01392 288555

From January 2015, farmers will no longer be entitled to claim subsidies on fields covered by solar panels. The announcement was made by Elizabeth Trust, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, as a drive to encourage food production from land, and to slow the growth of the land based solar parks throughout England and Wales. This comes on the back of another recent announcement of reduced incentives for large scale land based solar parks from next April, with stricter planning rules. Together these reduce the attractiveness of such investments going forward, with serious need for investment appraisal before embarking upon.

It is also felt that such a move will deliver better value for the taxpayer with a saving in the region of £2m per year, as well as achieving greater benefits for rural communities, wildlife and the wider environment.

However, opportunity and incentive still remains for solar panels on roofs of buildings for example south facing cattle shed, as a source of diversified income and, at present, capital allowances are available to set off against profits of the business.

For more information call Edward Jenner on 01237 472725

Thomas Westcott is delighted to be co sponsor of the Volunteer Ability Award at this years' Volunteer of the Year Awards hosted by Devon Community Foundation and taking place this Thursday 23rd October 2014.

Shona Godefroy and Steve Cresswell two partners from the Thomas Westcott specialist charity team will be attending the evening at the RAMM to present the award.

This year there will be five awards:

* The Devon Community Foundation Thriving Community Award

* The Trustee of the Year Award

* Creating Opportunities for Children & Young People Award

* Helping People Grow Volunteer of the Year Award

* Volunteer Ability Award ~  sponsored by Thomas Westcott & St Loye's Foundation

The nominees for this Award are:

Seize the Moment - Janice Copp
Special Olympics Exeter & District - Paul Gray
Access all Aerials - Rowland Crow

Our Autumn Charity Newsletter is here! Please CLICK HERE to view.

Details of our annual charity seminar are enclosed. This years' topic is 'Boosting Charity Income'. To book your place at this years' seminar please email events@thomaswestcott.co.uk


This years' charity golf day held at Teignmouth Golf Club raised a fantastic £3600 for the South West Multiple Sclerosis Centre in Exeter. We had beautiful sunny weather and a great day was had by all. Congratulations to our winners (pictured below) and a huge thank you to all the teams who entered, our sponsors and organisers for your continued support.



Our Honiton office was buzzing with activity yesterday raising funds for East Devon Day Hospice.

A cake sale and raffle were the main highlights of the day. The team raised a fantastic £145.51 and Thomas Westcott has pledged to match this making the total raised from the day up to £291.02


Financial Reporting Standard 102 will become the new accounting standard for unlisted medium and large sized companies in the UK. It applies to accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2015 however there will be a need to restate comparatives where differences in the new accounting treatments arise. There is an option to adopt early if you wish for any accounting periods ending on or after the 31 December 2012 however we feel that early adoption is unlikely for most companies.

A number of key accounting differences arise on implementation of the new standard. Please come along to one of our breakfast business briefings where we will be discussing the differences in more detail, or please contact Shona Godefroy, Head of Audit and Assurance, on 01392 288555.

Our Business Briefings are taking place on:

Tuesday 11th November - At The Barnstaple Hotel, Barnstaple, EX31 1LE


Tuesday 18th November - At The Devon Hotel, Exeter, EX2 8XU


08.00 - 08.30 - Breakfast and Networking

08.00 - 09.30 - Presentations and Questions

Please RSVP to Olivia Burls - events@thomaswestcott.co.uk or 01392 288555



CLICK HERE to read all the latest agricultural news, in our Autumn 2014 Agricultural Newsletter.

If you have any questions regarding the topics covered in our newsletter please contact Edward.jenner@thomaswestcott.co.uk




We are delighted to announce that we have launched a Manufacturing & Technology specialist team, Chris Hill, Partner in our Exeter office will be heading up the team, the other members are Shona Godefroy (Exeter & Plymouth offices), Mark Tibbert (North Devon offices) and David Cresswell (Barnstaple office).

A newsletter has also been launched in conjunction with the new team, please CLICK HERE to read.

We hope you find the newsletter interesting and informative, if you have any comments or questions about the newsletter or the team, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Chris Hill 01392 288555 or chris.hill@thomaswestcott.co.uk




This year the Thomas Westcott Charity Golf Day in aid of the South West Multiple Sclerosis Centre will be held at Teignmouth Golf Club on the 2nd October, the event has been running for many years and is a fun day of golf followed by dinner.

There is still time to enter a team, if you have any questions about the day or would like to enter a team please contact steve.cresswell@thomaswestcott.co.uk or call 01271 374138



Dear North Devon Businesses,
I am writing to you as Trevor Stanbury, the Tourism representative Director on the Board of North Devon+. For the sake of clarity, I was the founder and Director of the North Devon Marketing Bureau which later became part of North Devon+.

Sadly, I have to inform you that our two District Councils have withdrawn their funding from Tourism marketing.  As you will be well aware it is essential that North Devon is able to compete both nationally and internationally in tourism. The marketing of the region not only helps to fill the beds but the vast secondary spend by people on holiday supports the Attractions, Restaurants and also the high streets of our towns and villages along with the many other ancillary businesses as well.

I have been in discussion with the original directors of the North Devon Marketing Bureau to try and find a way out of the predicament that we now find ourselves in. Firstly, identifying the things which we believe are the most critical to safeguard and maintain our market share in a very competitive market place and have decided to call an emergency conference on the 24th September at 11 am at the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple with one main item on the agenda: ‘Do you want a marketing campaign for North Devon?’ We anticipate being finished before lunch time! I hope that by working together we will be able to find a solution. THE FUTURE OF YOUR BUSINESS DEPENDS ON IT - PLEASE COME.
You will see from the North Devon Journal that several of our main wholesalers and shopping outlets are already supporting this new initiative.
Rudi Lancaster, owner of the Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks is in full support of this initiative and shares my concern about the impact a withdrawal of council funding will have on all businesses in North Devon: ‘As an ex Board member of the North Devon Marketing Bureau I believe it’s imperative that we all pull together at this point in time.’
Peter Brend, of The Brend Group is also supporting this plan: ‘The tourism industry is extremely important to the North Devon economy and we must find a way to support it in 2015.’
Wednesday 24th September at the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple. To register please CLICK HERE.
(Registration from 10.00am, conference start 11.00am)

If you cannot attend the conference but would like to provide comments please CLICK HERE.
It is vitally important that we maintain our presence in the national and international market places.
My mobile phone number is listed below for anyone who would like to speak to me.
Yours sincerely
Trevor Stanbury MBE
The Milky Way Adventure Park
Clovelly, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 5RY
Mob -  07977 509053
Tel - 01237 431255
Web -  www.themilkyway.co.uk


North Devon+ is the Destination Management Organisation for North Devon and Exmoor
Our vision is for North Devon and Exmoor to be an attractive and vibrant place to live, learn, work and visit based upon a high quality environment and a prosperous and sustainable economy.