“Exeter has been a great base for my business. With low overheads and a good network of friendly, collaborative companies, we’ve been able to take on big projects at a lower lost when compared to that of the well known London based studios. A good broadband connection has also kept up well with the large volumes of data that sometimes need to be transferred between us and our clients. It’s just simply a nice place to live and work.”
Dan Cox – Founder, 3D Solutions
“There are numerous reasons why Dave Smith and I decided to launch our business here in the South West, specifically Devon back in 2003. With one of the greatest quality of life standards in the country, Devon also boasts a booming economy with a range of thriving industries. Super-fast broadband is being rolled out across the county and £94 million is being spent connecting Devon and Somerset, there has never been a better time for companies in the South West.”
Amos Swan - Director, Acronyms Ltd.
“blur Group likes to do things differently, it’s served us well so far, and by moving into a developing space it provides an opportunity for us to continue our incredible growth as a company. Exeter has the right ingredients to become Europe’s San Francisco, and South West UK the new Silicon Valley. The South West combines innovation and technology excellence, a great mix of universities with both academic and venture focus and an established reputation in attracting leading tech firms while providing great incubation and support for earlier stage business. It’s a combination that has worked well for the US and has the potential to do the same in the UK.”
Phillip Letts - CEO, blur Group.
Now employing almost 400 people at sites across the country, including Bristol and Devon, Bray Leino still carries out most of its creative and digital work at the Filleigh office near Barnstaple.
“Cosmic has always been based in East Devon and has effectively served a wider geographic area from our current base in Honiton, both with great local transport connections, but also through the online virtual support options which we can offer. We are very much looking forward to improving the support we offer across Devon further with continued association with the local authorities and regional businesses.”
Julie Hawker – Joint CEO, Cosmic
“Lots of people are surprised when we say we are based in Exeter but as we’re a web based company, it doesn’t really matter. We just invite them down to see us!”
Luke Land & Darren Westlake – Founders, Crowdcube
DSCallards has been offering tailor-made Business Intelligence and Software Development Services since 1993 to both private and public sector clients.
“Our business is made up of a truly passionate team who are dedicated to providing the best support possible. We’re proud to be based in Devon, and Exeter is a vibrant and exciting place to be. The majority of our staff live in Exeter and the surrounding areas and we’re known in the industry for being based in one of the most enviable locations in the country! “ ” Being in the technology industry, we understand that it doesn’t matter if you’re not based in one of the bigger cities, being able to access connectivity technology means you can work wherever you like, and it just so happens, we love it here! “
Clodagh Murphy – Managing Director, Eclipse
“It’s sometimes been suggested to me that moving closer to Bristol or London might be better for my business. I disagree, and have seen friends and colleagues move away, ‘burn out’, and head back to Devon within a few years. What’s great, though, is that some of them have now started their own businesses here, and have found a new appreciation for the region. It’s the friendly, tight-knit business community that attracted me to starting up here. With everything that’s happening in Plymouth, and Devon as a whole, I’m incredibly optimistic about the future for both Plymouth Software and the wider business community across the region.”
Chris Blunt – Founder, Plymouth Software
“People who work with us are also here for the quality of living in Devon and they definitely enjoy living here. We have had strong organic growth – with an average 40% growth year on year.”
Prof. Philippe Young – Founder, Simpleware
“The South West is part of our heritage and post production will remain here. All of the board directors live within 30 miles of Plymouth – we have made a lifestyle choice to live and work here. It’s a nice part of the world.” “The quality of a successful business also needs to be about quality of life and that’s what Devon offers. It’s a staggeringly beautiful part of the world. There are a number of things that make us different – one being that we are one of the biggest production companies outside of London. By having a split operation in London and Plymouth we have the best of both worlds.”
Charles Wace - Twofour Group CEO