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NEWS Finding Jobs for People and People for Jobs Temporary & Permanent recruitment solutions throughout North Devon! 01237 439500 Exeter Airport achieves gold for disability access Exeter Airport has received the highest possible rating for disability access, having been judged ‘very good’ in an independent annual survey. The UK Civil Aviation Authority has published its fourth annual report on the disability access of the UK’s largest airports. Exeter Airport was among 14 airports rated ‘very good’, with a further 16 airports rated ‘good’. A ‘very good’ classification requires airports to provide high quality support on the day of travel as well as www.simplerecruitmentltd.co.uk keeping in regular contact and consultation with its users. Exeter Airport provides this Attract customer Attention! u business journalism u technical writing u u case studies u blogs & online content u u magazine production u campaigns u u events u project management u 25 years of business communication Z with your marketing, PR and communications Call Robert Zarywacz on 01271 879100 A R Y W A C COMMUNICATE IN SPEECH, PRINT & ONLINE Z assistance to more than 20,000 passengers a year. This is set to increase as overall passenger numbers are expected to break the one million mark this year Recycling firm SWM will celebrate 60 Years serving North Devon on 14 July 2019. Started in 1959 by Ray and Vashtie Penford, or Mr and Mrs P as they were commonly known, R Penfold and Son went on to become South Molton Metals. In 2002, SWM was incorporated to accommodate the growing demand for integrated waste management systems, which have enabled more waste streams to be processed and transformed into useful resources. In 2011, everything was brought under the SWM and Waste Recycling banner to reflect the growing regional presence. Today, the company is jointly owned by Ray and Vashtie’s son Raymond and nephew Shawn Akers, who are proud of the local employment the business offers and its wide range of services. Follow us: with the introduction of new routes by Ryanair to Alicante, Malaga, Malta and Naples. Matt Roach, managing director of Exeter Airport, said: “We are delighted to be in the top tier of UK airports and to have achieved the gold standard for the quality of service that we provide to disabled and less mobile passengers. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and we are committed to providing the best possible experience for anyone in the community who requires assistance when travelling.” ■■Details exeter-airport.co.uk Waste firm celebrates 60 years of service During its 60 years, the company has faced many challenges. More recently these have included environmental demands and sustainable waste solutions. SWM has continued to invest in order to keep pace with and lead the way in bringing about new initiatives that have helped many North Devon businesses meet stringent compliance criteria. From humble beginnings rooted in scrap metal recycling, SWM has become a leading provider of integrated waste management services in the South West, with a growing blue chip client list and stateof-the-art recycling facilities. The company planned to mark the occasion with a companywide fun day and BBQ at its Roundswell headquarters in July. ■■Details 01769 572184 or swmrecycling.co.uk 4 business action | August / September2019 | business-action.co.uk
Investing in Devon: (from left) Stuart Gibbons, managing director, Lovell London and Southern, and Andrew Johnson, regional managing director, Lovell Southern Housing group plans big investment in Devon Lovell, partnership housing division of the £3 billion Morgan Sindall Group, has launched its southern region by appointing an experienced regional managing director to drive expansion. Andrew Johnston, formerly managing director with Galliford Try Partnerships, has joined Lovell to spearhead its growth ambitions in Devon. With Lovell’s extensive expertise in housing-led regeneration, partnership working ethos and a high demand for affordable homes, its aim is to build a sustainable business that will employ around 100 people direct and thousands through the local supply chain, while increasing housing capacity in the region. Securing land and the recruitment of new staff will be a first priority. Lovell Southern will service the area from Southampton on the south coast to Plymouth in the west. Andrew Johnson, regional managing director at Lovell Southern, said: “It’s an exciting time to be at Lovell. The company has a great delivery model with ambitions to grow the business and its investment in the region demonstrates commitment to that strategy and to the wider affordable housing sector. “The company’s strong financial position and support from Morgan Sindall Group will enable us to work with our partners and increase the much-needed supply of homes in the area. “Our three main business objectives are to build much needed new private and affordable homes, invest in the communities in which we are working and employ local businesses, further re-investing in the region.” Stuart Gibbons, managing director of Lovell London and Southern, said: “Andrew is a vastly experienced and committed director with a proven track record of developing and growing a business. We are delighted to have him on board to launch our southern region.” ■■Details lovell.co.uk Right Way HR Services Safeguard your business • Advice on all aspects of employment law • Contracts of employment • Staff handbook • HR policies • Letters, templates and documents Call Richard on 07825 090782 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS Children’s hospice challenge Children’s Hospice South West is inviting businesses to get ‘nifty with your fifty’ and take on its new-look £50 Challenge this autumn. The charity will give workplace teams £50 to see how much money they can raise in 50 working days, from 16 September to 22 November. Cake sales, raffles and quizzes are all encouraged, but firms are being challenged to be creative in making a big difference to the children’s hospice. Companies of two or 200 can take part and what they decide to do is up to them. ■■Details 07837 520295 or chsw.org.uk/50challenge Fastest wifi in the west? All too often we hear about slow broadband speeds, so here is a story with a difference. Trimstone Manor Country House Hotel and Cottages, near Ilfracombe and Woolacombe, could have the fastest wifi connection of any visitor accommodation in the North Devon and Exmoor after upgrading to full fibre. After encouragement from his son, owner Philip Milton upgraded the hotel connection and both believe the investment will be justified in more trade and better business effectiveness, staff efficiency and responsiveness. Unlike a copper wire connection to a roadside box, Trimstone has a fibre optic link direct to the local exchange and has installed the latest Ubiquity ‘enterprise grade’ equipment. To enable the connection, Ilfracombe BT exchange required further upgrade work just so that the hotel could be the very first customer of this new service. The hotel and cottages have moved from having slower speeds than 66% of the whole country to having faster speeds than 99% of the UK, for any form of usage. Not only do hotel guests get free wifi access, but with the infrastructure now upgraded, the faster service is also available to Trimstone residents. Is it the fastest holiday wifi in North Devon? Let us know. ■■Details 01271 862841 or trimstone.co.uk @businessactionm | August / September2019 | business action 5