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.
Our charity golf day has raised more than £7,000 to help people living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
The annual event saw nearly 100 people in 23 teams compete at Teignmouth Golf Course in aid of the South West MS Therapy Centre.
East Devon District Council (“EDDC”) have recently launched a new grant fund aimed specifically at businesses and organisations operating in their council area. They have called it their “Innovation & Resilience Fund”, and a grant of up to £50,000 per business or organisation is available, with a minimum application of just £2,500.
A team of five from Thomas Westcott stepped out to support a local charity at the North Devon Hospice Nightwalk on 11 September.
Veronika Boumova and Kerry Tyas from our Barnstaple office, Vanessa Parnell, a Partner in our Holsworthy office, and Nicky Bowden and Maria Lawrence from our Bideford office formed the team TW Wonder Women.
It has been fascinating to see investors’ reactions to the turmoil in financial markets caused by the first global pandemic in over a century. Interestingly, the response has not been what we might have expected.
The crisis has sharpened many people’s focus on financial planning for the future.
Thomas Westcott is delighted to sponsor the 2021 Sidmouth Classic Car Show. The event takes place in the cricket pavilion in the town centre on Saturday 18 September.
The annual show is organised by Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce, to boost trade in the East Devon town. As active members of the Chamber, we have supported the show since it began in 2012.
From the 1 October 2021 through to 31 March 2022 we will have four rates of VAT to deal with for the first time in over 40 years. During that 6-month period, a temporary 12.5% rate will apply to the hospitality industry. This rate replaces the reduced 5% rate that has applied to most hospitality related supplies since July 2020.
Carers from a company in South Devon have been revving up for their latest appointments after hitting the roads of the county in a fleet of brand-new corporate cars.
Staff shortages are causing a crisis in the hospitality sector. While consumer demand is there, restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafes are struggling to recover from the pandemic because they are unable to recruit and retain enough staff.
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