Business promotion grants awarded to 12 Devon companies


Posted on: 24 March 2016

Funding has been awarded to 12 Devon businesses to help them promote themselves to new audiences.

Devon County Council’s Business Promotion Grant was recently launched through its Devon Delivers programme, which aims to encourage businesses to relocate to the county.

The Council has now announced the companies receiving grants of £1,000 to cover direct exhibiting costs of attending trade shows or events this year. With the support of this County Council grant, some of Devon’s most cutting-edge products and services are gaining valuable exposure at high-profile industry events across the country, promoting them to national and international audiences.

The businesses benefiting from the grant include:

Exeter based Cgon manufactures a fuel additive system. The company will be attending the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham next month.

Simpleware, based in Exeter, will exhibit its world-leading 3D image processing, analysis and model generation software and services at the NAFEMS UK Conference in Telford in June.

Electronic cow monitoring company, eCow, also based in Exeter, will attend the UK Dairy Day in Telford in September.

Professor Toby Mottram, Chief Engineer at eCow, said: “The Devon Delivers support allows us to have an independent stand at a major dairy show for the first time to promote our solution to the problem of managing cow nutrition. Ours is a radical high tech solution measuring rumen pH rather than guessing this key parameter in dairy cow feeding.”

Cottonsafe, based in Woodbury, will use its share of the grant to exhibit its naturally fire-retardant furniture fabric at the Decorex International Show in London in September. The company has developed and patented the material, which is handmade in Devon, without any fire retardant chemicals and it is promoting the product to the hotel and interior design industry.

Lifesaver Technology Ltd, of Morebath, will attend the Venue Expo in Liverpool in November to showcase its emergency first aid equipment.

Applegate Marketplace will attend the Advanced Engineering Show in Birmingham in November.

Steve Paine, Marketing Manager at Applegate Marketplace, said: “We’re extremely grateful to have been awarded the Devon Delivers Business Promotion grant. The successful grant application has enabled us to attend one of the most pivotal shows in our calendar which is vital for the company to showcase Applegate PRO to relevant and engaged clients and potential customers.”

Eye Sky Group will exhibit at the Luxury Property Show in London in October.

Shebbear based Westcountry Concrete, which makes concrete agricultural products, will use its grant to attend the UK Dairy Day in Telford in September.

Matt Squire, of Westcountry Concrete, said: “A big thank you to the Devon Delivers Business Promotion Grant team. It has afforded us an extra bite of the cherry we would not have otherwise had. The grant will allow us to promote our business at an important national trade show and meet more new potential customers face to face.”

The Virtual Jet Centre, based in Chudleigh, which offers courses and training in its 737 simulator, will use the grant to attend the CIPD Learning and Development show in London in May.

Captain Andrew Wilkins, Founder of the Virtual Jet Centre, said: “We are the only centre in the world that has a team of four experts with over 100 years of combined training experience in the industry. The Olympia show will promote the importance of our company in the business world, and highlight the fact that this innovative product is in Devon, which will increase awareness of the West Country.”

Ashburton based Twool, which makes twine from Dartmoor wool, will exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.

Kim Stead, from Twool, said: ‘’I am delighted that the County Council has provided this grant for our stand at RHS Chelsea Flower show 2016; it is a world-class horticultural show like no other and enables us to present our Devon made products to our target market. Having this opportunity to promote an area rich in creative thinking, diversity and natural beauty and one which I am fortunate to call my home is a very proud moment for me.”

Kingsbridge based Lockabox, which makes hygienic, secure, lockable storage will exhibit at the Gadget Show in Birmingham next month.

Peter Morris, of Lockabox, said: “We are a new start-up business based in Devon and promotional activities are sometimes out of reach. Thankfully we have been able to attend a national trade show, made possible by the Devon Delivers Business Promotion Grant. This is such a valuable opportunity for us and we are confident it will make a huge difference to our business.”

Exciting Education, based in Tavistock, provides consultancy and workshops for schools and businesses. The company attended the British Tourism and Travel Show earlier this month.
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “We received an incredible response to the competitive bidding process held for these grants and we have ensured that as many companies as possible benefit from this scheme. Our Devon Delivers initiative is all about promoting the county as a location where successful businesses can thrive, and this grant funding will enable Devon businesses to receive important exposure in showcasing what they and the county have to offer. ”

For more information about the Devon Delivers programme go to

2 comments on “Business promotion grants awarded to 12 Devon companies

  1. Geoff Allibone says:

    I received 2 days notice of the availability of this grant and sadly was not awarded any grant after rushing an application. I have noted that no business from Torbay was awarded a grant; neither Plymouth. Exeter as a centre of commerce did pretty well.

    • Sorry that you didn’t hear about the scheme sooner but it was well publicised in advance, from 15 January, via our and Newscentre websites, as well as via social media and through local media following the issue of a press release.

      Unfortunately we couldn’t provide a grant to everyone who applied as we received such an excellent response from local companies. The grants were awarded to those businesses which best met the criteria, ie the eligible events were B2B events and priority was given to businesses taking a new product or service to market.

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