June / July 2019 issue of the independent North Devon-based business magazine covering news about business and enterprise in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, Chulmleigh, Combe Martin, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe, Lynmouth, Lynton, South Molton, Torrington, Woolacombe and more.
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Slee Blackwell’s personal injury and clinical negligence team did not just win once at the recent Devon and Somerset Law Society’s awards ceremony, but returned to Barnstaple with three awards. Elizabeth Duncan won Legal Hero of the Year for her work in abuse law and stress at work cases. She was also Highly Commended in the Chartered Legal Executives category, while the department was Highly Commended in the Team of the Year award. The ceremony was held at Exeter Cathedral and was attended by lawyers from across Devon and Somerset. Elizabeth, who deals with personal injury and sexual abuse claims, was thrilled: “I feel hugely honoured to win this award from such a respected organisation. I am passionate about the work that I do and proud to be able to give people who have NEWS All year 24/7 business services Contemporary meeting venue Great facilities & services Choice of packages Including activities Training events Call today for our business package prices & details 01271 862446 ilfracombecarlton.co.uk Triple wins for personal injury and clinical negligence team in regional law awards Banner 2.indd 1 20/03/2019 16:20:58 Slee Blackwell’s personal injury and clinical negligence team with their award felt powerless and voiceless a means to fight back, whether they have survived sexual abuse or workplace bullying or suffered life-changing injuries. I am touched and grateful that this award will help to raise the profile of those subjected to abuse in all its forms.” Clinical negligence partner Oliver Thorne said, “To be shortlisted in these award categories is an achievement in itself, but for the team to receive an award and then for Elizabeth to receive her awards was wonderful. The team have worked exceptionally hard this year and whilst I may be considered biased, the recognition is thoroughly deserved.” Oliver, who is based in the Barnstaple office and specialises in clinical negligence claims, added: “Unfortunately, it is a recognised fact that claims relating to clinical negligence and sexual abuse are on the increase both in the region and nationally. Our team continues to grow in order to accommodate the number of enquiries we receive. The team work tirelessly on helping often vulnerable people obtain the help and support they need and I am very pleased their efforts have been rewarded.” ■■Details 01271 349957 or sleeblackwell.co.uk Packaging firm maintains capital investment Atlas Packaging in Barnstaple has recently installed a Signode speciality bundler, the SigCORR, to work behind its new Bobst Expertfold 230 A2 folder gluer. The recent investments are part of a larger investment strategy, which centred on the installation of a Cuir high quality flexo post print machine a few years ago, as the company continues to enter high value markets. To complete its print and gluing line, Atlas was looking for an innovative bundle strapping solution with the versatility and handling capacity for a multitude of different box types that would be coming from the new Bobst folder gluer. Vince McDermott, manufacturing director at Atlas, says, “The quality and reliability of Signode’s equipment, combined with their first-class support and back-up, made turning to Signode for a solu- Atlas Packaging’s new Signode speciality bundler tion a natural decision.” “An important factor for Atlas was to have a proven and reliable high-speed solution to avoid packaging operations causing production bottlenecks. The design of the machine is good and is specific to bundling multipoint glued cases. The key benefits we have experienced so far are faster packaging operations, improved and consistent bundle presentation and no indentation or marks on boxes.” Generating a £17 million turnover in 2017, Atlas Packaging employs some 135 staff, producing corrugated cardboard boxes and packaging from its Roundswell base. Clients include national and local companies such as B&Q, ASDA, Riverford Organic Farmers, St Austell Brewery and Pall. ■■Details 01271 344055 or atlaspackaging.co.uk 4 business action | June / July2019 | business-action.co.uk
A North Devon business has become the first in the UK to introduce a high quality printer that prints direct to walls. Wall Printer UK, started by Graham Atkinson, has invested in the £40,000 German-manufactured printer (pictured right) and already completed a project filmed for a programme to be broadcast on national television. The printer is suitable for applications both in business and homes, from printing corporate logos, promotional graffiti, innovative promotional designs and marketing murals to transforming dull, uninteresting wall spaces into entertaining and interactive sources of information, fun and fantasy in schools, hospitals and airports. It enables interior designers and homeowners to turn their dreams into reality and create the ambience they require in gyms, restaurants, cafés, hotels and homes. Graham, who is based in Barnstaple and previously ran a car valeting business, was searching online for products to buy and sell when he discovered the wall printing technology. After months of research, visits to the manufacturer and training in Germany, he returned with his printer to launch Wall Printer UK. “It’s a challenge bringing something new to the UK, but it’s already attracting a lot of attention,” says Graham. “We can print in detail a lot faster than a mural artist so we cause minimum disruption to a business or home when we’re printing. We can print a square metre of wall per hour and it is 95% dry when finished. What’s more, there’s no mess, no dust and no fumes.” Graham can pack the printer into six bags and transport it anywhere it is needed to print. Images can be printed up to 3.8 metres in height with no limit to the width on vertical surfaces. For commercial structures with higher ceilings, Wall Printer UK can print conjoined images almost in unlimited height using a scissor lift. Images can be printed on most surfaces, including plaster, wood, stone, plastic, tiles, glass, metal and concrete. They are printed using a waterproof, scratch-resistant, chemical-resistant washable plastic-like UV ink with no associated solvent fumes or chemical releases and will retain their quality for three to six years or more outdoors with a transparent UV coating, and 12 or more years indoors. For clients requiring creative input to develop imaginative images for their spaces, Wall Printer UK has teamed up with Barnstaple-based design group Really Different. As the first in the country, Wall Printer UK is attracting considerable attention and Graham has already participated in a high profile project filmed for a prime-time television programme with more filming likely to follow. Wall Printer UK will be giving live demonstrations at BBxpo business-to-business exhibition on Thursday 24 October in Bideford. ■■Details 07534 258992 or wallprinter.co.uk NEWS Large format wall printer is first in UK First Thursday of every month is Steak Night! 01237 473399 49 Torrington Street, East the Water, EX39 4DP www.theriverbankbistro.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org @businessactionm | June / July2019 | business action 5