Exist Insight ISSUE 13

ExIST Sponsors

  1. Thompson Jenner LLP

    Thompson Jenner LLP

    Thompson Jenner LLP is one of Devon’s leading independent Chartered Accountants, business advisers and tax consultants providing solutions for businesses, charities and individuals across Devon and the South West. We work with entrepreneurs, new business start-ups, growing and established businesses as well as those looking to sell their business and plan for exit. We offer our clients a comprehensive range of audit, accountancy, business support and tax services and have specialist staff to help with starting in business, corporate finance, business tax planning, payroll services, cloud accounting, business IT solutions, personal financial planning and wealth-building. If you are involved in international business, through our membership of DFK International we have access to a global network of overseas accountants and tax specialists. Our specialist business tax team can advise and support businesses with claiming for Research and Development tax reliefs which allow businesses to offset R & D costs by reducing their corporation tax bill or obtaining cash rebates for a loss-making business. We have successfully claimed relief on over £3.3M of additional expenditure for our clients including businesses involved in software development, engineering products and drink technology. As members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales we are regulated to meet the highest standard of service.

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  2. Met Office

    Met Office

    The Met Offfice is the UK's National Weather Service. We aim to be recognised as a world leader in weather and climate forecasting. We work at the cutting edge of weather and climate science, and exploiting state of the art information technology

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  3. Michelmores


    Michelmores Solicitors is a leading regional law firm, advising clients across the UK and abroad. We offer a comprehensive range of legal services on the areas important to you and your organisation. Michelmores' Technology, Media & Communications (TMC) Team offers clients a team of highly regarded specialist lawyers dedicated to advising on all aspects of non-contentious and contentious technology, digital media and communications issues. The team advises clients on: * Intellectual property technology and communications ; * Trademark - brand management, licensing, registration (UK and overseas), passing off ; * Design & copyright - identification and protection, licensing, acquisition ; * Patent protection - products and processes, direct and indirect infringements; * Licensing * Database rights Team members include lawyers with first hand experience of working in the TMC sector as well as regulatory lawyers who specialise in advising clients in the private and public sector. By combining the skill sets of specialist lawyers in this way, Michelmores delivers a comprehensive, fully integrated and seamless end-to-end service capability, geared to promptly responding to individual business needs.

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  4. Exeter City Council

    Exeter City Council

    Exeter has an estimated population of 127,300 with a travel to work area of over 470,000 residents. Exeter City Council encourages investment and business growth in the city. Our many success stories, featuring large and small businesses, all contribute to the thriving Exeter economy. Initiatives like Exist enable like-minded people to network and exchange ideas.

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  5. Exeter University

    Exeter University

    The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students and is in the top one per cent of universities worldwide. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the University ranked 16th nationally, with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality.

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  6. Bitpod


    Bitpod are specialists in online video marketing, working with a wide variety of clients to produce the perfect video solution. Versatile & adaptable, the company has achieved excellent results with promotional & informational projects for both commercial customers & the public sector.

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  7. NHS Digital

    NHS Digital

    NHS Digital is the national information and technology partner to the health and social care system using digital technology to transform the NHS and social care.

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  8. Software Solved

    Software Solved

    Experts in technologies for digital transformation and innovation. We’ve been developing software solutions for over 20 years. Our team is comprised of experienced and skilled developers, business analysts, technical consultants, project managers and testing experts. Our passionate team have the skills to support our clients at any stage of software and data process from consultancy, requirements gathering, system and architecture design, development and support.

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  9. Eagle One

    Eagle One

    The Eagle One group of companies is an Exeter based private property company set up by Mark Kay in 1984. Previously known as Rockeagle, the name was changed to Eagle One following the sale of the development arm of the business in April 2001. Mark Kay retired as a Director of Eagle One on 31 December 2001, whilst retaining ownership. A property asset portfolio of well in excess of £150 million has been built-up over the past 20 years. Eagle One are actively seeking to expand the portfolio through it's development activities and the acquisition of further investment and development properties. The ownership structure, market knowledge and team experience, coupled with the company's significant cash resources and strong financing lines, allow the Directors to be pro-active and make swift decisions based upon long term objectives.

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  10. Exeter College

    Exeter College

    Exeter College was established in 1970 as the first tertiary college in the UK and provides education and training to students from across Exeter, the heart of Devon and further afield. It welcomes over 4,400 full time students, 5,400 part time adult learners and 1,600 work based learning students, including 550 apprentices with local and regional employers. The courses include programmes for 14-16 students drawn from schools across the county, over 35 highly successful A levels and the International Baccalaureate, a wide range of vocational and industry-led courses, over 30 university-level courses and adult learning provision delivered at the college and in community venues. Science and Technology courses are very popular and the college celebrates high success rates at all levels with, for example one in five of our maths A level students recording the highest A* grade. Engineering, maths and science subject students benefit from strong links with local and national industry leaders including the ground-breaking partnership with Flybe through the engineering diploma and our links with the Met Office €“particularly its support for our Reach Academy for academically gifted students. The college will soon boast a brand new £8.5million dedicated Technology Centre being built on the outskirts of Monkerton to accommodate the growing Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive faculty.

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  11. SETsquared


    SETsquared, the global no. 1 university business incubator operates programmes at two prime locations on either side of Exeter. The University of Exeter Innovation Centre, home to The Deck, driving entrepreneurship amongst University students and graduates on the Streatham campus. Exeter Science Park Centre, is a business park on the outskirts of the city for growing science and technology businesses. These Centres provide an outstanding environment and a wealth of facilities and services, including access to leading edge knowledge and expertise. SETsquared also supports high-tech start-up companies, providing student enterprise and enabling academics to maximise the impact of their research. In the centres, dedicated business and technology support staff are available, providing business acceleration services to clients at all stages of development. Clients can also access Experts in Residence, business mentors, networks and a range of events, workshops and seminars. The centres are the gateway to the University’s services and facilities for business. Last year, more than 500 projects were undertaken with business and £5.6m was generated by the University through its work with industry. More than 100 members of academic and technical staff have worked with a commercial partner during the past three years. Read more at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/business/innovation/setsquared/#d0R8xh7sEBbZhew5.99

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  12. Exeter Chamber of Commerce

    Exeter Chamber of Commerce

    ExIST is a sub-group of Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Exeter Chamber is the leading business organisation in the city and is committed to supporting the interests of its members. Current membership stands close to 500 businesses embracing a wide cross-section of industry and commerce in Exeter and the surrounding area. The Chamber plans to continue working on behalf of its members to improve the commercial prosperity of the City and County to the mutual benefit of members and the community.

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