Heart of the South West in Top 3 Areas for Successful Housing Infrastructure Fund Bids

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is delighted that £62,155,550 has been allocated to schemes in the HotSW area following a bid supported by the LEP, making it the third highest allocation to any LEP area in the country. The total Housing Infrastructure Fund Marginal Viability Fund awarded was £866 million, making the HotSW award over 7% of the overall amount, out of 38 LEPs in England. The funding is allocated by the Government to support local work that will make housing developments viable and get much-needed homes built quicker. HotSW LEP endorsed the proposals from across […]

Finance in the South West: Flagship Event Returns for 2018

Grow Exeter Finance

PKF Francis Clark is set to be hosting their annual flagship ‘Finance in the South West’ event for the sixth time, this year. Delegates at last year’s event described ‘Finance in the South West’ as “an excellent summary of the competitive funding landscape” and “really good, a successful regional event with an impressive line-up of keynote speakers”. More than a dozen sources of funding, covering grant, debt and equity, as well as business support agencies will be presenting this year. ‘Short and sharp’ presentations will allow delegates to initially assess which funding stream or funder best matches their requirements. PKF […]

HR Consultancy Provides Dedicated Help-line to Advise Carillion Suppliers

Grow Exeter Carillion

People Management and Development Consultancy, Human Capital Department have set up a telephone hotline to support companies affected by the Carillion collapse. The construction and services giant have 43,000 direct employees, with around half of these in the UK, and an estimated 30,000 small firms in the supply chain who are now owed money. Inevitably these firms must retrench; having to reduce working hours or make layoffs to ensure survival of their businesses. Peter Lawrence from Human Capital Department commented: “Our HR hotline advises businesses on all employment matters, including employment law from contractual implications of reduced hours to guiding […]

CPRE Devon Challenges House Building Figures

The Devon Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England is commissioning evidence-based research to question the number of new homes that need to be built on greenfield sites to meet the county’s housing needs. At a meeting in Exeter this Friday (January 19th), CPRE Devon will announce the appointment of independent consultants to carry out a proper analysis of the figures used to justify the building of tens of thousands of new homes across Devon over the next ten years. Around one hundred and fifty individuals and organisations have already booked to attend CPRE Devon’s free seminar ‘New housing […]

East Devon dairy farmer speaks out to raise awareness of farm fire safety

Fourth generation farmer retells his farm fire experience £4.6m worth of farm fire insurance claims made in the south west in 2016 Electrical faults most common cause of farm fires followed by arson One April evening last year, fourth generation East Devon dairy farmer Henry Gent went to bed as normal, only to be woken by one of his farm hands at 5am informing him that his dairy parlour was on fire. An electrical fault had caused the blaze which destroyed the electrics leading into the milking parlour at Mosshayne Farm, West Clyst, near Exeter, meaning Henry was faced with […]

Save the date for the city’s largest free jobs fair

Exeter businesses are invited to exhibit at the city’s next jobs fair on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, for the opportunity to connect with hundreds of high-quality prospective candidates. Following the hugely successful fair in September 2017, which welcomed over 1,800 potential applicants and 60 businesses, Exeter City Council and Exeter’s Job Centre Plus are partnering up again to facilitate a second free-to-attend event at Exeter Corn Exchange. 100% of employers surveyed following the September event said it had been successful to them as a business, with over 50% of employers taking candidates they met on the day straight through to […]

South West Overlooked in the Budget Spending Spree

In the aftermath of the Autumn Budget, Top 30 advisory firm Bishop Fleming is calling on the government to give more attention to the South West in its infrastructure investment and tax incentive programmes. The firm, which delivers accounting, tax, corporate restructuring and advisory services to businesses and private wealth advice to individuals, states that whilst new money and general measures announced in the Budget are welcome and will have some positive impacts on the region, more could have been done specifically for the South West in the pronouncements. The Autumn Budget included investment in new housing and technology, cuts […]

£1 million funding helps Exeter firm address cow fertility crisis

Agricultural engineering start-up, Milkalyser, has received £1 million of funding to further develop its innovative equipment that monitors the productivity of dairy cows. Previously based in Exeter City Centre, and supported by the SETsquared Exeter initiative, Milkalyser is now moving onto pastures new with a wet lab and workshop space in Exeter Science Park Centre. Milkalyser is a spin out of eCow Ltd, which was founded in 2007 to develop technology that monitors the health and productivity of dairy cows. From eCow came Milkalyser, a new way to detect the ovulation and pregnancy in dairy cows. Managing Director of Milkalyser […]

Aston Manor Cider Reaction to Autumn Budget

Aston Manor Cider Statement: “We will look at the detail, though notwithstanding the challenge of framing legislation to make it happen, this idea has no merit. “We would remind the Chancellor that ‘white cider’ represents around 0.27% of total alcohol and is in long-term decline. And whilst all products are capable of being misused, the vast majority of ‘white cider’ is enjoyed by people on low incomes without issue. “On the issue of alcohol misuse then the frontline professionals supporting people in crisis reject the targeting of specific products as it merely displaces misuse and might even make matters worse. […]

BREAKING NEWS – Flybe Autumn Budget Response

FLYBE DISAPPOINTMENT THAT ‘DAMAGING’ AIR PASSENGER DUTY NOT LOWERED IN BUDGET Flybe budget response: Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, is disappointed that the Chancellor has once again missed the opportunity to lower Air Passenger Duty. The UK’s APD is among the highest in the world and it is a highly damaging tax which penalises domestic travellers. Reducing APD and supporting domestic aviation would have been in line with the Government’s stated aim of spreading economic growth more evenly across the UK – this is sadly another missed opportunity to act.