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Case Studies

Devon delivers world-class businesses.

We’re home to pioneering organisations, driven by a highly skilled workforce and visionary leaders. Devon businesses compete on the world stage in a number of fields, from biomedical to precision engineering, from bespoke manufacturing to marine renewables. Our businesses are innovative and exciting, benefiting from easy access to international centres of research and a firm belief that anything is possible.

Don’t take our word for it! Read about some of our world-leading businesses:

Case Studies

Bray Leino

A communications agency like no other     “What the agency offers the talented creative and strategic specialists, who move from London to work there, isn’t a slower or easier pace of working life. It’s a high-pressure, creative, competitive industry,aaa

Twofour

The chances are that most people will have seen the work of Devon-based TV company Twofour. Britain’s Biggest Hoarders, Educating Essex, The Hotel Inspector and Harry’s Arctic Heroes are just some of the programmes which Twofour has brought to our screens.

Riverford Organic Farms

Based in Devon between Buckfastleigh and Totnes, Riverford has expanded and now has farms in Cambridgeshire, Yorkshire and Hampshire. They deliver over 40,000 organic vegetable boxes a week to homes around the UK.

Crowdcube

Since its creation in February 2011, Crowdcube has gone on to collect over £4 million of crowd sourced investment for a range of businesses and entrepreneurs.

SF Simulation

Sensing a significant gap in the market for high quality immersive simulation training on a smaller budget, SF Simulation aim to provide 80% of the effect for just 20% of the cost of traditional simulation system through their principle of ‘Targeted Fidelity®’

Burts Chips

Market leaders in the hand fried potato chip world, Burts Chips started life in South Devon in 1997. The company manufactures high quality, award winning hand-fried potato chips in a fiercely competitive sector of the market and has experienced rapid growth since the start.

Goodridge

Since Goodridge was founded in 1969, it has evolved from a single seat race team in Canada, to a globally recognised leader in fluid transfer systems.

Forest Fuels

Forest Fuels Ltd was named Runner-up in the 2011 National Renewable Energy Association Awards for “Company of the Year”.

Actavis UK Ltd

With headquarters in Switzerland and locations in over 40 countries over 5 continents, Actavis is one of the world’s leading players in the development, manufacture and sale of first-class generic pharmaceuticals.

Supacat

Supacat is an innovative engineering and design business and a market leader in high-mobility, all terrain vehicles and other land transport systems for specialist use. They were established in 1981.

3D Solutions

3D Solutions is an award winning animation and post production company based in Exeter. They specialise in 3D-modelling, animation, stereoscopy, special effects and compositing for use in TV, film, print and websites.

SRA Developments

SRA Developments was founded in 1978 as a one man consultancy and has since become a market leader in ultrasonic medical products. Its ground-breaking innovations have helped improve surgical techniques, benefiting patients around the world, and enabling the company to compete with multi-national corporations.

Graphic PLC

Established more than 40 years ago, Graphic PLC offers some of the most advanced Printed Circuit Board (PCB) technology available today. Its technology is at the heart of products for leading businesses around the world, including BAE Systems, Sony and Hewlett Packard.

Simpleware

Simpleware develops software which accurately converts 3D computer images into Computer Aided Design (CAD) and numerical models for research and development in a number of different fields, ranging from medicine to geology and natural sciences. Its software has featured on the Discovery Channel and the BBC.

Ashwoods Automotive

Over the past four years Exeter based Ashwoods Automotive has become the UK’s leading supplier of hybrid commercial vehicles. Since moving to Devon in 2008, the company hasexpanded from a turnover of around £600,000 a year to almost £6 million and now employs 30 people.

Eclipse Internet

Award-winning Eclipse Internet was established in 1995 and is one of the UK’s longest established Internet Service Providers. Now part of Kingston Communications, the company continues to be based in Exeter where it is a major employer with over 100 employees.

The Old Bag Company, Kingsbridge

In 2005 founder, Sally Hurst, decided she needed a more practical beach bag and went and designed one. Since then sally has gone on to design an award winning range of bags and been recognised herself as a successful entrepreneur.

Venus Company

Co-founders, Michael and Louisa Smith, with Lee Porter, started the business in 1995 with the aim of creating the greenest beach cafe and shop operator. Today the company serves local and organic produce to over 850,000 customers a year, turns over more than £2 million and employs 27 core employees.

Waveguide Solution

Based in Newton Abbot, The Waveguide Solution develops and manufactures an unrivalled range of precision waveguide systems and waveguide components for the military radar, medical, aerospace and communication industries worldwide.

South Devon Chilli Farm

Since its launch the chilli farm has seen fantastic growth, both in terms of plantings and national, and increasingly, international demand. Jason and Steve now employ 12 staff members and grow over 10,000 chilli plants each year, harvesting tonnes of fresh chillies as a result.

HepcoMotion

Hepco Slides System Limited, a member of the Hepco Group of Companies, was formed in 1969 and is one of the world’s foremost innovators and manufacturers in the field of Linear Motion Technology.

TDK Lambda

Since 1948 TDK-Lambda has been a global leader in the development and manufacture of AC-DC power supplies and DC-DC converters. TDK-Lambda is the second largest employer in Ilfracombe with an annual turnover of £40 million generated by 321 employees.

DSCallards Ltd

DSCallards has been offering tailor-made Business Intelligence and Software Development Services since 1993 to both private and public sector clients.

Cosmic Ethical IT

Cosmic is one of the UK’s leading social enterprises, they currently have 12 staff and saw a turnover of £500,000 in 2010. They invest their profits into projects that help improve other people’s digital lives.

Plymouth Software

Chris Blunt founded Plymouth Software after graduating from the University of Plymouth. Today, Plymouth Software has a growing portfolio of custom web and mobile applications.

New Generation Biogas

New Generation Biogas offer compact and profitable individual on-farm High Throughput Anaerobic Digestion of organic waste, using their innovative Archemax® system.