Business Action August / September 2019


August / September 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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West Heanton’s fleet of electric cars with home carers: (from left) Bernie, Jo and Michelle

Home carers fleet goes electric

West Heanton, at Buckland

Filleigh, which operates its

own care home and provides

domiciliary care for 40 families

in the area, has invested in

a fleet of six electric cars for its

home care staff.

The business has always

supported its home care staff

by paying them for the entire

shift they work, including

travelling time, rather than

just for care visits. It has also

always provided vehicles, so

that staff don’t have to use

One of the UK’s fastest

growing business advisory

firms is expanding its presence

in North Devon after acquiring

one of Barnstaple’s longstanding

accountancy practices.

Perrins Chartered Accountants

has joined the Baldwins

Group and changed its name

to Baldwins with immediate

effect, with staff remaining at

the existing office.

Established in North Devon

in 1914, Perrins’ 20 staff serve

more than 1,000 Devon and

Cornwall-based commercial

and agricultural, business and

personal tax clients.

This follows the 2017 acquisition

of Davisons and brings

Baldwins’ total number of West

Country offices to six. Its other

offices being in South Molton,

Holsworthy, Launceston,

Tavistock and Truro.

Matthew Gard, regional

managing partner for Baldwins

in the West Country, says:

“Joining forces with Perrins

forms part of our ongoing

plans to expand our reach

their own cars, and previously

ran a fleet of petrol cars.

In 2018, the business

started researching electric

cars and realised they would

be a viable option for West

Heanton. It secured finance

from Lloyds Bank Clean

Growth Financing Initiative,

which provides reduced rate

lending for business projects

that reduce emissions, are

energy efficient, low carbon,

reduce waste, recycle or

improve water efficiency.

across the West Country. We

have been working with the

North Devon community for

over 70 years. Our investment

in Perrins underlines

our confidence and long-term

commitment to the business

in the area and our desire to

continue to grow.

“It will be business as usual

for the staff and clients.”

This enabled the business to

purchase six Renault Zoes and

six rapid charging stations,

which can charge all six cars

from flat in one hour. The

white cars all feature West

Heanton’s branding so are

instantly recognisable.

Each car covers 80 miles

per charge and can be

re-charged between shifts.

They have reduced fuel costs

from 25p to 12p per mile, in

addition to the associated

environmental benefits. They

Accountancy firm

goes national

Baldwins team: (from left) Simon Osment, Matthew Gard and Chris Birch

Shaun Knight, board

director at Baldwins,

continues: “We look forward

to expanding and working

with the business community

in Devon. The acquisitions

underline our commitment to

the Devon and Cornwall business


“Local relationships are key

and practices will benefit from

also have a precondition

feature, enabling them to be

cooled in summer or heated

in winter before shifts, so are

comfortable and ready to go.

This environmental initiative

is in addition to installing

solar panels and a bio-mass

boiler for heating West Heanton’s

care home.

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West Heanton award

see page 20

the digital and technological

innovations implemented

within Baldwins, in order to

meet the demands of the ever

changing regulatory and digital

landscape, as well as client


Chris Birch, director at

Perrins, will continue to lead

the firm’s Barnstaple office,

alongside Simon Osment.

Chris says: “Joining forces

with Baldwins takes our firm

to the next level where we can

expand our reach with their

additional services, and in turn,

expand our workforce.

“This spells great news for

our clients as we can use Baldwins’

national coverage and

depth of specialist expertise to

offer business advisory services

that stretch beyond general


Baldwins, a Cogital Group

company, has more than 90 UK

offices, employs over 2,800 staff

and has an annual turnover of

approximately £200 million.

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