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 […]

How Green Does Your Garden Grow?

Devon garden designer Tom Simpson is being supported by South West Water as he creates his first Show Garden at the prestigious Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which runs from 3 to 8 July 2018. The Royal Horticultural Society announced today (14 February) that The South West Water Green Garden has been accepted as one of only six show gardens in its category. The garden, designed by Tom, aged 28 from Kingswear near Dartmouth, showcases many of the attributes of a sustainable rain garden, treating water as a precious resource and helping to reduce run-off from hard surfaces which can […]

India Meets……Rebecca Hooker

Written by India Nye, Photography by Olly Woodburn I’ve always loved the arts; drama has always been a big passion of mine, so this month I jumped at the chance to meet an Exeter based dance teacher who is harnessing the positive power of social media to create awareness of her own lifestyle and anti-bullying brand  #COMMITTED Clothing Company. Rebecca Hooker, the woman behind #COMMITTED, is both passionate and driven; she’s determined to play her part in encouraging others to work hard, follow their individual passions and interests and stamp out bullying for good. I met with the founder of the […]

Spirit of the Chiefs!

Premiership Champions Exeter Chiefs recently swapped their training ground at Sandy Park, Exeter for the award-winning Salcombe Distilling Co. in the beautiful seaside town of Salcombe. These highly skilled team players used their charisma and flair to raise the bar creating delicious Salcombe Gin cocktails. It was then head to head in a play-off to design and develop their very own bottle of gin at the Salcombe Gin School accompanied by Exeter Rugby Club Chairman and Chief Executive, Tony Rowe OBE. Tony said: “Salcombe Gin, is very popular amongst those who visit Sandy Park for match-days as well as the […]

Photos from the night: 100 Most Influential Women

What an amazing evening as we joined with the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ for a night to remember.   Watch our website and social pages as each of them get honoured throughout the month of March celebrating their individual achievements and inspiring the next generation.   Check out some photos from the evening:  

Flybe pilots take flight in new uniform!

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has given its 650-strong pilot workforce a brand new look that complements the striking purple uniforms of its cabin crew. The new navy uniform for its pilots features a stylishly fitted jacket with distinctive platinum epaulettes and stripes that clearly designate the rank of Captain (four stripes), Senior First Officer (three) and First Officer (two). Designed with full crew participation, the brief was for it to be a quality, comfortable, user-friendly outfit to better reflect the airline’s forward looking image than the previous somewhat dated look. Flybe worked closely with PVM, another Exeter-based business which […]

Portlebay Popcorn Stays True to South West Roots

Portlebay Popcorn is a South West success story. It’s name was inspired by Sunny Cove in East Portlemouth near Salcombe and all the popcorn remains handmade at its ‘Poppery’ in Plympton, Devon. They currently have the capacity to produce 900 tonnes a year, that’s enough to fill 14 jumbo jets! Jonty White, founder and CEO of Portlebay Popcorn is keen to remain the leading popcorn brand in the South West despite stiff competition. Portlebay Popcorn is already sold in a number of independent retailers as well as multiples such as Tesco, Lidl, Sainsbury’s, The Range and Budgens but it hopes […]

The Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards Semi-Finalists Have Been Announced!

Regional partner Alexis Bowater from Bowater Communications was host to the Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards 2018 Semi-Finalist Announcement on 30th January 2018. Alexis Bowater, Regional Partner of the Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards 2018 was host to over 100 people at the Treasury in Plymouth, welcoming guests that included nominees and sponsors from all corners of the counties, and where the names of those progressing to the Semi-Finalist stage were announced. The successful Semi-Finalists will be invited to the Finalists Announcement on 1st March 2018. In its fifth consecutive year of the Venus Awards in Devon and with the […]

A Platform For Growth… BalconyTV Exeter

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen Take an early morning stroll along Exeter’s quayside and, if you’re lucky, you may just stumble upon one of Exeter’s most successful digital ventures. Samuel Jones, is one of 70 locations around the globe, and one of just two in the UK, to host the Sony music owned BalconyTV sessions. The New York based company, lists Exeter in their top three global locations. We caught up with the husband and wife team of Matt & Kate Calder, who, with support from Visit Exeter, are helping to keep the city’s music scene, well and […]

Flybe is best in noise and emissions performance at Heathrow

  UK airline Flybe makes drastic improvements and takes top spot in latest environmental rankings Recognition comes before Flybe’s first anniversary of operating at Heathrow and serving Edinburgh and Aberdeen routes Heathrow data shows +30% decrease in the number of aircraft  departing in sensitive night periods in 2017 Less than a year into its operations at Heathrow, Flybe has distinguished itself in its noise and emissions performance, achieving the top ranking in the latest “Fly Quiet and Green” league table. Data behind the league rankings also shows a marked reduction in the number of aircraft departing in sensitive night time […]