“Relocating to Devon from the London area some 20 years ago, has allowed HepcoMotion the capacity to expand and to grow to where we are today. This is down to, in no small part, the high skill levels and hard-working nature of the local workforce, and we count ourselves lucky to have such a dedicated Team.”
Giles Forster – Chairman, HepcoMotion
Supacat is well known for developing solutions to unusual customer requirements; during the late 1990’s they designed and developed the High Mobility Transporter (HMT) to meet a military requirement for an agile, all terrain vehicle. They have also developed a new Lifeboat Launch & Recovery System for the RNLI, which can negotiate Britain’s most demanding beaches.
“The reason we moved to Devon was that we needed more space and this was a good central catchment area for the people we needed. We were recruiting heavily at the time and there’s a high calibre of people in this area. We didn’t find it difficult to attract good people by being based in Exeter. “The added extra is that it’s a nice place to live, the natural aspects of Devon, the countryside and the way of life, are a huge pull. We spend a lot of time in the Midlands which really is the automotive centre of the country and so our potential customers are elsewhere, but we have proved we don’t need to be there. I believe we attract people because we are in Devon. It’s got everything.”
Mark Roberts – Managing Director, Ashwoods
The firm manufactures in ten facilities globally and supplies customers around the world with a unique combination of design, innovation, reliability and outstanding service. Goodridge has a turnover of over £30 million with 80+ staff in Exeter and 300+ worldwide. They also have subsidiaries in the US, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany and Holland.
“We’re surrounded by fantastic countryside and the quality of life is a definite attraction for our employees. Our employees are extremely passionate about what we do and 60% of them have been with the company for more than ten years.”
Trevor Sanders – Sales and Marketing Director, Graphic PLC
“Over the years we have gathered an excellent team from all around Devon – the talent is here in Devon. You don’t have to be based near London to be a hi-tech trailblazer. We have found in south Devon an ideal environment for us to be a hub for bright ideas which have led to new and exciting products.”
Dr Mike Young, Managing Director of SRA Developments
"As Devon locals we obviously have a great passion for the area and aim to source as many of our products and services locally as possible. There is a great pool of skill and resources here , and there is a strong South West aerospace heritage which has greatly supported our development."
Stirling Paatz & John Parker - Founders, SF Simulation
The Waveguide Solution is spread over 2 buildings providing a 17,000ft² centre of excellence for waveguide manufacture. The site also has dedicated microwave testing facilities, assembly areas, mechanical inspection areas and a comprehensive machining and fabrication facility.
“We have seen substantial growth over the last 2 years and the redevelopment of the site next door makes perfect sense, and will be an important part of our future expansion plans in Ilfracombe. We are achieving great success with our strategy of providing high reliability, class leading power supplies to manufacturers of professional electronic equipment. In particular, European customers are continuing to grow and our market share with them is increasing rapidly."
Adam Rawicz - EMEA Managing Director , TDK-Lambda
“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.