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New face for Devon Life Business & Professional

PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:16 05 April 2013

Kate Williams, Editor<br/>Devon Life Dusiness & Professional

Kate Williams, Editor<br/>Devon Life Dusiness & Professional

Spring. An excellent time of year to take a fresh look at your business strategies, which is exactly what Devon Life has done by shaking up Business and Professional Life and giving it a new face. That would be me. <br/>Follow us at @DevonInBusiness

New Face for Devon Life Business & Professional

Follow us at @DevonInBusiness

Spring. An excellent time of year to take a fresh look at your business strategies, which is exactly what Devon Life has done by shaking up Business and Professional Life and giving it a new face. That would be me.

With fifteen years experience in journalism, the last seven as an editor of ten Devon newspapers, and a family which runs its own business, I am your new point of call for all things business in the county.

Send your stories, ideas and enquiries to me. Im always on the lookout for an interesting feature focussing on business developments in the county.

Along with my new role comes good and bad news within our business sector in Devon. The great family-owned and family-run business Axminster Carpets has very sadly gone into administration as the carpet sector continues to suffer. The east Devon-based firm, which has sites at Axminster and Buckfast, has been forced to lay off 300 staff, but saving 100 jobs in the process.

Administrators are continuing to assess the companys financial position whilst the business continues to trade. All potential options are being explored, including the possible sale of the business, but operations are being scaled down and yarn production will cease.

On a brighter note, there comes good news in the wake of bad. The horsemeat scandal, which has shocked and sickened the majority of the public, has had a very positive effect on the businesses of Devon farmers and butchers as many customers are turning their backs on supermarkets and their cheap meat and buying from their local meat producers and traders.

UK consumers are used to living in a country where they are lucky enough to choose what they buy, what they cook and what they eat, but since news hit our headlines that an extremely high percentage of families would have most likely eaten horsemeat, unknowingly, at their dinner tables, things are changing.

Many countries eat horses as we all know. But, as a nation and a culture, we generally dont. I, as a horse owner, would never touch this meat... knowingly. But eating the animal is one thing, being deceived by companies selling and labelling it as something else, is quite another.

The effect these businesses decisions have had have increased turnover for some of our Devon farmers, meat producers and butchers and may mean a positive change long-term.

Business and Professional Life brings readers a view from one Devon butcher on the matter in hand and what recent meat industry developments have meant to his business.

I also spend a morning (and lunchtime I am pleased to add) at the fabulous Combe House at Gittisham, where I grilled Ken and Ruth Hunt on how they have made the manor house hotel and restaurant the success it is today, how the recession has affected their businesses and advice to others on running your own company.

July will be the next issue of Business and Professional Life and we are looking forward to bringing you a bigger and better issue, so do get in touch. I shall also be making an appearance at the Devon County Show in May, chatting to traders and business types so look out for me if you are there.

Now, to get on with that business spring clean.


Editor, Business and Professional
Tel: 07875 411538


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