Business Action | June / July 2019


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


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Triple wins for personal injury

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in regional law awards

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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.”

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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.

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