Exeter City Council Backs City’s Digital and Tech Communities

Exeter is fast becoming known for its thriving technology and digital sectors and Exeter City Council has taken further steps to uphold this, pledging its support to Digital Exeter and Tech Exeter CIC. Digital Exeter and Tech Exeter are sister communities aimed at those who work in and around cutting-edge technology, bringing together like-minded people to support the sector’s growth in the city. Run by Kris Sum and Rob J Glover, the organisation’s core responsibilities include co-ordinating regular events for the 2000+ community members, including free monthly meet-ups with lightning talks and networking sessions, as well as providing training, workshops […]

Why the Bus Station Redevelopment Must Still Go Ahead

Councillor Philip Bialyk, from Exeter City Council, spoke about the Bus Station redevelopment to around 70 local business people at the most recent Southernhay Breakfast Club. Phil, an Exeter man who worked on the buses himself for some time, gave a passionate talk about how plans for a new leisure centre and bus station were essential to the city. He said that Exeter City Council’s vision was simple; the 53 year old bus station desperately needs replacing and, instead, they want a new, iconic and eco-friendly building at the gateway to the city centre. He is committed to providing facilities that can be accessed by as many people as possible. He […]

Flybe Announces More Flights For Winter From Exeter

Leading regional airline to continue weekend service to London City with re-timed flights for convenient weekend travel   Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has added more flights to its 2017/18 Winter schedule from Exeter. It has confirmed that its popular weekend flights to and from London City Airport will continue operating on Saturdays and Sundays through to March 2018 with more convenient timings to better suit leisure travel.  The enhanced schedule also includes extra flights for Christmas and February half term to Paris Charles de Gaulle and to Newcastle, too, to meet customer demand over these busy holiday periods.   FLYBE […]

Securing the Future for Cider Communities

Apples and pears were on the agenda in Westminster last week, at the All Party Parliamentary Cider Group (APPCG) and The National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) autumn reception. With over 150 guests from across the political spectrum and the drinks trade, the event was a great success and a chance to hear more about this historic British industry. As well as talking about the issues of the moment, attendees were able to experience some of the premium brands from across the country, from producers large and small. The cider makers were on hand to explain the details behind the […]

£500,000 for dementia brain research at Exeter

Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) has announced more than £500,000 in funding for researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School to advance understanding of how dementia affects the brain. Announced on World Alzheimer’s Day (Thursday September 21), the charity is investing a total of £577,000 in three leading researchers, to look at different aspects of the cause and progression of dementia. Professor Clive Ballard, Executive Dean of the University of Exeter Medical School, and a leading dementia researcher, said: “Dementia is key area of our research focus at Exeter, and continues to grow in size and excellence. Our research ranges from […]

When your superhero hangs up their cloak… and you’re left with Mr Bean

“I hired someone who, by all accounts—résumé, interviews, references—should have been a superstar; some kind of superhero who could transform our business! What went wrong?” This is a scenario I often hear when talking to business owners and sales managers; they think they’ve hired Superman but end up with Mr. Bean! Is it one you can relate to? For the first few months perhaps the ‘superstar’ lived up to your high expectations. But then it happened; their performance dropped and they lost their ‘sheen’. It’s not uncommon for a new hire to start out strong.  But, after the initial excitement […]


Leading regional airline re-commits to ongoing sponsorship of successful rugby team as it starts defence of Aviva Premiership Crown Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has extended its long-standing sponsorship of Exeter Chiefs, the current holders of the prestigious Aviva Premiership Crown, so the team’s shirts will continue to feature the carrier’s distinctive logo on the back and on signboards around the pitch. The renewed deal was announced by Flybe Chief Executive Officer, Christine Ourmieres-Widener at the home of the Exeter Chiefs during an event held at Sandy Park on Thursday 21st September 2017 at which she was the guest speaker. […]


Wine connoisseurs are in for a treat this Autumn as award-winning Lyme Bay Winery is opening its doors over the next few weeks to the general public and offering guided viewings of the harvest process in Devon. Watch the most skilled and passionate wine makers showcase the best English wine produced in the region. Subject to the timing of the procedures themselves, an experienced member of the winery team will be on hand throughout the day to walk visitors through the grapes being received, crushed, de-stemmed and pressed.  The viewings will culminate with an opportunity to taste the range of […]

Five Tiverton Apprentices Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

Five talented apprentices who work in Tiverton for linear motion expert HepcoMotion have been shortlisted for prestigious regional apprentice awards at this year’s EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. The apprentices are all in the running for manufacturing apprentice awards. The shortlisted apprentices are: Calum Hutcheon, 19, from Tiverton, first year marketing apprentice at HepcoMotion Jenny Spence, 17, from Tiverton, first year sales apprentice at HepcoMotion Robert Hardie, 25, from Tiverton, final year engineering apprentice at HepcoMotion Steven Anderson, 19, from Minehead, first year engineering apprentice at HepcoMotion Tobias Cowan, 19, from Sampford Peverell, first year engineering apprentice at HepcoMotion They were […]

University and Exeter Chiefs to offer rugby PhD

The University of Exeter has teamed up with Exeter Chiefs rugby club to fund a PhD study into the injury risks facing young rugby players. The fully funded PhD student will investigate risk factors for injuries in Exeter Chiefs academy players. The results will be used to inform the way training is carried out, and possibly for other interventions to help aspiring rugby stars. “This exciting new development demonstrates the ongoing commitment of Exeter Chiefs to invest in research to ensure that scientific evidence underpins how they develop and sustain young players” said Dr Sharon Dixon, of the University of Exeter, […]