"Devon is a thriving place with a skilled workforce. Our broadband and phone connections are much faster and better here than in our head office in Reading. There’s been so much investment here that all the latest technology and infrastructure is being put in place.”
Mike Jessop-Co-founder, Moo Free Chocolates
“Fundamental to our growth ambitions is the development of a highly skilled workforce. Our ambition is to improve the skillset of our engineers and to develop our leaders of the future from within the company, meaning more skilled work being located here in Devon.”
Clive Scott, CEO
“Acronyms have provided companies in Devon, and the wider West Country region, with IT support services for almost 15 years. Not only is the region a fantastic place to live, it’s also a great place to do business. And despite many misconceptions about the South West, it isn’t all about leisure and tourism. The technology sector is strong and growing and there are plenty of budding entrepreneurs across other sectors too.”
Dave Smith – Managing Director and co-founder, Acronyms
Stuart Devlin, Digital Director of e-strategy, explains how creating a perfect equilibrium between work and life can be achieved in Devon.
CEO of Rokk Media, Adam Stone, explains why he believes Devon Delivers.
Today the company serves local and organic produce to over 850,000 customers a year and spends approximately £650,000 per annum on local goods and services. Venus turnover tops the £2.0m mark employs 27 core employees and a further 45 seasonal staff and part time summer catering staff.
“We are extremely lucky in Devon to be surrounded by businesses, producers and customers passionate about buying local and supporting the region’s vast array of fantastic products. This was a huge factor of our success in the early stages of the business and continues to be key now, along with an ever increasing demand from both across the country and internationally.”
Steve Waters - Founder, South Devon Chilli Farm
“Together with my siblings we are continuing our parent’s innovative approach to farming and an enthusiasm for making great food made from what grows on the farm. I think there is a genuine interest from the public for local produce and this has enabled South Devon to become a fertile ground for food producers.”
Guy Watson - Founder, Riverford Organics
“We rely heavily upon the excellent transport connections in the County and would be unable to transport our award winning crisps across the UK and to 42 countries worldwide if it wasn’t for these great links. We want to help other businesses succeed and prosper in Devon, just as we have – it really is a great place to do business!”
Nick Hurst- Founder Director, Burts Chips
Forest Fuels is a specialist wood fuel supplier and consultant to small and medium scale heat boilers. Established in 2000 in Okehampton, West Devon, Forest Fuels is focussed on the “localness” of its service. It now operates from 40 depots nationwide, and is established as the UK's leading biomass wood fuel supplier.