December 2019 / January 2020 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.
This issue includes the event guide for the BBxpo business exhibition and networking event in Bideford on Thursday 24 October 2019.
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Chartered accountants and business advisers Thomas Westcott has launched a new technical service for dairy farmers. The service gives farmers in-depth analysis of their milk data and provides technical advice on how yield can be increased and operations made more efficient. The Thomas Westcott team reports on a farm’s milk yield and uses the data to identify how to improve performance and profitability. Each month, a report analyses areas such as milk production and feeding efficiencies, milk quality and energy requirements, somatic cell count and fertility. The team began developing the Dairy Technical Service in October 2018. Now that it has been tested and developed for optimum use, they are offering it to clients across the region. Peter Brown, director of Thomas Westcott’s Agricultural Consultancy Service, says: “We launched the Dairy Technical Service to enable a quick response to the milk data that is collected every month. “There is so much data when it comes to milk recording, which can be confusing. Our programme analyses the data and produces a report with key action points. “The level of interest from clients has been high, with people asking that our regular visits coincide with the production of the latest reports.” Farms using the service include Battledown Farm, near HEADER NEWS New technical service for dairy farmers Battledown Farm: (from left) Thomas Westcott’s Peter Brown with Kate Dymond Shebbear. Peter Brown and colleague Nikki Smale have been working closely with Kate Dymond and her family on the farm for the past three years. Yields are increasing monthly and feed utilisation improving. Reporting has been a big factor in these improvements. The farm has 250 cows, as well as 100 young stock, and farms more than 145 hectares – 39 of which are owned by the family. It supplies Crediton Dairy with milk, with 80% of its income from milk sales. Kate says: “Working with the Agricultural Consultancy Service has driven us forward, made us more sustainable and given me more confidence. “Thomas Westcott provide us with a rounded service. Other consultancy firms would simply come in and give us information, then leave us to it. Peter, on the other hand, will be constantly available, helping us to assess what we have done and advising us on what we plan to do next. “Peter has pushed us to focus on improving cow comfort, which has led to much improved cow welfare including reduced cases of lameness, mastitis and metabolic diseases. We have also seen much higher levels of milk yield per cow and reduced calving index, which is something that milk buyers and consumers now focus more on.” ■■Details 01409 253297 or thomaswestcott.co.uk Virtual Business Partners Support for improving health services Because running a business can be a lonely journey! Why work with a Virtual Business Partner? What’s the Benefit? If you are a solopreneur, entrepreneur or SME we can help you to: • Consolidate your position - stabilise or expand, depending on the health of your business • Streamline your business, across - processes, procedures, systems and people • Invigorate and energise your reasons for starting this journey - through coaching and collaboration How do we do this? • By listening - to what’s working and what’s not, and to your end goal vision. • By offering practical advice and actually doing what’s needed - we are not just all talk, we are not gurus, we actually do the work. With the added potential benefit of virtual assistance. • By bringing extensive experience and a proven track record to the table. Are you ready to take your start-up or SME to the next level? If so, contact us to discuss whether working with a Virtual Business Partner is right for you. Contact details: email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01271 603078 or 07788 181419 www.virtualbusinesspartners.co.uk (from left) Healthwatch champion Sam Scott with Slee Blackwell’s Oliver Thorne Slee Blackwell has been working with Healthwatch Devon since 2016 to help improve local health services in Devon. Healthwatch Devon is the independent champion for people using health and care services. It listens to what people like about services and what improvements they suggest and shares these views with those with the power to make change happen. Slee Blackwell partner Oliver Thorne says, “We are proud to have strong links with Healthwatch Devon and feel we are suitably placed to help them with their goal of improving patient services.” Sam Scott, Healthwatch champion for North Devon, added, “Healthwatch champions listen to people’s experience of health and social care and help support clients to have voices heard.” ■■For more information visit healthwatchdevon.co.uk 20 business action | December2019 / January2020 | business-action.co.uk
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