February / March 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 Business Action Awards 2020, North Devon's independent business awards.
NEWS Finding Jobs for People and People for Jobs Temporary & Permanent recruitment solutions throughout North Devon! 01237 439500 Independent food firm expands UK reach Family-owned food wholesaler Philip Dennis Foodservice has invested £1.5 million in a new transport and warehousing depot in the West Midlands. With depots in the South West, Oxfordshire and Midlands, the business has invested heavily in its infrastructure and people over the last year to support its ambitious growth plans. The purchase of the new premises on Shaw Road, Dudley comes as the company is seeing a significant increase in its foodservice business particularly across pubs, restaurants, hotels, schools and coffee shops. Lisa Vermeulen, Philip Dennis Foodservice regional sales manager for the Midlands, says: “This is a very exciting time for the business. Ilfracombe-based TDK- Lambda UK was named Tech Company of the Year at the recent Tech South West Awards 2019, which celebrate the region’s fastest growing sector. TDK-Lambda won the award in the category for companies with a revenue of more than £5 million per year, beating competition from fellow finalists Amdaris and Open Bionics. The company was commended for its commitment to developing its Ilfracombe facility. Following recent investment, the site has a £1.2 million EMC centre, which enables the company to carry out essential EMC testing in-house in order to provide customers with an even more comprehensive service. The www.simplerecruitmentltd.co.uk Philip Dennis Foodservice’s Midlands sales team: (from left) Jacob McCathie, Kim Smith, John Bateman, Lisa Vermeulen and Steve Redding We’ve invested heavily in this new depot as we’ve seen a large increase in demand for Philip Dennis products within the area. The business has experienced rapid growth in recent years, and we wanted company has also recently invested in new equipment, including a state-of-the-art Yamaha 3D optical inspection a base in the West Midlands that would allow us to offer an increased level of service to our customers.” The location of the new premises also offers easier access for the company’s Award win for manufacturer Tech Company of the Year 2019: (from left) Martin Coates, engineering project manager and Alex Knill, product performance manager, TDK-Lambda UK system, to further enhance product quality. Geoff Wilby, managing director at TDK-Lambda UK, Follow us: distribution fleet. Philip Dennis Foodservice logistics manager Lyndon Didlock adds: “We’re always looking to improve the level of our delivery service and with the central location of the new depot we can now manage our fleet much more effectively.” Philip Dennis Foodservice is a member of the Caterforce buying group and supplies a full range of foodservice products including groceries, frozen and chilled food, as well as a range of non-food items such as cleaning solutions and environmentally friendly food cartons. It also offers bespoke butchery and fishmonger services through its Dennis Family Butchers and Dennis Family Fishmonger companies. ■■Details 01271 864 136 or philipdennis.co.uk says: “We are honoured to receive this award, and see it as a testament to the work we’ve put into developing our operations. In the past year, we have made significant investments not only in new technology but also in our facilities, for example, by installing 90kW solar panels to improve sustainability. “We have also been actively involved with local STEM initiatives, such as the recently announced South West Institute of Technology, to help nurture future talent for the local industries. The technology landscape in the South West is seeing rapid development, and we are proud to be part of this vibrant community.” ■■Details 01271 856600 or uk.tdk-lambda.com 2 business action | February / March2020 | business-action.co.uk
New year, new office for design agency The Federation of Small Businesses has appointed Lee Nathan as the new regional chairman of its local teams across the South West, from Cornwall to Gloucester. Lee’s creative design agency, Studiovine, has offices in Plymouth and Bristol. The FSB is Britain’s biggest business representation group and the 35-year-old sees his role as vital to ensuring the needs of small businesses throughout the South West region remain firmly on the radar of the powers-that-be. term client relationships built on customer service. “Some of our clients have been with me for over 20 years now. It’s like working with friends,” says Frank of Clevera’s clients, “and makes coming to the studio a real pleasure.” This approach is very important to Frank, who loves running his own business and living in North Devon. Being happy, satisfied and providing for family are key motivations, and the resulting working atmosphere generates work for Clevera through repeat business and referrals from contented clients. The new offices are also creating new opportunities and forging a closer working relationship between Clevera and Kameleon Digital, who are moving to the top floor of the Workhouse to make collaboration even easier on projects combining print and digital activities for shared NEWS 2020 has already brought big changes for Barnstaple-based design agency Clevera. After closing the doors to their old office for the Christmas break, in January they opened the doors to their brand new offices at the Workhouse, Brannam Square. Owner Frank Stone has lived and worked in Barnstaple since early childhood and the new premises mark the 20th anniversary of him first setting up in business, leading to the formation of Clevera in 2012. With a team of four focused sharply on all aspects of design and print, Clevera has worked steadily to build up its clientele, which includes local organisations such as Webbers Estate Agents, Castle Hill Estate and Savona Food Service, as well as international brands such as Drayton Controls and ITT inc. This reflects the outlook of quietly-spoken Frank, who believes in developing longclients. With meeting facilities providing space for working on concepts together, Frank is looking forward to the shared environment boosting creative output even further. Now entering his third Business group’s new chairman Clevera’s multi-level creative workspace at the Workhouse, Brannam Square decade in business in North Devon, Frank welcomes clients old and new to discuss their design requirements at Clevera’s new home. ■■Details 01271 346759 or clevera.co.uk Lee says: “I’m delighted to have been appointed to this key role and I hope the fact that I am in my 30s sends a positive and clear sign that the FSB is a forward-thinking organisation determined to do everything to help and support our members whatever their background or business. Lee was the youngest person to hold senior FSB member positions in Devon and is now the youngest FSB regional chair across the whole of the country. ■■Details fsb.org.uk @businessactionm | February / March2020 | business action 3