Let’s Talk Finance – Shaun Elliott

Start Up to Scale Up. Raising Venture Capital Written by Shaun Elliott   When it comes to raising capital, entrepreneurs and business owners have more choice than ever before. From traditional business loans or asset and invoice finance, to angel investors and crowdfunding, there are many different options. However, not all of them will be appropriate for all businesses and you need to make sure you are making the right choice for your venture.   What is the best way to borrow money for your business? Which options are best avoided? And how do you ensure that you are investment […]

Catching Up With….. Jodie Bond from Clear Property

Catching Up With….. Jodie Bond from Clear Property Where Do You Live? Exeter Do you have a Partner. Children, or any pets? I have a Fiancé and we have a little boy, Olly Jay, who is 2. How did you get into your business? I met Kelly in my previous job 10 years ago and expressed to her that I would like a change and property was always something I was interested in. Can you tell us a bit about your business? We originally started out as Clear Lettings in 2007. The business grew and we dealt solely with residential and […]

Why The Eskimos Don’t Want Your Ice – Owen Richards

Part 1. Real life sales stories from the MD of Exeter’s leading Business Development agency Each month, I’ll share some of my experiences, opinions and ideas on what bad sales people do so you can be sure to avoid these mistakes. This month we’re starting with the dreaded phrase: “How are you today?” “Hi. It’s Sam calling from ABC, how are you today?” are words that have never inspired me to engage in a conversation with sales person. This phrase reeks of insincerity and I’m bored of being asked this when, to be frank, the answer doesn’t really matter at all. […]


Our top team building activities to get your workforce truly bonded Promotional Feature EXETER COOKERY SCHOOL Exeter Cookery School first opened its doors in the summer of 2016, and has taken the corporate teambuilding world by storm. Owners Jim and Lucy Fisher, and their small but perfectly formed team of professionals, offers businesses the ideal combination of a warm and friendly welcome along with first class facilities to corporate groups looking for a unique teambuilding experience at the heart of Exeter. There is ample parking nearby, and many city centre businesses are just a short walk away. Whether you are […]

Discover the fourth biggest supermarket in the world’s secret to success

The evolution of retail, and the fourth biggest supermarket in the world’s secret to success, will be discussed by two of Lidl UK’s bosses as part of The STEMM Cell presentations being held at Exeter Science Park this autumn.  Luca Ficetola, Lidl UK’s Operations Projects Consultant and Timothy Nyahasha, Head of Administration and Human Resources for the South West of England, will be hosting the talk on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017.  Ever wondered how an exponential rise in online shopping in recent years has affected the retail landscape? Or how technological advances in social media have impacted retailers? And is […]

Award Success for the Property Search Provider

Property Search Group’s Southernhay Life campaign has won the Silver award for best Corporate and Business Communications Campaign, at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards in Bristol. The award was presented to PR and marketing agency Astley Media for its work with Property Search Group’s Somerset and Plymouth offices, and legal firms in the Exeter area, to raise funds for the Fire Appeal following the blaze that destroyed the city’s Royal Clarence Hotel. The awards cover the whole of the South of England from Kent and Sussex to Cornwall and the Isles of Sicily, with winners selected by […]

Living from the Heart – Harry Wild

Interview by Tracey Duke, Photography by Nick Hook.   Harry Wild is a woman with a purpose. Passionate about food, sustainability and social development, she’s dynamic, gutsy and certainly not afraid to make a difference. A self-confessed foodie with a heart, the founder of Go Wild Communications, is a firm favourite when it comes to getting the message out there. With solid experience after working for the Eden Project, River Cottage and as PR Director for Michelin starred chef Paul Ainsworth, her impressive list of clients boast names such as Good Game and The Deer Park Hotel and through Raw PR […]

More awards for the Devon attraction The Bear Trail

MUDDY obstacle course, The Bear Trail, which was established to get families enjoying good old-fashioned fun, has upped its honours count – picking up four amazing awards from Primary Times magazine. The trail, which is based between Exeter and Cullompton, has won the category for Best Party Venue and been voted runner up in the categories of Best Family Attraction, Best Outdoor Play Activity Centre and been declared Overall Runner-up in the entire competition. These awards follow The Bear Trail’s success in making it to the top three in the ‘Small Attraction of the Year’ category of the Devon Tourism […]

Exeter Science Park plays host to the city’s German ‘twins’

Exeter Science Park has hosted delegates from the city’s German twin town, discussing innovation and industry in both Exeter and Bad Homburg. The Mayor of Bad Homburg, Alex Hetjes, met with Dr Sally Basker, CEO of Exeter Science Park, on Friday, November 17, along with the President and Councillors from Bad Homburg City Council. Dr Basker presented her vision for the Park to the group, explaining the future plans, ambitions and developments for Exeter’s STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) hub. The tour of the Science Park was part of a twinning visit to the city, organised by the […]

Meet the Thrive In The City team

Thrive in the City is holding its first event on Monday the 27th  November at various locations around London. The aim of November 27th is to provide a range of ‘experiences’ for workers and residents in the City – free of charge – that support their mental wellbeing.  As well as providing the range of free events to celebrate mental health in the City, the founders will also use the day as an opportunity to collect the valuable data they need to understand what activities City workers and residents would value to support their mental wellbeing. So let’s meet the founding team…. Will […]