Chris Hill
By Partner Chris Hill



Grants are currently available to businesses based in certain areas of Cornwall through Community Led Local Development. A brief summary of the grant funding available is set out below:

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Simon Lake
By Director Simon Lake


Fraud is a growing risk for charities, so it is important for trustees to be able to spot a threat.

How often do you hear about fraud in the news? Sadly, in today’s world it happens too often and anyone with an internet connection or an email address is at risk. 

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Stuart Carrington
By Partner Stuart Carrington



After Brexit and the pandemic, could energy prices be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for tourism and hospitality businesses?

The world is full of tipping points. For years at a time we grumble at small changes that each make life a little more challenging but which leave things broadly unchanged.

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Our top team of runners has raised more than £1,500 for Children’s Hospice South West.

Seven members of staff from our Barnstaple, Axminster and Seaton office put in weeks of training and fundraising to get ready for Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon, which took place last month.

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The South West is home to many pioneering businesses but it is not always clear how to access the funding for research and development (R&D). In fact, some businesses are not even aware that the innovative work they are carrying out is R&D.

I’ll have the opportunity to discuss this issue with businesses this week. Thomas Westcott is sponsoring the SW Innovation Expo, taking place in Exeter on 14 October, and I’m delighted to be attending with colleagues. I’m looking forward to meeting businesses from across the region and learning about their breakthroughs in cutting edge technology and innovative ideas.

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Mark Tibbert
By Partner Mark Tibbert


Earlier in the year there was speculation that the Chancellor may not hold an Autumn Budget this year. We now know that will not be the case with the announcement last month that the Autumn Budget will be held on 27 October 2021, so what can we expect? 

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Peter Webb
By Partner Peter Webb


When I wrote in September 2020 that manufacturing output had grown at its fastest rate since May 2014, I never imagined we would still be feeling the pandemic’s effects 12 months later. Nevertheless, the take up of the vaccine across the UK does give some grounds for optimism.

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Patrick Tigwell
By Partner Patrick Tigwell


Thomas Westcott is proud to be supporting the SW Innovation Expo on 14 October and sponsoring the Innovation Showcase. 

The SW Innovation Expo is an important event for the region. The South West is fast developing a reputation as a technology and innovation hub and we recognise the importance of this for the region’s economic growth and prosperity. 

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We are in the process of selecting our Charity of the Year to support in 2022.

If you are interested in being considered, please complete the application form HERE.

Peter Lomax
By Partner Peter Lomax


When I was asked to be a judge at the Business Leader Awards I had no hesitation in accepting.  "It's a lot of work", I was warned.  It was - but it was still an absolute privilege.  The last 18 months has been incredibly tough for businesses, and I was intrigued to see how the best leaders had adapted to the challenges thrown their way.

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