands partnership to connect UK regions

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:22am

Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, and Blue Islands, the growing Channel Islands-based airline, have formed an extensive partnership to offer their customers a broad new range of regional air connections across the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

The airlines will provide seamless connections between their flights, enabling customers to buy a single ticket to benefit from lower fares and guaranteed connections on a wide range of links between Scotland, the North East and the Isle of Man to the south coast and the Channel Islands.

The new links will...