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05 Feb 2019
Dartmoor National Park Authority information leaflet design

Designs on Dartmoor

We are delighted to announce that the Dartmoor National Park Authority has commissioned Lathwell & Associates to produce a folder and series of information leaflets aimed at a wide variety of Specific Interest Groups, which will draw on our design, map production and infographic skills.

This commission adds to our rural tourism client list, which includes the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks, along with the Solway Coast and North Devon AONBs - all of which give us the perfect excuse to pursue our passion of trekking through the glorious English countryside!

Tags: Dartmoor, Devon, Graphic design, Tourism

30 Jan 2019
BFMD and Brexit

Business Forum considers Brexit

We chaired yet another well-attended Business Forum Mid Devon tonight - no doubt thanks to some charismatic speakers on the hot topic of the day: Brexit.

Linda Middleton-Jones, of International Trade Matters Ltd, gave a presentation on the effects to the Mid Devon economy before, during and after Brexit. Drawing on more than 25 years’ experience in international commerce across manufacturing, nuclear and aviation sectors, she provided colourful examples and answers that challenged, warned and excited local businesses in equal measure.

We also had a presentation from Chris Shears of Mid Devon District Council. Chris gave a talk on the Council’s economic strategy 2019-2024 including the aim to increase wages and skills, delivering growth and increasing productivity. This neatly led into the final speaker who is leading the drive to up-tech one of Devon's primary industries: agriculture.

Richard Tucker, winner of the Young Farmer of the Year award, explained how he uses technology, including a ‘plonker’ to measure grass growth and yields, and how he can then use this data to calculate the effect on milk production and allows the farm to make profit forecasts.

The audience left in no doubt that, whatever Brexit brings, Mid Devon - and Devon at large - has the skills and motivation to thrive.

15 Nov 2018
Business Forum Cardyard

Brilliant Business Forum educates and inspires

We chaired another excellent Business Forum Mid Devon this evening, with three very different but inspiring speakers. 

First up was David Ralph, the new CEO of Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HoSW LEP). He outlined the LEP's big ambition to double the size of the local economy over the next 20 years by raising productivity, then challenged the business owners in the room to be part of the journey, explaining how the LEP could help them realise their organisations' potential.

Having been challenged to raise our game, Rosie Jeffery of Being your Best then gave some top tips on how we could avoid typical 'rocks in the business road':

- The Money Rock: prioritise getting profitability, cash flow and funding clearly sorted 

- The Time Rock: make sure you're not just busy; you're effective. Don’t procrastinate. Don't let important jobs build up until they're urgent: tackle them ASAP. Make sure you are doing things for the right reasons. Work out if multi-tasking is costing you efficiency or effectiveness: it's not for all types of brain

- The Other People Rock: you're driving your bus - and you can say 'No'. Stay open and react to others when it's beneficial, but drive your bus.

Theory is one thing, but it was most inspiring to then hear from someone who has navigated such rocks in his business road, and had not only lived to tell the tale but is thriving. Mike Hayman launched gift card exchange Cardyard from scratch, against huge odds, and he explained how he tackled each major challenge at a time, to achieve his goals. It was utterly fascinating to hear of his journey, the challenges he has had to overcome and his future vision for the business. He really does deserve to succeed - and, coincidentally, if you want a new way of saving money when you spend, or making some money you might otherwise (typically) lose, then check out his website: www.cardyard.co.uk