Thousands of UK Companies Now Able to Benefit From FREE Business Services & Advice

Tens of thousands of UK Chamber members now have the opportunity to benefit from unlimited access a range of essential business support services thanks to an exclusive new partnership between British Chambers of Commerce and Qdos Consulting, of The Qdos Group. These business services offer all members of participating Chambers protection and peace of mind in times of constant legislation change and disruption. Member businesses are now able to access five advice lines (covering HR, legal, health & safety, and tax), not to mention a document library containing 750 free and downloadable business help template documents. The partnership also allows thousands of businesses to benefit from up […]

Cofton Holidays Chosen For Devon Tourism Award Finalists

Devon’s leading tourism businesses have been chosen for the finals of the Devon Tourism Awards, which will be presented at a prestigious ceremony on 23rd November 2017. This year saw a record of 205 entries and an increase of 25 categories in the competition which is now in its 8th year following its launch in 2010.  76 finalists were selected all of whom will be in suspense until 23rd November when they will learn whether they have won Gold, Silver, Bronze or special awards. Local business Cofton Holidays, which has previously won Gold at the Devon Tourism Awards and went […]

Local Business Raises £2,600 for the Alzheimer’s Society

Bruce Archibold – and the team at Isca Barum Insurance Brokers Ltd. – have succeeded in comfortably beating his fundraising target of £2000 for the Alzheimer’s Society, with a total to date of £2600 – with donations still coming in! Bruce completed his challenge of making a beautiful coffee table and 5 bowls in just one week – a brilliant effort, involving a lot of hard work. These were auctioned on eBay and raised £600. This together with the money donated to his JustGiving page and the funds raised by the Isca Barum team on the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk […]

One Year On: The Royal Clarence

Hotel Owner’s Media statement: The Royal Clarence, Exeter  (25 October 2017) Reflecting on a year since the fire which tragically destroyed The Royal Clarence Hotel, John Badley, Regional General Manager and in charge of the hotel on the night, has been reflecting on his memories of the events of 28 October 2016. John comments, “It’s hard to believe the fire was a year ago.  In some ways, the memories for both myself, and the city, seem so recent, so it’s hard to believe it’s been a year already.  Work until now has been mostly to make the site safe and […]

Tiverton Cider Company – Aston Manor Cider Named Best In The World

Aston Manor Cider, the UK’s largest independent cider maker, which has a production site in Tiverton, has been lauded at a prestigious international award with its premium cider, Knights Malvern Gold, being named one of the best ciders in the world. Knights Malvern Gold, the cider maker’s premium Herefordshire cider, was hailed as the World’s Best Non-Sparkling Cider by the expert judges of the World Cider Awards. The World Cider Awards is an international competition that selects the very best in all the recognised styles of cider. Knights Malvern Gold had already been named the Best British (non-sparkling) cider in the […]

The Power of ‘Why’ – Exclusive Grow Exeter Interview with James Caan

James Caan is, arguably, the most experienced businessman in the UK today.  From his humble beginnings in London’s East End, he has built a reputation as a man of integrity, of honesty and of heart.  A founder and chairman of government initiative Start Up Loans, James has helped entrepreneurs to start over 28,000 businesses; some of whom have gone on to create substantial personal wealth. We caught up with the people’s Dragon, at his home in Monaco, to talk disruption, attracting talent and the importance of investing in yourself.   Written by Tracey Duke Let’s start off James, with a […]


One of the most respected financial planning businesses in the South West has further strengthened its team with two key appointments at its Exeter office. Chartered Financial Planner, Andy Hammond, joins the senior management team at Francis Clark Financial Planning (FCFP) from Nottingham-based solicitors, Nelsons, where he was Head of Investment Management. Andy specialises in managing corporate client relationships, particularly concerning the accumulation of tax-efficient funds for retirement and ensuring that business leaders and their families are protected. Matt Tonkin, a Para planner who previously worked with the Tilney Group, also joins the Exeter office boosting the firm’s technical services […]


An international trade event has been held in Exeter to demonstrate the city’s world class facilities and thriving economy to potential customers worldwide. More than 30 Exeter firms joined representatives from the Department of International Trade (DIT) and Exeter City Council to discuss the potential for new markets post-Brexit. In recent years, Exeter has flourished and is part of the ‘leading pack’ of cities that boast economies that have grown by at least one-fifth since 2011. The top five cities include Aldershot (32%), Oxford (25%), Cambridge (23%), Exeter (20%) and London (20%). Cllr Rachel Sutton, Lead Councillor for Economy at […]


Hollywell Housing Trust, the Exeter based charity which helps vulnerable adults to live independently, is celebrating a bumper 2017 by hosting its first ever Christmas fundraising ball. The black-tie event in December will be held at Rockbeare Manor, near Exeter and will celebrate some of Hollywell’s biggest achievements of 2017. Local companies are also invited to get involved, by bringing along their staff and colleagues to enjoy this evening of first-class food and live music, and to enjoy their own Christmas ‘do’ with a difference. The Trust will also welcome some of our tenants, carers and families to the event. […]


Leading regional airline attracts top airline executive to join senior management team. Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, is pleased to announce that Roy Kinnear who is currently CEO of Air Seychelles will be joining the company as its new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) with effect from January 2018. In his new role, he will report directly to Flybe’s CEO and be a member of Flybe’s Executive Committee. He will have overall responsibility for heading up the airline’s commercial activities with its Revenue Management, Network, Scheduling, Ancillary, Sales, Marketing, e-commerce, Customer Care and Loyalty teams all reporting to him. Mr Kinnear possesses […]