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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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.”


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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

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

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