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Let's Walk - Devon's biggest workplace walking challenge

Authored by Mary

If you are hoping to become more active in 2020, while enjoying some friendly competition at the same time, you can team up with work colleagues and enter a Devon wide walking challenge.

This February’s ‘Let’s Walk’ challenge will encourage employees to get out of the office and raise heart rates a little. If becoming healthier isn’t incentive enough, there are also prizes on offer...

Warning for Plymouth businesses as they miss critical software deadline

Authored by News Desk

A local IT expert estimates that thousands of Plymouth businesses have missed a critical deadline to update software – and are now at risk.

Just days ago, on the 14th January, Microsoft killed its popular but out-of-date software Windows 7.

It also killed Office 2010, and a series of old server software.

“The problem is that too many businesses round here are still...

Devon achieves second record year for new businesses 

Authored by News Desk

Latest statistics show that more new businesses were established in Devon during 2019 than in any previous year – hitting a record high for the second year in a row.

Despite political and economic challenges, 6,196 new companies were registered in the county compared to 5,908 during 2018, representing an increase of 4.9%.

This brings the total number of registered companies...

SMEs are falling victim to social media hackers

Authored by News Desk

Arguably, the greatest asset of a business is its digital and social media presence but it is also its greatest vulnerability. It can take years to build up a following, but a few seconds to destroy it with a careless tweet or post or not being able to respond quickly enough to negative comments and feedback or a hack.

New research of 500 UK SMEs from business and law specialists,...

Call for Devon firms to support employees over 50 with alcohol choices

Authored by News Desk

Drink Wise, Age Well Devon is calling on the county’s businesses to make sure they are supporting their older employees with alcohol choices.

Over the past 30 years, the employment rate for people aged 50-64 has grown from 55.4% to 70.7%, and the number of over 65s in work has also doubled from 4.9% to 10.7%.

Drink Wise, Age Well is sending out an Employer’s Toolkit to offer...

England blind footballers to challenge local businesses

Authored by Glen King

WESC Foundation (WESC) in partnership with Listen2Win hosted a Visual Impairment Challenge at WESC’s 14-acre campus in Exeter. Players from the England Blind Football team, Keryn Seal – Captain, Robin Williams – Striker and their sighted goalie, Dan James led the sports event with seven teams from Exeter’s business community taking part. The Visual Impairment Challenge was jointly organised by...

Search is on for a start-up superstar

Authored by Mary

Calling all Plymouth-based start-up stars: local marketing agency owner launches exclusive competition to win £5,000+ worth of office space and marketing support!

As supply for Plymouth office space dips in the local area, the recently appointed Managing Director of a local marketing consultancy, Nick Burrage of LOGO COMMERCIAL CREATIVE PARTNERS, has come up with a great way of...

More jobs for Plymouth as Phase 2 of Langage Business Park approved

Authored by Mary

The next phase of the already successful Langage Business Park has been approved with the promise of more job opportunities for the city.

Plymouth City Council is investing £3.3 million in Phase 2 of the business park, which will be an area of 30,000 square foot which is expected to generate around 80 extra full time jobs.

It follows on from the success of the £2.7 million...

Investment fund returns to support more social ventures

Authored by Mary

After a successful first year helping South West social ventures to grow and flourish, applications have now opened for an exciting new programme of Seedbed investment and support for 2016.

Now in its second year, the £1.2 million Seedbed accelerator programme is looking to recruit 25 ambitious social ventures from across the region by the end of January.

Successful applicants...

£30k for start-up businesses in South West

Authored by Mary

GAIN, the South West Growth, Acceleration and Investment Network is looking for all start-ups, innovators, disruptors to invest £30,000 as matchfunding to help business growth.

GAIN has partnered with the UK's #1 rewards crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder, to find brilliant businesses based in Devon, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly or Somerset who have a product, service or approach that is...