Introducing… Ann Hunter

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen Ann Hunter; the woman at the heart of In Exeter, the city’s business improvement district, is one of the city’s newest recruits. Heading up the dynamic organisation that gives a voice to over 640 businesses in the city, she draws on over 10 years’ experience, her most recent role seeing her as Chief Executive of Ealing’s Business Development Programme. Attracted to the region by the city’s sought after work/life balance, along with its vibrancy and energy, we caught up with Ann, at Hotel Du Vin, to talk challenges, pushing your limits and living […]

YMCA Exeter Announce Corporate Partnership with Construction Company

Left to right: Hilary Bush (YMCA), Phil Lewis (Randall Simmonds), Gareth Sorsby (YMCA) Newton Abbot based construction company, Randall Simmonds, have pledged a monthly donation to YMCA Exeter in support of their expanding service provision in the county. YMCA Exeter provide services in Supported Accommodation, Employment and Health & Wellbeing, for young people who are experiencing homelessness. The local charity, which was founded in 1846, is one of the oldest YMCAs in the world and supports over 1000 young people every year across Exeter, East, Mid and North Devon. Speaking on behalf of the Newton Abbot based construction company, Phil […]

Source for Business Wins £4.5m Contract

Water retailer Source for Business has won a multi-million pound contract with Unite Students to provide services to its student accommodation sites across the UK. Unite Students is the UK’s largest manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation. It provides high-quality accommodation to around 50,000 students in more than 140 properties across 28 university cities in England and Scotland. Source for Business, part of Pennon Water Services, will be providing water and wastewater retail services including billing, meter reading and expert advice on reducing water consumption and cost as part of a £4.5million contract. Richard Stanbrook, Director of Source for […]

Pink Fizz will add ‘POP’ to Hospiscare’s Twilight Walk

Women and girls we have a date for your diaries! Saturday 7th July sees the return of the annual Hospiscare Twilight Walk. This year’s theme is “Pink Fizz”, so dig out all things pink to wear and there will be a glass of “fizz” waiting for you on your return. The walk is once again kindly sponsored by Western Power Distribution. The sponsored walk starts from The Maer, Exmouth and both routes take in stunning views of the coast. There will be entertainment at the start and along the route, and a well deserved glass of “fizz”, a bacon sandwich […]

Are You Looking for an Apprenticeship in Engineering?

Tiverton-based engineering firm HepcoMotion is pleased to hold its annual Apprenticeship Recruitment Open morning at its headquarters in Lower Moor Business Park, Tiverton on Friday 9th March from 10-1pm. Aimed at students who are leaving school or college this year and considering applying for an apprenticeship, the recruitment open morning provides students with an opportunity to come and see for themselves what Hepco’s industry-leading apprenticeship scheme offers. An informal and informative morning, students will learn about HepcoMotion, a world-leading manufacturer of linear motion systems based in Tiverton. Students will have the opportunity to look around Hepco’s facilities, meet some of […]

Where is GPS Leading us?

From navigation tool to ‘invisible utility’, the Director of the Royal Institute of Navigation John Pottle joins Guy Buesnal from Spirent Communications Plc to discuss the opportunities and vulnerabilities of GPS World leading navigation experts will visit Exeter to present the latest insights on GPS technology – a utility that has become such an intrinsic part of everyday life that the UK government calculates that disruption could cost the British economy £1billion a day. John Pottle is the Director of the prestigious Royal Institute of Navigation, founded in 1947 to further the development of land, sea and air navigation technology. […]

Over a third of South West SME owners consider their own management team a barrier to growth

More than two in five (41%) business owners in the South West fear that their management team will cause them to hit a growth ceiling. Their concerns are legitimate – over half (57%) of local management teams have never helped grow a business prior to the one they now work in. Business owners and the teams that support them have to work hard to put the planning and communication in place that can overcome the challenge of experience and unleash their businesses’ growth potential. According to research conducted among 500 UK SMEs by top 15 chartered accountants Haines Watts, there […]

Why the Eskimos don’t want your ice… continued

Written by Owen Richards, MD & Founder of Air Marketing Group Why the Eskimos don’t want your ice… continued When running a business there is a delicate balance between understanding the need to be successful and make money, whilst not taking advantage of your valued customer base. So, selling your services or product for a fair price which represents the quality or perceived value will set you in a good position with your customers. But how does it feel when you are given an initial price which you feel is too high and upon negotiation, you are given a ‘discount’ […]

Indie Trader of the Month… The Roots Foundation

Written By Stella Nicholls, Photography by Matt Austin and Tempo Media Walking through town on a mild and, dare I say, partly sunny day, I ventured down to the end of Fore St which joins New Bridge St to find an absolute gem of an establishment. Vibey, trendy, natural, authentic and spacious were the first words that popped into my mind, as I stepped across the threshold. Space to sit and be.  Space to think.  A perfect environment to observe and absorb.  I sat back with a cup of peppermint tea, giving myself time to soak up the environment, before […]

Library Charity Broadens Expert Leadership Skills

Libraries Unlimited, the charity responsible for running Devon’s library service, has appointed two new independent trustees to its Board following an open recruitment process. Richard Watts and Morgen Witzel will officially join the charity’s Board in February. As a mutual organisation, Libraries Unlimited has a Board of 11 trustees, made up of independent, staff and community trustees, whose role it is to help shape the strategic direction of the charity in achieving its aims and ambitions. Born in Devon and committed to supporting the people and culture of his home county, Richard runs people make it work, a company that […]