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					MAY 2010




    Not just talk…
    … but a chance to network and do business. Read Carly Neenan
    on why the Chamber’s events are the talk of the town.
                                                                          — Centre Pages




 In thIs Issue
           Who’s Michael Alexander?       A desk job that isn’t          Print’s charming
           You meet him here, you meet    Desks are quite a big part     Why Dr Tean Mitchell
           him there… but who is he and   of Vince Brookes’ life – but   prefers newspapers to
           what’s he doing for us?        he’s not always behind one.    online offerings
           Page 4                         Page 14                        Page 23



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DAVID PARLBY’s VIew
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It’s Spring, so help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Crunchy Breakfast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Why are our best young brains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       training in Plymouth then
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       leaving the region?


our city blossom                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Page 4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Who’s Michael Alexander?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       here’s your chance to find out
ChANGE is in the air. It’s Spring, it’s                        These are just some examples that                                                                                                                                                                                                       more about him and put a face
election time, and the economic                             demonstrate that progress is being made                                                                                                                                                                                                    to the name.
tectonic plates beneath Plymouth are                        with the economic plans and objectives we                                                                                                                                                                                                  Page 4
shifting at an accelerated pace.                            as a city set ourselves in 2006.
                                                               There are many more things happening                                                                                                                                                                                                    More for members
This will bring – hopefully – better weather,               behind the scenes working towards the                                                                                                                                                                                                      how many benefits of being
definitely a revised Chamber Board of                       same end that cannot yet be talked about                                                                                                                                                                                                   a Chamber member are you
Directors, and further visible signs of                     owing to commercial sensitivities.                                                                                                                                                                                                         aware of?
progress with the city’s economic strategy.                    The key to this significant movement                                                                                                                                                                                                    Page 11
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resolve the issue of our public finances.                   in Plymouth’s economic development –                                                                                                                                                                                                       Chamber events and what’s
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  We shall see the outcome of the city’s                    but we are not there yet. We need more                                                                                                                                                                                                     happening for the next month.
brand identity work led by the Plymouth                     businesses to join the Chamber, attend                                                                                                                                                                                                     Page 16
City Development Company (PCDC).                            networking and briefing events, make
  Work has commenced on the next stage                      their views known and make a genuine                                                                                                                                                                                                       Members’ Directory
of the Millbay development.                                 contribution to the future of this city. In                                                                                                                                                                                                A free member service: an
  The draft of the third local Transport                    short, get involved and make a difference!                                                                                                                                                                                                 at-a-glance directory of all our
Plan will be put out to public consultation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           members, every month.
  new public sector buyers such as                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pages 17-21
Plymouth Community homes will start to
place opportunities on Sell2Plymouth.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One More Thing…
  Further discussions will have taken                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dr Tean Mitchell on the joys
place with Fibrecity in respect of Digital                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of print in a world that’s
Plymouth.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              increasingly online.
  The ad for the new Waterfront Manager                     David Parlby                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Page 23
will have been published.                                   Chief executive, Plymouth Chamber


Chamber patrons and partners




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4      news / Crunchy Breakfast

                                    DeBAte: Most graduates of Plymouth Business School leave the region quickly




                                    How can we stop
                                    the brain drain?
                                    EFFORTS to halt the Brain
                                    Drain and stop graduates from
                                    leaving the region were the
                                    subject of the April Crunchy

Michael’s                           Breakfast given by Dr Andy
                                    Phippen, the University


the man if
                                    of Plymouth’s Director of
                                    Responsible Enterprise and
                                    Senior Lecturer in Enterprise

you want                            and Ethics.



to spread
                                     Businesses often think people
                                    associated with universities are
                                    just after money, he told the

the word!                           meeting at the Duke Of Cornwall.
                                       The university is sometimes
                                    seen as an ivory tower, he said,
MIChAEL Alexander of True           and the Roland levinsky building,
Man Promotions has been             although supposedly the face of
appointed to sell Chamberlink       the university, does not seem to       There is a new Dean in              internships that are also funded
advertising on behalf of the        invite people from the business      the Business School who is            and offer work experience.
Chamber.                            community in.                        reviewing the curriculum.                Perhaps the Chamber should
                                       The Plymouth Business School        he would like a greater focus       start actively recruiting students
Michael has worked in marketing     has 750 graduates a year but the     on social issues and sustainability   as members either through
and advertising for many years      majority leave the South West        with a regional focus.                the main Chamber or through
and is a stern believer in the      immediately after graduation           A Business enterprise Degree        Chambernet, he said.
power of exposure.                  while those who stay tend to go      that will have a regional focus          This would help increase
   “Chamberlink magazine            into the public sector.              has been launched. It will equip      the visibility of students in the
is an ideal way for people to          Many graduates want to stay       students with the skills needed       business community.
communicate with the business       in the region but claim they are     for enterprise in the South West.        It would also be useful to invite
fraternity,” says Michael.          unaware of the opportunities           Asked what businesses can           some of these students to speak
   “With more advertising we        here.                                do, Dr Phippen urged them to get      at Chamber events such as the
can produce more hard copies           The university wants to stress    involved in Knowledge Transfer        eco-Business Group.
of Chamberlink and give even        that it isn’t just after cash from   Partnerships (KTPs) which are         NEXT TIME: nick holman,
greater benefit to our members.”    local businesses, he said.           60% Government funded and             Chairman and Director of Vickery
   If you would like to advertise      It’s setting up an employer       aimed at small businesses.            holman property consultants, will
in Chamberlink, please contact      liaison Group to help businesses       They are generally two-year         assess the commercial property
Michael on 01392 832048 or          feed into the curriculum of the      schemes and although very             market in Plymouth and where it
07531 355294 and he’ll tell you     Business School and it will be       successful, do require some           may be heading. The event is on
how Chamberlink could benefit       holding project open days and        investment from business.             Wednesday 5 May from 7.30am
you and your business.              informal recruitment events.           he suggested offering graduate      to 9am.



Austrian intern Kerstin praises the Chamber
I hAD the pleasure to be allowed to do a        Chamber’s mode of working. I liked the            for me and I’ve also improved my language
three-week internship at the Chamber and        Plymouth Better Together project best             skills.
take part in its events and meetings.           because it is a good opportunity to make the         In addition, Plymouth is a great city, the
                                                city a better one.                                sights are great and the people are very
It was exciting to see the similarities and        My colleagues in the Chamber were              friendly.
differences between the Austrian Chamber of     very friendly, competent, and always had a           It was certainly not my last time in
Commerce and the Plymouth Chamber.              response to my questions.                         Plymouth!
   I have received a great insight into the        The internship was really a great experience                                 KERSTIN KOzAK
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MeMBeRs’ news                              ReseARCh: Huge funding boost for city will build on world-leading work
In BRIef

Giving a hand to foot
Plymouth City Centre manager Clint
Jones has officially opened the Royal
Parade store of Foot Solutions, run by
husband and wife team Andrew and
Karen Scowcroft. the Plymouth store
was the first of only three so far to
open in the uK and has already seen
more than 1,500 customers.

hundred raise thousands
Plymouth’S inaugural twestival –
attended by more than 100 twitterers
– raised almost £6,000 for the global
charity Concern Worldwide, the fourth
highest figure in the uK and more than
cities like Vancouver, San Francisco,
Barcelona and Sydney.

All about here




                                           Millions more
A ViSitoR guide for Plymouth has
been launched with 30,000 copies
available free at tourist information
Centres and at VisitPlymouth.co.uk.
Andrew huckerby, chairman of Visit
Plymouth, says tourism is worth




                                           for Plymouth
£395 million to the city. Plymouth is
expected to get more than six million
visitors this season.

top one for twofour
tim EmmEtt, Development Director
          at education charity CfBt,
          is to join twofour in may as     PLyMOUTh’S position as a global centre of              encourage innovation and enterprise and help turn
          Director of Development in       excellence for science, innovation and marine          research into business opportunities.
          the company’s Knowledge          energy research is receiving a major boost with          Centred on Tamar Science Park, it will provide
          division which will focus        a £25 million investment plan to build facilities      incubation and support services to help fledgling
on opportunities in education, skills,     and transform the way world-leading research           companies with good ideas to thrive and grow
public health and the private sector.      in the city is turned into commercial success.         to become the high-value employers needed for
                                                                                                  Plymouth’s future economic growth.
Adding to wonderland                       The Plymouth Science & Innovation Programme              Overall responsibility for co-ordinating the PSIP’s
PEARn & Procter Chartered                  (PSIP) has been created by a partnership led by the    strategy and ensuring it is delivered will be taken
Architects have created a reception        South West RDA (Regional Development Agency),          by a PSI Council, which will bring together key
area for the record number of film fans    the University of Plymouth and Plymouth City           stakeholders, education and research institutes,
and others visiting the national trust’s   Council.                                               investors and innovative businesses.
Alice Experience at Antony house in           It will put in place a citywide strategy aimed        A package of regional and national funding has
torpoint, which featured in Disney’s       at creating jobs, businesses and economic              been confirmed, including £7 million from the South
latest Alice in Wonderland film.           success from science and innovation-related            West RDA, £4 million from the Department of
                                           activities in marine renewables, engineering, marine   Business Innovation and Skills and the Department
help for hannah                            science and other technologies.                        of energy and Climate Change, £11.8 million from
REAl Fusion, a web, graphic design            A new £18 million marine building will be           the University of Plymouth, and £1.5 million from
and marketing agency, is driving a         developed by the University of Plymouth on its city    Plymouth City Council.
new communications strategy for the        campus, housing state-of-the-art research facilities     The RDA has already announced £1.2 million
Dame hannah Rogers trust, designing        including new wave-tank testing equipment that will    funding for the wave-tank as part of the its
signage for its new site at Seal hayne     be unique in the UK.                                   investment in the Peninsula Research Institute for
as well as stationery and posters.            This will be supported by a new structure to        Marine Renewable energy.



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MeMBeRs’ news                             Get COnneCteD wIth the ChAMBeR: Inaugural event goes down a storm
In BRIef

Boost for business
AB FAB media has been chosen for
the Getting British Business online
programme sponsored by Google, Bt,
Enterprise uK and E Skills uK which
helps get small businesses online as
affordably as possible.

steve’s success
            PRoPERty services
            organisation the nPS
            Group has appointed
            Steve Daw, managing
            Director of nPS South
West, to the new role of Southern
Regional Director.

stephen snapped up
tAmAR Science Park has appointed
            Stephen holland as
            Estates & Premises
            manager. he will manage
            building development and
            refurbishment projects,
supervise and oversee building
maintenance, manage contractors,
and develop and implement strategies
including green travel and car parking.




                                          So what do we think
ethics applauded
A uniVERSity of Plymouth masters
Degree in Social Banking and Social
Finance that promotes an ethical



                                          of this city of ours?
use of money has been recognised
by the German state of north
Rhine-Westphalia.

Right to the point
D-DRill (master Drillers) limited has     MORE than 60 Plymouth businesses attended                – where people from all parts of the city have been
          appointed Jimmy Smith as        the first in a series of Get Connected With The          leaving their comments over the last few weeks,
          Plymouth Area manager.          Chamber events sponsored by Bond Pearce.                 good and bad.
          he has more than 30                                                                         In the future this will be added to with interviews,
          years’ experience in the        The event at TR2 was billed as a chance for local        videos and images of how people perceive the city.
          diamond drilling industry.      companies to get an update on the Plymouth City             It is planned for a mobile comment wall or
                                          Development Company’s (PCDC) plans for the               Plymouth cityscape to be erected at various sites
science on show                           re-brand of Plymouth – and delegates were not            across the city including Drake Circus, the university
Plymouth marine Sciences                  disappointed.                                            and the Barbican.
Partnership exhibited at oceanology         lloyd northover, the firm appointed to                    This will enable lloyd northover to design a visual
international 2010 in london – the        project-manage the re-brand, had already carried         framework with a distinct message for Plymouth.
world’s premier show for the marine       out a great deal of research around the city prior to       Gavin Carrier, Chief executive of the PCDC, said
science and technology community          the event in order to feed into its plans and this was   of the event: “I was very pleased with the reaction
– with a stand featuring cutting-edge     conveyed to the audience.                                to lloyd northover’s work so far.
research and technology from its            Research so far has been focussed on five target          “The enthusiasm of the audience in its
seven marine science partners.            areas – Inward Investment, Capital Investment,           questioning was proof indeed that this project is key
                                          the Tourism and Visitor economy, Residential             to Plymouth’s future success.”
where does the truth lie?                 Relocation, and local Communities.                          The brand work and its toolkit is on track for
thE uniVERSity of Plymouth is in            In focussing on these key areas, lloyd northover       completion at the end of May.
charge of evaluating a European           has been consulting with local businesses and               The plan is to implement the brand within the
project involving researchers from        residents about their perceptions of the city in which   Plymouth community in the latter half of August.
universities in hungary, Spain,           they live and work with initial findings suggesting         Campaign work will be rolled out in the Autumn
Germany, Portugal, Finland and            that there is a lack of community confidence in          but in the meantime, the message that delegates
Belgium who will try to assess the        Plymouth but a clear shy pride.                          of the event took away with them is that Plymouth
veracity of information on Wikipedia,       So what is being done with these findings? A           needs to sing about its strengths – because there
twitter and Facebook                      microsite has been set up – www.forplymouth.com          are many.
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MeMBeRs’ news                             ReCOGnItIOn: Nominations are open for this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Awards
In BRIef
waterfront walk
thE nAtionAl marine Aquarium has
joined the Blue mile as an official
support partner to encourage people
to walk around Plymouth’s historical
waterfront on Saturday 3 and Sunday
4 July, starting at the Aquarium and
finishing at West hoe. you can register
at www.national-aquarium.co.uk

Gem of a gesture
JEWEllER michael Spiers has helped
raise £1,000 for the Bowel Cancer
West fund by donating a mont Blanc
pen that was raffled at Plymouth Gin.

Bungalow back-up
hAVEn homes have unveiled a
“supported living bungalow” in



                                                                                 Who’s up for
Whitchurch that lets elderly people
keep their freedom while having the       ThE UNIvERSITy of Plymouth
benefit of 24-hour care and support.      is inviting nominations for The
Residents share a kitchen, lounge,        vice-Chancellor’s Enterprise
conservatory and garden but have          Awards – a prestigious



                                                                                 an enterprise
their own room and front door key.        showcase that recognises
                                          outstanding enterprise in the
festival’s coming                         university, the city and the
Plymouth Summer Festival launched         wider South West region.



                                                                                 award, asks
its 2010 brochure with a mini festival
on the Piazza. the festival has been      The awards were held for the first
developed by Plymouth City Centre         time last year and are designed
Company, Plymouth Chamber of              to celebrate the outstanding
Commerce and Plymouth City Council.       contribution and achievements of


                                                                                 university
updated details will appear at            staff, students and alumni of the
www.plymouthsummerfestival.com            university, as well as its business
                                          and community partners,
                                          including its network of further
                                          education colleges across the
                                          peninsula.                             university to make nominations to    • enhancing employability Award
                                            As a beacon of enterprise            celebrate these successes.”          • Alumni engagement of the Year
                                          and creativity, the university’s          This year’s Awards Dinner         • International engagement
                                          mission is to foster innovation        will take place in the graduation    • International Student
                                          and entrepreneurship in all of its     marquees on Plymouth hoe on          • International Partner
                                          research, teaching and learning        Thursday 16 September.               • enterprising Research
                                          activities, as well as in its links       nominations are open until 30     • World class Researcher
for crying out loud…                      with businesses, individuals and       April in the following categories:   • Research Team
DAViD Saunders of Ab Fab internet         communities.                           • Outstanding new Business           • early Career Researcher
marketing is now Plymouth’s town            The Vice-Chancellor, Professor       • Internship / Placement Provider    • Postgraduate Research Student
Crier and has just been to Rotheram to    Wendy Purcell, said: “exceptional      of the Year                          of the Year
take delivery of his bespoke livery. he   innovation and creativity underpin     • employer of the Year               • enterprise - Student, Academic
is training with a private voice coach    the foundations upon which we          • Knowledge Transfer Partnership     Staff, and Professional Services
and partnering with the Academy of        are building the future of our         of the Year - Short & Classic KTP    Staff
Criers & townsmen in yorkshire.           university, the city and our region.   • local Community engagement         • enterprise In Cornwall
                                            “The enterprise Awards               • Social enterprise                  • Outstanding Contribution
end in sight                              recognise and showcase this and        • Volunteer of the Year - Staff &    • Ambassador of the Year
ASPERGER Syndrome sufferer Sara           they give the communities we           Student                              • Governors’ Award
lyons is on her way to land’s End         serve a chance to pay tribute to       • Student experience                 • 100-plus Terms Awards
after setting out from Dover on 2         those individuals and businesses       • Inspirational Teaching and         recognising more than 100 terms
April to raise awareness of autism        who have placed enterprise at the      Inspirational Professional Support   of lecturing
and raise funds to support lifeworks      heart of what they do.                 for Teaching                            More information is available on
Surfable and Rnli lifeguards. Details       “I would encourage people            • Intern of the Year - Graduate &    the enterprise Awards pages at
at www.asteroidsautism.co.uk              both inside and outside the            Student                              www.plymouth.ac.uk/vcawards

  SMALL BUSINESS? ThEN TAKE A LOOK AT OUR NEW SME PAGE — PAGE 15
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suPPORt: University service will help the rurally isolated network and find up-to-date information




                                     Enterprise
AN INFORMATION and                                                                                              will be workshops and seminars
networking service aimed at                                                                                     on topics requested by business
connecting rural businesses                                                                                     members.
to advice, guidance and each                                                                                       The team will provide weekly




                                     solutions
other is being launched by the                                                                                  e-mail updates and targeted
University of Plymouth.                                                                                         sector-based information,
                                                                                                                and a supporting website –
Rural enterprise Solutions will be                                                                              ruralenterprisesolutions.co.uk –
a free, nationwide support service                                                                              went live on 1 April.




                                     for rural
designed to provide knowledge,                                                                                     “Our aim is to ensure that just
key industry information and                                                                                    because many rural businesses
networking opportunities to                                                                                     are geographically remote, that
enterprises in sectors such as                                                                                  does not preclude them from
farming, forestry and fisheries,                                                                                being firmly embedded within




                                     businesses
horticulture, food and drink,                                                                                   a rich and nurturing knowledge
tourism and renewable energy.                                                                                   support network,” said Professor
   Rural enterprise Solutions will                                                                              Beer. “We will be monitoring
draw on support from university                                                                                 changes to the regulatory
academics, government, industry                                                                                 framework, legislation and
and other appropriate sources to                                                                                policies, reporting on events and
help companies to make sense of      historically they have tended to     abreast of so much complex            providing business-to-business
complex regulatory changes and       work in isolation.                   information. With the launch of       and business-to-specialist
developments.                          “The risk is that because the      Rural enterprise Solutions, the       networking opportunities and
   Professor Julian Beer, Director   business environment can change      university is pulling together        functions.”
of Research and enterprise           so quickly and so dramatically –     the expertise that will simplify         For more information, contact
and Pro Vice-Chancellor at           through policy and legislation, or   that information and provide the      Karen Murray, Manager of Rural
the university, said: “The rural     developments in the energy and       support these crucial businesses      enterprise Solutions, on 01752
businesses of this country play a    environment sectors – it places      need.”                                584965 or at karen.murray@
key role in their communities, but   an onus on companies to stay            Among the services it will offer   plymouth.ac.uk
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hOusInG: Plymouth Community Homes sets itself a challenging agenda to work for the city




Not just bricks and mortar
PLyMOUTh Community                                                                                                 medium-sized businesses (eg
homes is new and faces high                                                                                        plumbers or electricians) the
local expectations. Its first                                                                                      chance to tender for contracts
business plan describes a                                                                                          worth up to £25,000.
challenging financial model,                                                                                          Procurement Manager Anthony
ambitions to invest locally,                                                                                       Keast says: “By expanding the
and why it hopes to make                                                                                           scope for small businesses to
Plymouth proud.                                                                                                    apply for contracts, we hope to
                                                                                                                   create wealth and opportunity for
It is the newest and largest single                                                                                the city.”
housing association based in the                                                                                      Plymouth Community homes’
South West.                                                                                                        ethos is about more than bricks
    Operational since november                                                                                     and mortar.
2009 when a solid majority of                                                                                         It has set itself a challenging
tenants voted for a stock transfer,                                                                                agenda and vision to “work
it is now entrusted with the                                                                                       for Plymouth, strengthen each
ownership and management                                                                                           community and improve the
of about 15,000 homes across                                                                                       quality and services in our
the city which, in people terms,                                                                                   homes”.
it estimates could mean up to                                                                                         “Our priority is residents,” says
30,000 lives.                                                                                                      Mr Turner. “Where they live is
    Money and resources are one                                                                                    not just about the quality of their
of six key explicit priorities with a                                                                              home.
focus on value for money across                                                                                       “We have a responsibility
the organisation.                                                                                                  to communities and
    Says Clive Turner, its Chief                                                                                   neighbourhoods, and will
executive: “Both residents and                                                                                     work alongside agencies and
local businesses have put their                                                                                    businesses in the city to improve
trust in us.                                                                                                       the quality of life for thousands of
    “every penny we spend                                                                                          Plymouth people.”
must be an investment in lives                                                                                        The organisation will advocate
of Plymouth people – and this                                                                                      where it can (and it believes it
extends to investing in the local                                                                                  should) on behalf of residents.
economy as well.”                                                                                                     This may mean influencing
    Critical to its success will be                                                                                agendas around education,
transparency of its multi-million                                                                                  training, employment, crime,
pound capital investment.                                                                                          community cohesion, and health.
    Core funding comes from                                                                                           “We won’t operate in
the Government’s homes &                                                                                           isolation,” says Clive. “As a new
Communities Agency alongside            windows and heating systems for       property department will open its    member of Plymouth Strategic
significant lending from the Royal      hundreds of residents.                doors to the first group of young    Partnership we look forward to
Bank of Scotland.                          The first stages of the            work experience candidates from      working with Plymouth 2020
    This funding of about               regeneration of north Prospect        City College Plymouth.               in the best interests of our
£250 million underpins the              promises long-awaited                    “If we can find a way to offer    residents and the wider Plymouth
organisation’s ambitious plans          improvement (and in some cases        work opportunities to young          community.
to meet the Decent homes                demolition) of hundreds of homes      people in the Plymouth area, we         “We are determined to meet
Standard by 2014.                       that would otherwise continue to      will,” says Mr Turner.               expectations.
    Plymouth Community homes            decline.                                 Plymouth Community homes             “We want Plymouth to be
describe those investments in its          As part of its focus on people,    is committed to supporting the       proud of us.”
new business plan.                      it aims to be an excellent            local economy in other ways.            Copies of the Plymouth
    They include a five-year            employer.                                It plans to join Sell2Plymouth,   Community homes business
improvement programme on                   It will create opportunities for   the electronic database of local     plan can be found at www.
homes which will mean new               apprenticeships as well as staff.     suppliers.                           plymouthcommunityhomes.co.uk
kitchens, bathrooms, doors,                This Spring, for example, its         It will offer small and           or by calling 01752 398353.


Every penny we spend must be an investment in the lives of Plymouth people – and this
extends to investing in the local economy as well.”
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tAMAR sCIenCe PARK: Chief Executive Nigel Halford on a unique nurturing business environment




How to avoid growing pains
ESTABLIShED in 1995, Tamar Science Park                                                                 healthcare presence on the site, TSP is also
(TSP) is the only fully-operational science                                                             home to the hyperbaric Medical Centre,
park in the South West of England.                                                                      Cardio Analytics and express Diagnostics, the
                                                                                                        Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry,
Its client base of 66 organisations, employing                                                          and, commencing its build in April, the new
some 650 people, closely mirrors the key                                                                Dental School.
priority sectors that underpin Plymouth`s                                                                 TSP also enjoys a close working relationship
local economic Development Strategy.                                                                    with the University of Plymouth and the
   Increasingly benchmarked against by                                                                  Fe sector in Plymouth, Plymouth City
science parks and innovation centres across                                                             Council economic Services, Plymouth City
the UK, TSP truly reflects a “total business                                                            Development Company and the South West
environment” in which science, industry and                                                             RDA across a number of initiatives which
education converge.                                                                                     have, at their heart, innovation and enterprise.
   Development to date on the 29-acre                                                                     The efficacy of TSP – the park with the
landscaped site has seen the creation of four                                                           extra TlC – is reflected in what businesses
phases providing conducive, inspirational and                                                           based there have to say about it.
flexible business space.                                                                                  “My move on to TSP has been the best
   Client entry can be made at any point along                                                          business decision I’ve made since I set up in
the growth continuum from pre-incubation or                                                             business,” says Craig McAlpine, Managing
start-up through to incubation and grow-on             a gateway and not a final destination. As        Director of the e-mail Protection Agency ltd.
space.                                                 companies outgrow and move off the park,           And Sam Gray of Studio Space One says:
   Movement on and off TSP reflects the                the cycle starts again.                          “We find the positive support and innovative
development cycle and to this end, TSP is                 Reflecting the strong medical and             space crucial to us and our studios’ growth.”




      imagine	the	perfect	business	space
                                                                                  	   Phases	1	&	2	         Phase	3	               Phase	4

       Tamar	Science	Park	(TSP)	in	Devon	is	increasingly	
       recognised	as	a	driver	of	innovation	and	knowledge-	
       exploitation	and	at	the	forefront	in	the	provision	of	
       value-added	services.	

       What can TSP offer you?
                                                           •	meeting	rooms                              •	social	and	networking	opportunities	
        •	sustainable	modern	building	design		             •	Data	Centre                                •	parking
        	 nestled	in	a	natural	landscape
        •	relaxed,	creative	and	stimulating		              •	ParkCentral	bistro                         •	seminars	and	workshops
        	 environment                                      •	high-speed	internet	and	wireless		         •	business	link	services	on-site
                                                           	 access;	resilient	network	infrastructure   •	on-site	manned	security	service		
        •	sector-clustering	and	synergistic		
        	 opportunities	                                   •	advanced	telephony                         	 with	extensive	CCTV	coverage
        •	flexible,	lettable	space	in	a	size	range		       •	bespoke	and	generic	business		             •	quarterly	newsletter	ParkLife
        	 17-625	sqm                                       	 support	services                           •	monthly	electronic	business		
        •	state	of	the	art	conference	facilities		         •	mentoring                                  	 support	newsletter
        	 with	on-site	support                             •	reception	facility                         •	ParkPoint	intranet	service
       Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of this dynamic community. For further information or to arrange a tour of our facilities,
       please contact Nina Sarlaka on: 01752 764435 / email: nsarlaka@tamarsciencepark.com

                                                       www.tamarsciencepark.com
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BusIness BenefIts: If you’re not a Chamber member, here’s just a taste of what you’re missing out on


BUSINESSES throughout the Plymouth
area have been supporting – and
supported by – Plymouth Chamber of
Commerce & Industry for more than 190
years.

The Chamber has changed a lot in that time,
and prides itself in taking a leading role in
making Plymouth a better place in which to do
business.
   As you’ll see in this magazine, the Chamber
is involved in a number of high-profile
initiatives to develop the city’s business
potential, and the more businesses like yours
that belong to it, the more seriously the
Chamber and its views will be taken.
   There are many, many reasons why it’s
worth joining the Chamber, but here are just
a few:

Meet new contacts to win business
• Crunchy Breakfasts
• networking-Plus lunches
• Speed networking



                                                    Step this way for
• Christmas lunch
• Annual Chairman’s Dinner
• new members’ receptions
• eco-Business Forum



                                                    a host of benefits
• Small Business network
• Get Connected With The Chamber briefings
• network Of Women events

Marketing opportunities designed to
enhance your profile                                • Access to key influencers and                      our convenient city centre training room
                                                      decisionmakers
• Publicity and advertising opportunities in
                                                    • You can get involved in our lobbying               Supporting international trade
  Chamberlink, the Chamber’s acclaimed
                                                      and campaigning programme                          • Accredited export documentation service
  business-to-business magazine
• Directory listing for your business                                                                    • Advice and information on international trade
  on the website
                                                    Saving you time, saving you money                    • Access to specialist lawyers
• new member’s profile on the                       • legal, tax and employment helpline                 • export marketing information
  Chamber website                                   • Member Benefit Passport
• elink – a weekly e-mail newsletter from           • Free use of our city centre boardroom
  the Chamber to 5,000 businesses
• e-mail broadcasts to other members
                                                      and hot-desk facilities, subject to availability
                                                    • Telecoms and energy management schemes
                                                                                                         hOW TO jOIN US
• Advertising on the Chamber website                • 10% discount on private medical insurance          • Visit the Chamber website at
• Sponsorship of key events                                                                                www. plymouth-chamber.co.uk and follow
                                                    • Business insurance – 50% of first-year
• Patronage of the Chamber                                                                                 the Join Today link from the home page.
                                                    insurance premium paid
                                                                                                         • Telephone 01752 273898
Putting forward the case for business               • 40% discount on Bartercard entry costs
• Regular contact with your directly-elected                                                             If you’d like further information about the
  Chamber directors                                 Delivering the skills to compete                     benefits of membership, please call
• Chief executive and staff team working            • Discounts on our comprehensive range               01752 273898 and ask to speak to
  on your behalf                                      of training courses delivered at                   Jeremy Ward, Membership Manager.



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HOW TO GET MORE OUT OF YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP: Events & Publications Manager Carly Neenan explains how the Chamber is working flat out for members through a huge range of events designed to help you




We’ll support you – in any event!
As you may have noticed in the          you can identify any potential                                                                                                                                                                       the Small Business Network,             year we have the First Sea Lord,
local media, the Chamber has            contacts yourself.                                                                                                                                                                                   and Chambernet, the arm of the          Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope.
been doing some great work                 Table hosts will ensure that                                                                                                                                                                      Chamber for 19-35 year olds.               The success and levels of
recently in terms of working for        you have your five minutes in the                                                                                                                                                                       Essentially, the survey taught us    attendance at the Annual Business
our members, raising the profile        limelight to tell everyone on your                                                                                                                                                                   that there can’t be a “one size fits    Dinner really demonstrate the value
of the Chamber, and enabling            table who you are and what you do.                                                                                                                                                                   all” event for all our members and      of the Chamber’s events to our
our members to do more                                                                                                                                                                                                                       we are seeking to bear this in mind     members. There are only 30 tickets
business with each other.               speed Networking                                                                                                                                                                                     for the events that we hold.            left at the time of writing.
                                        The opposite of a relaxing lunch                                                                                                                                                                        We have developed a series
The fundamental aim and purpose         break! But where else would you                                                                                                                                                                      of Spigs to cater for the differing     Christmas Lunch
of the Chamber is to improve            get to meet more than 60 business                                                                                                                                                                    needs of our members.                   It’s a great light-hearted way to
the business environment for            contacts in just two hours?                                                                                                                                                                                                                  finish off the year – without missing
Plymouth.                                  The Speed Networking event is                                                                                                                                                                     The Network of Women                    out on those valuable contacts to
   We therefore run a wide range of     held quarterly and is hugely popular                                                                                                                                                                 It recently became a Spig and,          be carried into 2011.
events designed to get people to        with members and non-members                                                                                                                                                                         unsurprisingly, is aimed at women          So, you see, there really is an
do more business together, raise        alike.                                                                                                                                                                                               in business who want informal           event to suit every time and every
citywide issues and get something          You will have just one minute to                                                                                                                                                                  networking opportunities in a           taste bud.
done about them, and keep the           explain to the person opposite you                                                                                                                                                                   non-intimidating environment.              Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or
business community informed             what your business does – a great                                                                                                                                                                                                            dinner networking you’re after, the
about key issues in economic            way to hone your elevator pitch.                                                                                                                                                                     The Eco-Business Group                  Chamber has something for you.
development.                               We are always receiving great                                                                                                                                                                     It gives businesses who are                They are highly cost-effective,
   Last year we conducted a             feedback on this event, which is                                                                                                                                                                     interested in developing Plymouth’s     too, with our most expensive event,
membership survey. We listened          probably why it often sells out                                                                                                                                                                      “Green Supply Chain” the                Speed Networking, coming in at
and we heard!                           several weeks in advance.                                                                                                                                                                            opportunity to meet and network         £28 – which equates to about 47
   You said you wanted more                                                                                                                                                                                                                  with like-minded businesses             pence per contact you’ll make. Not
special interest groups, more           New Member Receptions                                                                                                                                                                                and also listen to informative          bad, eh?
information on the city and its plans   We think it’s hugely important for                                                                                                                                                                   presentations on green initiatives in      One of our key aims is to get
for the future, more events for         our new members to meet each                                                                                                                                                                         and around the city.                    more people at our events who
smaller businesses and more new         other and the team, including our                                                                                                                                                                                                            haven’t been before or haven’t
contacts at our events – and that’s     Directors, shortly after joining the                                                                                                                                                                 The small Business Network              attended one for a long time.
exactly what we’ve provided.            Chamber – and the quarterly New                                                                                                                                                                      Launched on 23 April, this                 Our events have developed over
   With more than 70 networking         Member Receptions facilitate this.                                                                                                                                                                   is structured networking for            the last few years and we want
events in a year, you’re sure to find      Members who have joined the                                                                                                                                                                       businesses with fewer than 25           our members to come along and
a Chamber event that suits you.         Chamber in the three months                                                                                                                                                                          employees.                              experience them.
   Here we want to highlight them       before the New Member Reception                                                                                                                                                                                                                 It’s good news for everyone if
to you and explain how the various      are invited to come along to a free                                                                                                                                                                  Chambernet                              there are fresh faces at networking
events run by the Chamber can           event, meet other new members,             The Chamber is running a             opportunities as well. There have     the membership survey – is the         Barry Keel speaking on How              It holds informal social networking     events.
help you improve your business.         Chamber staff and Directors, and        number of high-profile events           also been a number of one-off         Crunchy Breakfast.                     Plymouth Works – an incredibly          events that enable younger                 So next time you receive one of
                                        listen to how they can get the most     focussing on informing our              events this year including the          With interesting speakers            popular session for obvious             members to develop their own            our e-mail broadcasts highlighting
  NETWoRKING
                                        from their Chamber membership.          members about these issues              Winning The World Cup and The         presenting on “crunchy” topics,        reasons.                                professional contacts within an         an event that perhaps you haven’t
Networking Plus                            Established members are              and how they can get involved in        South West’s Digital Future – What    there have been some fantastic            In addition to providing attendees   easy-going environment.                 been to before, why not try it out?
The Networking Plus lunch is held       welcome, too, and many have done        influencing the direction they take.    Does It Hold? events.                 debates arising out of Crunchy         with great opportunities for               We are always on the look-out           You never know who you might
once a quarter and is Plymouth’s        a great deal of business with new          The first of these events forms         These have been hugely             Breakfasts – and some great            information and debate, the             for new Spigs, so you’re interested     meet – and it could lead to a great
premier structured networking           members as a result.                    part of a series sponsored by Bond      successful in updating the business   business done, too!                    Crunchy Breakfast is also one of the    in helping the Chamber launch new       working relationship.
lunch, with between 80 and 100                                                  Pearce entitled Get Connected           community on the issues that            The idea behind the Crunchy          cheapest networking opportunities       ones, please let us know.                  We’re always on the lookout for
                                          BIG IssuE EVENTs
businesses meeting at hosted                                                    With The Chamber.                       affect it now and in the future.      Breakfast is to have                   around – just £8.50 for members.                                                new venues and sponsors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               FLAGsHIP EVENTs
tables.                                 The Chamber has become very                 At the inaugural event on 19           We are planning more, so watch     debate-provoking topics about             You also get back to your desk by                                               This is a great way of raising
  You are almost guaranteed             involved with a number of big city      April, the Plymouth City                this space if you want to play your   which delegates can ask questions      9.30am so it doesn’t eat into your      Annual Business Dinner                  your profile further in the business
not to be sat on a table with           issues over recent months including     Development Company updated             part in making a difference to        and get the answers they really        day.                                    Billed as the most prestigious event    community.
someone from the same industry          the successful Plymouth World           delegates on its plans for the          Plymouth’s future.                    want. The livelier the debate, the                                             in the Chamber’s calendar, it’s a          If you would like to host or
                                                                                                                                                                                                       sPIGs
as you, meaning that you have the       Cup Bid and the Digital Plymouth        rebranding of Plymouth – an                                                   better!                                                                        black-tie event attracting about        sponsor a Chamber event, please
                                                                                                                          BRIEFING EVENTs
monopoly on your particular table.      initiative – a project started by the   invaluable session of information for                                           Speakers in the past have            Spigs are Special Interest Groups       200 members of the business             contact Carly Neenan, Events and
  You will also be presented with       Chamber that seeks to bring             those who attended, straight from       Crunchy Breakfast                     included the University of             within the Chamber and include          community.                              Publications Manager, at carly.
a copy of who is who at the event       high-speed broadband to the city        the horse’s mouth.                      One of the Chamber’s most easily      Plymouth, Herald Editor Bill Martin,   the Network Of Women, the                  Last year we had Michael Portillo    neenan@plymouth-chamber.co.uk
and where they are sitting so that      and surrounding areas.                     All that and the usual networking    identifiable events – as proven in    and Plymouth City Council CEO          Chamber Eco-Business Group,             as our special guest speaker; this      or ring her on 01752 273885.
14 features

A DAY In the LIfe: Vince Brooks of office furniture suppliers Karris Limited




It’s Vince the invincible!
8am – My day starts with a Crunchy Breakfast       time at Albion rugby ground. This is a monthly
network meeting hosted, of course, by the          network lunch which is industry-specific.
Chamber! The topic was the new Plymouth            Again I catch up with some familiar faces and
highways projects due to start in 2010 and it      am introduced to the MD of a construction
was presented by Amey. This was my first           company. We discuss how we can work with
Crunchy and I was pleased with the turnout         them, planning interiors from a furniture point
and able to catch up with several familiar faces   of view, and agree to meet at his office next
(nice bacon butties, too).                         week to discuss further.
10am – On to my first appointment of the           2.30pm – Busy day (of course!) and I am back
day which is to follow up on an enquiry from       at the office where I grab a coffee, ditch the
our recent e-shot mailer that we did through       junk mail and reply to real ones, spend an hour
the Chamber. I meet the client and discuss         or so on the phone following up on leads, and
her requirements, check the dimensions of          make appointments for next week.
the room, decide on the size of the desks and      4.30pm – Meet my business partner to
advise on the best layout, confirm the required    briefly discuss the results of our marketing
finishes, and come away with an order!             campaigns, consider new ones, and discuss
11am – My next meeting is with an interior         our own furniture and interior requirements for
designer at an architect’s company to discuss      our new showroom offices near lee Mill. We
how we can work together and assist with           have to get this right!
specifying furniture for future projects. We       6pm – Pretty exhausted now and head off
have several products our suppliers produce        home across the moor, from where you can
that provide specific solutions and I leave the    see the whole of Plymouth to The hoe, and
information with him.                              appreciate what a great place this is to live and
12.30pm – On to another network event, this        work in.



                                                                                 TAKE A TIP FROM ME…


                                                                                                   ANDREW AShLEy,
                                                                                                   Managing Director of
                                                                                                   Enterprise Plymouth,
                                                                                                   offers his top tips to help
                                                                                                   you run your business


                                                                              1 – People: customers, suppliers and staff are your biggest asset
                                                                              and your heaviest potential liability. look after them and treat them
                                                                              equitably.
    ·
                                                                              2 – Manage your cash. Cashflow can strangle the business or allow
    ·                                                                         it to flourish. Your success in managing that will dictate the level of
    ·                                                                         success – but remember that sometimes it has caused a business
    ·                                                                         to fail.

    ·                                                                         3 – Regulations and legislation: familiarise yourself with those that
                                                                              apply to your sector and be sure you comply. If you can’t handle
                                                                              that, find a friendly professional and delegate!


                                                                              WhAT ABOUT yOUR OWN TIPS? If you’d like to share your advice
                                                                              here, please contact Carly neenan on 01752 273885.
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the small Business Page                                                                                                                        15

MY sMe AnD Me: A new page devoted to the needs of small business members




                                                    Big news for the
A STAGGERING 99.3% of the UK’s private
businesses in 2008 were small or
medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
employing fewer than 50 people,




                                                    small business!
according to the Department of Business,
Innovation & Skills.

There were 4.8 million private enterprises
in the UK, so that means a whopping 4.75
million SMes have been busy trying to survive
or grow through the recession.                      city. According to OnS figures there are 7,095   adding to the services it offers to small
   not only do small businesses make up a           enterprises in the Plymouth Unitary Authority    businesses. At least a page each month
huge percentage of the business enterprises         area of which 5,455 employ fewer than 10         in Chamberlink is being dedicated to small
in the economy, they also account for 47.9%         people. That’s more than three quarters.         business information and issues.
of private sector employment (11 million               I sometimes have small business people           A new Special Interest Group called
people) and 36.5% of private sector turnover        say to me: “My business isn’t big enough         the Small Business network has started,
(£1,108 billion).                                   for me to be involved with the Plymouth          specifically developed to meet the needs of
   Although it’s been heard from politicians so     Chamber. It’s for big businesses, isn’t it?”     our members who employ fewer than 25.
many times it’s become positively cheesy, the          Yet many are surprised to learn that 17% of      The network provides opportunities for
phrase “small businesses are the engine of          Chamber members are businesses who               networking, peer group support and training
the economy” reflects a business reality.           employ no-one other than the owner, and          to enable small businesses to grow.
   even allowing for the fact that Plymouth         53% employ 10 people or fewer.                   • If you’d like to find out more about how
is an urban centre and urban centres tend to           We want to grow our small business            the Chamber supports small businesses,
have higher percentages of medium and larger        membership so that it at least matches the       visit www.plymouth-chamber.co.uk or call
businesses than outlying towns, the national        77% in the local business community.             Membership Manager Jeremy Ward on
pattern of SMe proliferation is replicated in the      To help achieve that aim, the Chamber is      01752 273898.



hOw we GOt stARteD: MindMaker                                                   INFORMATION FOR yOUR BUSINESS

By ESTABLIShING their own
                                                                              Free business                      Minimum Wage rise
video production company                                                      advice clinics                     neW rates for the national
                                                                                                                 Minimum Wage which will
in the midst of a recession,
                                                                              BUSIneSS link, in partnership      come into force on 1 October
Simon hunter and Nick Peres
                                                                              with Tamar Science Park and        are £5.93 per hour for low-paid
knew they had a fight on from
                                                                              the Millfields Trust, is hosting   workers aged 21 and over;
the beginning.
                                                                              free 90-minute one-to-one          £4.92 per hour for 18 to
                                                                              business advice clinics for        20-year-olds; and £3.64 per
“The product was there, the gap
                                                                              owners or managers of              hour for 16 to 17-year-olds.
in the market was there and we
                                                                              established local businesses.      The Government is to introduce
wanted to be there,” says nick.
                                                                              For further information on         an apprentice minimum wage of
   With the rise of digital media,
                                                                              clinics taking place during May    £2.50 per hour for those under
there was never going to be
                                                                              and June, call Business link on    19 or over 19 but in the first year
a better time to establish
                                                                              0845 600 9966 or visit www.        of their apprenticeship.
themselves in the world of
                                                                              businesslink.gov.uk/southwest/
bespoke video.
                                                                              businessadviceclinic               Supplying opportunity
   “This is what we’ve always
wanted to do. We just had to take                                                                                The Office of Government
                                                                              European SME Week
the plunge,” says Simon.                                                                                         Commerce has launched a
   By sticking to principles of                                               TAKeS place from 25 May to         campaign to promote greater
honest pricing and old-fashioned       they hope to increase their            1 June and aims to provide         access for smaller firms to the
hard work, MindMaker has               networking abilities and reach out     information on eU support and      £220 billion worth of contract
created a loyal client base that       to a community they have been          promote entrepreneurship.          opportunities awarded by the
has allowed the pair to expand         involved with since childhood.         Find more information at http://   public sector each year. It will
their fledgling company into new         “The best advice we can              ec.europa.eu/enterprise/           extend regional workshops to
areas.                                 give to anyone starting a new          policies/entrepreneurship/sme-     level the playing field for SMes
   An ever-increasing profit margin    business is that a good working        week/index_en.htm                  to compete on.
has allowed them to increase           relationship and good business
their portfolio of specialised         practice wins through,” says           Chamber members can access other important business
equipment, allowing them to            nick.                                  information by logging into the Member Area of our website at
introduce a rental service into the      “Financial pressures come and        www.plymouth-chamber.co.uk where the information can be
business.                              go, but real passion perseveres.”      found in the Articles & news section
   By joining the Chamber                            DANIEL CONNOLLy
16 events

whAt’s On: Your guide to Chamber events during the next month or so.


  TRAINING                                        TRAINING                                                      BRIEFING
Thursday 29/04/2010                             Friday 28/05/2010                                             Wednesday 02/06/2010
8am to 9.30am                                   8.45am to 4.30pm                                              7.30am to 9am
Winning New Customers                           Managing Contractors                                          Crunchy Breakfast
The four ways to grow your business (there      Contractor management is not only important                   Add some crunch to your day! This month’s
are only four).                                 with respect to contractual and commercial                    topic: how the public sector can benefit from
                                                obligations but essential when maintaining                    private sector input.
  BRIEFING
                                                a safe working environment. health &
                                                                                                                TRAINING
Wednesday 05/05/2010                            safety law requires client organisations to
7.30am to 9am                                   ensure a safe working environment for their                   Thursday 03/06/2010
Crunchy Breakfast                               employees, and those of other employers                       9.30am to 4.30pm
Add some crunch to your day!                    working on their premises or in their name.                   Presentation Skills
                                                                                                              explore the latest methodologies used in
  TRAINING
                                                                                                              delivering presentations. If you have never
Thursday 06/05/2010                                                                                           done a presentation before, this course will
9am to 4.30pm                                                                                                 teach you the correct way to approach it. If
Supervisory Management                                                                                        you are already experienced in presenting, this
The essential skills and techniques                                                                           course will help you to become aware of the
needed to perform the role of first-line                                                                      best design practices and what to do to avoid
manager or supervisor. Delegates will                                                                         many of the common mistakes perpetrated by
learn the fundamentals of effective people                                                                    presenters.
management and team motivation.
                                                                                                                TRAINING
  NETWORKING
                                                  Caught your eye?                                            Wednesday 09/06/2010
Friday 07/05/2010                                                                                             9.30am to 4.30pm
7pm for 7.30pm                                    Just shows how effective an     Give MIKE ALEXANDER a       Introduction To Export Operations
                                                  advert in Chamberlink can be.   call now on 01392 832048
Annual Business Dinner 2010                       But think how much better                                   This one-day course will provide an
                                                                                  or 07531 355294 and he’ll
The most prestigious event on the Chamber’s       it would be if the people you
                                                  wanted to reach – the best
                                                                                  tell you how advertising    overview of the terminology, procedures and
calendar. not to be missed!                       business brains in the city –
                                                                                  in Chamberlink could        documentation required for export.
                                                  were reading your advert        help your business.
                                                  instead of this one.
  TRAINING                                                                                                      TRAINING
                                                  As you’ve just demonstrated,
Thursday 13/05/2010                               people actually take notice                                 Thursday 10/06/2010
                                                  of adverts in Chamberlink –
9am to 1pm                                        so isn’t it time you put your                               9.30am to 4.30pm
                                                  advert right here, where it’s
Office Talk – Responsible And Effective           going to be most effective?
                                                                                                              Foundation Course In Importing
Workplace Communication                                                                                       There are many sources of information
An intensive four-hour practical workshop                                                                     available to exporters who may also receive
on responsible and effective workplace                                                                        assistance and introductions through trade
communication and how to avoid costly                                                                         missions overseas.
                                                  TRAINING
disputes and time-consuming conflicts.
                                                                                                                TRAINING
                                                Wednesday 02/06/2010
  NETWORKING
                                                8.45am to 5pm                                                 Friday 11/06/2010
Tuesday 18/05/2010                              Fire Warden Training                                          9.30am to 5pm
8am to 9.30am                                   Training, information and instruction on fire                 Chairing And Facilitating Meetings
Network Of Women Breakfast Forum                risk assessment, prevention and action                        This full-day workshop focuses on the role of
Breakfast and informal networking. This         is essential in providing a safe working                      the Chair and develops techniques you can
month’s topic: look Good, Feel Good, Be         environment.                                                  use to make meetings productive, shorter and
Good, with Plymouth Better Together.                                                                          even fun.
  TRAINING                                        TRAINING                                                      TRAINING
Friday 21/05/2010                               Wednesday 02/06/2010                                          Tuesday 15/06/2010
8.45am to 12.30pm                               9.30am to 4.30pm                                              9.30am to 12.30pm
Basic Fire Safety                               Appointment And Management Of                                 Introduction To Leadership
Acquire knowledge of fire prevention and the    International Agents And Distributors                         Understanding where you are in your business
actions to take in the event of a fire in the   This seminar deals with the vital area                        development cycle is a powerful tool to
workplace.                                      of agency and distribution. It examines                       drive you forward to your goal. To maximise
                                                the differences between an agent and a                        the potential of your business, you need to
  NETWORKING
                                                distributor and when and where the use of                     consider where you started and have a clear
Wednesday 26/05/2010                            each would be appropriate. The seminar                        view of where you are going.
11.45am to 2.15pm                               will discuss methods of finding, appointing
Speed Networking                                and motivating agents and distributors and
Meet more than 60 business contacts in just     examines relevant aspects of the eU law of                    FOR MORE INFORMATION on any of these
two hours.                                      Agency.                                                       events, visit www.plymouth-chamber.co.uk
Chamber Directory                                                                                                                                                        17



Chamber Directory
                                                                                    BUILdINg cONTRAcTORS                       Contemporary Vehicle Solutions Ltd
                                                                                    Cowlin Construction Limited                01626 832400
                                                                                    01752 669503
                                                                                    Kier Western 01752 201123                  cARPET MANUFAcTURERS
Your at-a-glance guide to every Chamber member                                      KMS (Contract Building Services) Ltd       Axminster Carpets Ltd 01297 630630
                                                                                    01752 348001
 A                                       01752 755600                               Midas Construction Ltd 07970 003767        cARPET & UPhOLSTERY cLEANERS
AccESS cONTROL & EQUIPMENT               Mitchell Architects Limited 01752 606007   Oakley Builders & groundwork               Rainbow International 01752 347455
Chubb Security 0844 8791739              Space Design Architecture 01752 312129     Contractors 01752 500111
                                                                                                                               cASINOS
AccOUNTANTS                              Stride Treglown Ltd 01752 202088           Rok Building Limited 01752 237500
                                                                                                                               genting Casinos Ltd 01752 228930
Accountants South West Ltd               The Architects Design group                BUILdINg MAINTENANcE
                                                                                                                               grosvenor Casino 01752 668922
01752 224221                             01752 707898                               & REPAIRS
                                                                                                                               cATERERS
                                                                                    Connaught Partnerships 01392 353300
Batterbee Thompson & Co Ltd                                                                                                    C & g Catering @ Valentis Cafe / Bar
                                         ARchITEcTURAL & PLANNINg cONSULTANTS       Property Repairs & Maintenance
01752 492695                                                                                                                   01752 226122
                                         Devereux Architects Ltd 01752 229007       Negotiator 07801 651433
Bishop Fleming 01752 262611                                                                                                    Nicky’s Snacks 01822 890670
                                         ARchITEcTURAL SERvIcES
Bromhead Chartered Accountants                                                                                                 Roma Expresso Catering 01752 220411
                                         New House Designs 01752 298137
01752 221057                                                                                                                   Tamar Catering Services Ltd
                                         ART gALLERIES                                                                         01752 784448
David Mayer Accounting Services
01752 224004                             Art Frame gallery 01752 227127                                                        Tamar Catering Services Ltd
Francis Clark LLP 01752 301010           ART PROdUcTS & PROMOTIONS                                                             01752 784448
KPMg LLP 01752 632100                    Armada gallery 01752 255259                                                           chAMBERS OF cOMMERcE
BusinessVision 01752 752210
                                         ASBESTOS REMOvAL
Parkhurst Hill 01752 666601
                                         Airsafe UK Ltd 07814 630797
PjM Accountancy 01566 773615
                                         ASSOcIATIONS & SOcIETIES
Pricewaterhouse-Coopers LLP
                                         Devon & Cornwall Business Council
01752 267441                                                                        BUSINESS AdvISERS
                                         01752 305015                                                                                                           • Security
                                                                                                                                                   unication
Riley 01752 203647                                                                  ABS Consultants 01579 350050                       IT • Comm         o.uk
                                         Maritime Plymouth 07759 392230
                                                                                                                                             dlogic.cecialists
Sheppard Walbridge Limited
                                         Royal Western Yacht Club Of England
                                                                                    Enterprise Plymouth Ltd 01752 211211              www.ja     logy Sp   no
01752 220333                                                                        Indalo UK Ltd 08848 260818                                  ess Tech
                                         Ltd 01752 660077                                                                              The Busin
Wills Accountants 01752 253545                                                      Straight Forward Success Ltd
                                         Westcountry Landlords Associations
AccOUNTANcY SERvIcES                                                                01647 270077
                                         01752 242980                                                                                          Est. 1976
Coast Business Solutions Ltd                                                        TBI Consulting Ltd 01548 853384
                                         AUcTIONEERS
01752 764425                                                                        BUSINESS cENTRES
                                         Eldreds Auctioneers & Valuers
Hardy Bookkeeping Services               01752 721199                               Airport Business Centre Limited
01752 264446                                                                        01752 697000                               german-British Chamber of Industry &
M & g Associates 01752 710292                                                                                                  Commerce 02079 764100
                                                                                    Millfields Trust 01752 660837
Pope & Co 01548 562360                   AUdIO vISUAL SERvIcES                                                                 Kingsbridge & Salcombe Chamber of
                                                                                    Tamar Science Park Limited
AcUPUNcTURE                              john Newman 01752 600991                                                              Commerce 01548 854446
                                                                                    01752 772200
Acupuncture South Devon 01752 895401     Pyramid Production Services Ltd                                                       Tavistock & District Chamber of
                                                                                    Wolseley Trust 01752 607449                Commerce
AdvERTISINg, OUTdOOR                     01752 257770
                                                                                    BUSINESS dEvELOPMENT ORgANISATIONS         01822 617244
Airport Partners Ltd 01423 706670
                                                                                    Business Link for Cornwall and the Isles
Yellowbird Media 01752 222087            AwARdINg BOdIES                                                                       chARITIES & BENEvOLENT ORgANISATIONS
                                                                                    of Scilly, Devon and Somerset Limited
AdvERTISINg SERvIcES                     Open College Network South West            0845 6009966                               Adam’s Hats 01841 540273
Citylocal Plymouth 07814 749013          Region 01752 831500                                                                   Amber Initiatives 07867 765714
                                                                                    Devon & Cornwall Chinese Business
just Plymouth 01752 784792                B                                         Community 01395 267253                     Army Benevolent Fund 01752 872848
AEROSPAcE EQUIPMENT                      BANkS & FINANcIAL INSTITUTIONS             The Academy for Chief Executives group     Arts & Business 01392 434272
Aero Stanrew Ltd 01271 341363            Bank of England 01392 438302               01823 401143                               Barbican Theatre 01752 242014
Atlantic Inertial Systems 01752 695695   Barclays Bank Plc 0845 6052345             BUSINESS & MANAgEMENT SERvIcES             CHICKS Country Holidays for Inner City
AIR chARTER                              Clydesdale Bank 01752 507726               Andrew Knott 07816 964743                  Kids 01822 811020
Capital Trading Aviation 01392 350020    Lloyds TSB Corporate 01752 666365          Business Initiation grants Ltd             Colebrook Housing Society Ltd
                                         National Westminster Bank Plc              07711 823523                               01752 205210
AIR cONdITIONINg EQUIPMENT
                                         01752 274620                               Engage People Development Ltd              Dame Hannah Rogers Trust 01752 898186
Toshiba Carrier UK Ltd 01752 753200
                                         Natwest Bank Plc (Commercial)              07727 619500                               groundwork Devon & Cornwall
AIR cONdITIONINg SERvIcES                01752 274699                               Optima Workplace Ltd 0844 7360149          01752 217721
Air Improve Ltd 01752 769000
                                                                                    BUSINESS SYSTEMS                           Macmillan Cancer Support 01566 770810
AIRLINES                                 BARTERINg                                  The Peninsula group 0845 880 4545          Oceanic Corporate Forum 01752 221359
Air Southwest 01752 242630               Bartercard UK 07971 017972                                                            Peninsula Medical School Foundation
                                                                                    BUSINESS TRANSFER AgENTS
                                         BEARINgS                                   Adams and Co (S West and S Wales)          01752 437450
AIRPORTS                                 Barden Corporation Ltd                     01752 493002                               Plymouth YMCA 01752 201918
Exeter and Devon Airport Ltd 01392                                                  BUSINESS TRAvEL                            Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean
                                         01752 735555
354901                                                                                                                         Science 01752 633271
                                         BEAUTY SALONS & cONSULTANTS                Real Traveller Ltd 01752 222235
AMUSEMENTS cENTRES                                                                                                             St. Luke’s Hospice 01752 401172
                                         The Hot Spot 01752 516900
Devey Leisure 0996 233683                                                                                                      The Drake Foundation 01752 764455
                                                                                     C
ANIMAL FEEdSTUFFS & hEALTh PROdUcTS      BEdS                                                                                  The Parkinson’s Disease Society - SW
                                                                                    cAFé / BAR
Equimins Ltd 01548 531770                Stowaway Ltd 01752 298892                                                             01752 222197
                                                                                    jakes Ltd 01752 222523
ARchITEcTS                               Vi-Spring Ltd 01752 355105                                                            Tomorrow’s People Trust 01752 672200
                                                                                    cAREERS AdvIcE
Archial group 01752 601699               BOAT BUILdERS & REPAIRERS                                                             chIROPRAcTORS
                                                                                    Careers South West Ltd
Burke Rickhards 01752 266111             Princess Yachts International Plc                                                     Ola Chiropractic 07813 200361
                                                                                    01566 777672
                                         01752 203888                                                                          Peninsula Spine and joint Clinic
CAD Architects Ltd 01752 776786
Capita Architecture 01752 263173         BOAT hIRE & chARTER                                                                   01752 727297
                                                                                    cARE hOMES
Form Design group 01752 668839           Sound Cruising 01752 408590                                                           Plymouth Chiropractic Clinic
                                                                                    Wisteria House 01752 606877                01752 770131
gilmore Hankey Kirke Ltd 01752 262244    BOOkSELLERS
                                                                                    cAR hIRE, SELF dRIvE                       chRISTMAS dEcORATIONS ANd NOvELTIES
HLM Architects 01752 676880              Waterstone’s 01752 256699
                                                                                    Motoplan Limited 0845 8385220              The Christmas Decorators 01752 829222
Humane Architecture 01752 671376         BUILdINg & cIvIL ENgINEERS
                                                                                    National Car Rental 01752 220877           cLEANINg cONTRAcTORS
LHC Architecture & Urbanism              W H Bond and Sons Ltd 01503 240304
01752 669368                                                                                                                   Carlton Cleaning Contractors Ltd
                                                                                    cAR LEASINg, cONTRAcT hIRE                 01752 204119
McCaren Design Architects 01752 209417   BUILdINg & PLANNINg PROJEcT MANAgEMENT     Solv Finance Limited 01548 550055          Clean green Planet 01752 551981
Mewes & Davis Architects Limited         Westfit 01752 696232
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Traumatic Cleanup Ltd 0845 2013999      cORPORATE ENTERTAINMENT / hOSPITALITY     Common Purpose (Plymouth)                   ENvIRONMENTAL PROdUcTS
cLEANINg EQUIPMENT                      Celebration Balloons and Events           01752 677766                                PhiHarmonics Ltd 01803 782826
Demon International Ltd 01752 690690    01752 251061                              Cornwall College Business 0800 7317594      ESTATE AgENTS
cLOThINg                                                                          Ivybridge Community College                 Lang & Co 01752 256000
                                        cORPORATE FINANcE INvESTIgATIONS          01752 691000                                Maitlands Sales & Lettings 01752 342045
glow Safe Ltd 0870 1998524
                                        LBA Costwatch 01579 363561                john Kitto Community College                Shobrook & Co Ltd 01752 663341
cLOThINg, PROTEcTIvE
                                        cOSMETIcS, BEAUTY PROdUcTS &              01752 705131
Arco Ltd 01752 751650
                                        AccESSORIES                               Mayflower College of English
cLUBS                                                                                                                         EvENT MANAgEMENT
                                                                                  01752 673784
                                        Forever Living Products 07799 433 698                                                 Chilli 100 01752 661354
Plymouth Argyle FC 01752 562561                                                   Mount Batten Water Sports & Sailing
                                        cOUNSELLINg SERvIcES                      Centre 01752 404567                         Devon Corporate games 01733 380888
cOAch OPERATORS & hIRE
                                        grace Chatting 01752 664429               National Apprenticeship Service
girlings Coaches 01752 698569
                                        Simply Counselling Community Interest     01752 754008                                 F
cOFFEE BARS                             Company 01752 266333                      Never 2 Old 2 01822 852777                  FERRY TRANSPORT
Costa Coffee 01752 669997               The Zone 01752 206626                     Plymouth City Council - Tamar Ed.Bus        Brittany Ferries 0871 2440500f
cOMPUTER cONSULTANTS
Acronyms Ltd 01752 606553                                                         Partnership 01752 605608                    FINANcIAL & BUSINESS cONSULTANTS
                                        cOURIERS’ SERvIcES                        Plymouth College of Art
CW IT Services 07805 512979                                                                                                   The FD Centre 07836 326407
                                        City Cycle Couriers 07875 760254          01752 203402
Flexible Computing Ltd 07723 492275
                                        M & j Couriers 01752 249617               Real Ideas Organisation CIC
cOMPUTER NETwORkINg                                                                                                           FINANcIAL, cOMMERcIAL
                                        cURTAINS                                  01752 563386
Blue House Datacomms 01752 264494                                                                                             Armada Finance 01752 601501
                                        The Window Dresser 01752 567354           University Of Plymouth Students’ Union
Club Wi Fi 0560 2813755                                                           01752 588388                                Peninsula Finance Plc 01752 292568
cOMPUTER SEcURITY                                                                 EdUcATIONAL SERvIcES                        Ros james & Co. Limited 01752 881775
                                         D
Business Network Security Ltd                                                     Education Through Expeditions               South West Angel and Investor Network
01752 764492                            dANcEwEAR                                                                             07717 416023
                                                                                  07870 274244
                                        jama Uneek 01752 225943                                                               FINANcIAL SERvIcES
cOMPUTER SERvIcES                                                                 PDIC 01752 411114
Business Computing and Network          dATA cOMMUNIcATIONS EQUIPMENT &                                                       Charles Stanley Benefit Consultants
                                                                                  ELEcTRIcAL AccESSORIES & EQUIPMENT
Services Limited 01752 547150           SYSTEMS                                                                               01752 502800
                                                                                  P D Devices Ltd 01364 649248
Computerbase Company 0870 7776818       Westbrook Communications (UK) Ltd                                                     Creative Wealth Ltd 01752 228499
                                        0845 0039090                              ELEcTRIcAL INSTALLATION EQUIP, MATERIALS
Computing Solutions 01752 204258                                                                                              Dart Financial Advice 01803 863814
                                        dATA STORAgE                              & REPAIR
jAD Logic Ltd 01752 786000                                                                                                    DFP Solutions Ltd 01752 500909
                                        Mount Wise Data Centre Limited            DSg Canusa gMBH 01752 209880
Limbtec Limited 01752 424350                                                                                                  Direct Financial Planning 01752 209400
                                        01752 869006                              ELEcTRIcAL RETAILERS
Mazingtree Limited 01752 540540                                                                                               Equity Advice 01803 226157
                                        dENTAL SURgEONS                           Panasonic Store 01752 250571
Zantra Technology Ltd 01208 76001                                                                                             Excaliber Associates Ltd 01752 340183
                                        DentalcarePlus                            ELEcTRIcITY SUPPLY
cOMPUTER SOFTwARE                                                                                                             IPA Plymouth 07773 901849
                                        01752 782050                              Western Power Distribution
Abazander Ltd 0844 6697163                                                        0117 9332000                                jeanette Fulcher Associates
                                        john Moore Dental
Protelligent Ltd 01752 881138                                                                                                 07710 713739
                                        01752 222625                              ELEcTRONIc cOMPONENTS
Touch Vision Systems Ltd 01752 292630                                                                                         LEA Financial Services
                                        Plymouth Dental Centre Of Excellence      Arcol UK Ltd 01872 277431
                                                                                                                              01752 561981
cOMPUTER STAFF REcRUITMENT              01752 364717                              ELEcTRONIc SYSTEMS & SUPPLIERS              Mortgages 4 Plymouth 01752 264500
Summit Computer Recruitment Ltd         Smile Care Cosmetic Centre                Kirby Devon Ltd 01752 881717
                                        01752 663239                                                                          Positive Solutions – Darren Fisher
01566 776888                                                                      EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SERvIcES                  07792 158801
cOMPUTER SUPPORT                        The Crescent Specialist Dental Practice
                                                                                  IHC Ltd 0845 025 0099                       Sound Financial Management Limited
Esplex Ltd 01752 581343                 01752 222444
                                                                                  WS Industrial 0845 226 8177                 01752 207070
                                        dESIgN cONSULTANTS
cOMPUTER TRAININg                                                                 EMPLOYMENT AgENcIES & cONSULTANTS           St james’s Place Wealth Management
                                        Bluestone360 01752 700777
Bluescreen IT 0845 4900465                                                        Power Engineering Services (South           01752 246830
                                        N9 Design Ltd 01752 267767
cONcRETE - REAdY MIXEd                                                            West) Ltd 01752 668944                      Thorpe Lincoln Mortgage Consultants
Plymcrete Limited 01752 581495                                                    Working Links Ltd 01752 672007              Ltd 0870 8554140
                                        dESIgNERS                                                                             West Financial Management Co Ltd
cONFEcTIONERY                                                                     ENERgY EFFIcIENcY
                                        Company Of Designers, England                                                         01752 228382
The Wrigley Company Ltd 01752 701107                                              Dartline Energy Reduction Systems
                                        01752 604848                                                                          FIRE PROTEcTION APPLIANcES SYSTEMS
cONFERENcE cENTRES                                                                01752 766539
                                        dIREcTORY PUBLIShERS                                                                  Ace Fire Equipment UK Ltd 01752 482500
Dartington Hall 01803 847130                                                      First Call Energy Assessors 01752 408645
                                        Live Ammo Ltd T/A The Best Of Plymouth                                                FIRE SAFETY cONSULTANTS
cONSTRUcTION cONSULTANTS                                                          Somar International Limited
                                        01752 767311
Bailey Partnership 01752 229259                                                   01872 223000                                jTP Associates 01822 852884
                                        dISASTER REcOvERY
Currie & Brown Widnell 01752 273473                                               ENERgY MANAgEMENT                           FISh MERchANTS
                                        Back 2 Business 01752 692779
EC Harris 01392 268100                                                            Independent Utilities Ltd 01752 262626      Rex Down 01752 220293
                                        dISTILLERS
gates Partnership 01752 267577                                                    Total Energy Solutions Ltd 01579 370073     FLOORINg cONTRAcTORS
                                        Plymouth gin 01752 665292
cONSTRUcTION & dEvELOPMENT                                                        ENERgY RENEwABLE                            A C Carpets 01752 228877
                                        dISTRIBUTORS & dISTRIBUTION SERvIcES
Leadbitter group                                                                  Microgeneration Ltd 01752 823600            FLOORINg MANUFAcTURERS
                                        Book Network International Limited
01752 671430                                                                      ENERgY SAvINg dEvIcES                       Permaban Ltd 01752 895288
                                        01752 202309
Ryearch Ltd 01752 201444                                                          Fuelstretcher Limited 01752 764423          FOOd dISTRIBUTORS
                                        Watermark Ltd 0208 6062060
The Apollo group 01747 837997                                                     ENgINEERINg, gENERAL                        Booker Wholesale 01752 708111
                                        dOORS
cONSULTANTS, gEOTEchNIcAL &                                                       guardian Industrial (UK) Ltd                Foodsmiths Ltd 01752 841500
                                        Moore and Moore Ltd 01752 785111
ENvIRONMENTAL                                                                     01752 240401                                FOOd IMPORTERS & EXPORTERS
Willismorris Limited 07841 649428                                                 P.E.g. Precision 01752 344255               Foodlink (UK) Limited
cONSULTANTS, MANAgEMENT BUSINESS         E
                                                                                  ENgINEERINg, SUB-cONTRAcT                   01752 344544
& INdUSTRIAL                            EcONOMIc dEvELOPMENT
                                                                                  Western Waterjet Ltd 01364 72907            FOOd STORES
8Day Week 01364 643330                  Plymouth City Centre Co. 01752 304325
                                                                                  ENgINEERS, cONSULTINg, cIvIL & STRUcTURAL   Sainsbury’s 01752 674767
Copernicus 07866 459206                 EdITORIAL SERvIcES
                                                                                  Airey & Coles 01752 229119                  FOOTwEAR
Healium Limited 01752 220979            jon McKnight 07720 709724
                                                                                  Pell Frischmann 01752 670330                Foot Solutions 01752 222660
julian Bird 07934 529607
                                                                                  Services Design Solution Ltd                FOREIgN EXchANgE SERvIcES
Move Ahead 01822 616443                 EdUcATIONAL & TRAININg cONSULTANTS        01752 255900                                Tor Currency Exchange Ltd 01736 335250
Northmore Business Associates           Asteroids Autism Consultancy
07910 905460                                                                      ENgRAvERS                                   World First UK Ltd 08450 535316
                                        07794 629135
Optimise4 Ltd 01822 870565                                                        Stylus Engravers 01752 661868               FREIghT FORwARdINg
                                        EuroPartnership Agency 01752 264426
                                                                                  ENTERTAINMENT & ENTERTAINMENT AgENTS        Davies Turner Air Cargo Ltd
                                        EdUcATIONAL & TRAININg ESTABLIShMENTS
                                                                                  Famous Faces 01548 559165                   01752 348822
cOPYwRITERS                             Academy of Training 01752 825970
                                                                                  Stig Racing 01752 339784                    IjS global (UK) Limited
In a Word 01548 561285                  City College Plymouth 01752 305300
                                                                                  What A giggle 0845 833 4808                 01752 313093
cORPORATE cLOThINg                      University College of St Mark & St john
                                                                                  ENvIRONMENTAL cONSULTANTS                   Kintetsu World Express (UK) Ltd
K Sports 01752 558899                   01752 777188
                                                                                  green Planet Media 01752 666198             01752 581540
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Total Freight International Limited      Linda gilroy MP 01752 226626               IMPORTERS & EXPORTERS                     Devon Chambers 01752 661659
01752 229729                             Roger Harris VP 01752 785253               Drillserve Ltd 01209 710079               Foot Anstey Solicitors 01752 675000
FUEL dISTRIBUTORS                        hOTELS                                     Int-Rel Ltd 07704 447014                  Nash & Co 01752 664444
greenergy 01752 827400                   Astor Hotel 01752 225511                   INdEPENdENT FINANcIAL AdvISERS
FURNITURE, hOUSEhOLd                     Boringdon Hall 01752 344455                Positive Solutions – Darren Critten       LIBRARIES
Harding & Sons T/A Fairway Furniture     China Fleet Country Club 01752 848668      07980 709505                              Plymouth Library & Information Service
01752 408941                             Copthorne Hotel 01752 224161               Stephens Financial Ltd 01548 531111       01752 305906
Larry Speare Ltd 01752 220964            Copthorne Hotel Plymouth 07971 973166                                                LIFE cOAchINg
The Back Centre Ltd 01752 893414         Duke Of Cornwall Hotel 01752 275850        INdUSTRIAL SERvIcES                       Set Your Spirit Free 07929 312675
                                         Elfordleigh golf Hotel Leisure Club        Pluss 01392 224440                        LIFTINg APPLIANcES & gEAR
 G                                       01752 336428                               INFORMATION TEchNOLOgY                    Cosalt : Marlift 01752 331442
GaraGes                                  Four Seasons guest House 01752 223591      Business Interim Ltd 01752 783951         LIFTS – SUPPLY & MAINTENANcE
ACTIVE 8 01752 268888                    Future Inn Plymouth 01752 701000           Let’s Face It Limited 01752 558777        Euro-Lifts Ltd 01822 841178
Gas DeTeCTION eQUIPMeNT                  Haddington House Apartments                DSCallards Ltd 01364 654222               LOckSMIThS
Euro-gas Management Services Ltd         01752 318087                               Let’s Face It Limited 01752 558777        AAj Locksmith 01752 302040
01752 872222                             Holiday Inn Plymouth 01752 639988          NCI Technologies 01326 379497
gOLF cOURSES                             Ibis Hotel 01752 601087                    Ponticello IT Solutions 01803 200402
                                                                                                                               M
Boringdon Park golf Club 01752 339113    jurys Inn Plymouth 01752 631000            Tech Unit Ltd 01752 668669
                                                                                                                              MAchINE TOOLS
gOvERNMENT dEPARTMENTS & AgENcIES        Kitley House Hotel & Restaurant            INSOLvENcY PRAcTITIONERS                  Meddings Thermalec Ltd 01752 313323
Devon & Cornwall Police, Plymouth BCU    01752 881555                               Begbies Traynor 01752 252277
                                                                                                                              MAchINES – SPEcIAL PURPOSE
01752 751200                             Lockyers Quay Premier Inn 01752 664353     Neville & Co 01752 672288
                                                                                                                              Britannia Soap Machinery Ltd
Plymouth Domestic Abuse Partnership      Marsh Mills Beefeater & Plymouth East      The Insolvency Shop 01752 561705          01626 888721
01752 768156                             Premier Inn 01752 600660
                                         Moorland Links Hotel 01822 852245                                                    MAIL ORdER AgENTS & cOMPANIES
gRAPhIc dESIgNERS & cOMMERcIAL ARTISTS                                              INSURANcE BROkERS
                                         Novotel Plymouth 01752 221422                                                        International Dance Supplies
360 Design Solutions 01752 246306                                                   Curwins Insurance & Financial Services    01626 363232
Real Fusion 01752 242030                 Pentillie Castle and Estate 01579 350044   01752 491111
                                                                                                                              MAILINg SPEcIALISTS
                                         Plantation House Hotel 01548 831100        T.H. March & Co Ltd 01822 855555
                                                                                                                              Mail Boxes Etc 01752 257224
 h                                       Royal Fleet Hotel 01752 562723             Bluefin Insurance Services Limited
                                                                                                                              MANAgEMENT & BUSINESS cONSULTANTS
hAIRPIEcES & wIgS                        St Mellion International Resorts           01752 202030
                                         01579 351351                                                                         Centre of Leadership and Organisational
Browns More Hair Now Limited                                                        Westinsure Plymouth Ltd 01752 225878
                                                                                                                              Excellence 01752 268659
01752 664910                             The Arundell Arms 01566 784666             WPS Insurance Brokers & Risk Services
                                                                                                                              Focus 07807 889597
                                         The Belfry at Yarcombe 01404 861234        01752 670440
                                                                                                                              Kingsley Consultancy (SW) Ltd
hEALTh AUThORITIES & SERvIcES            The Bowling green 01752 209090             INSURANcE cONSULTANTS
                                                                                                                              01752 342107
Business Health Network 01752 272465     The Cranbourne 01752 263858                jelf Insurance Brokers Ltd 01752 252222
                                                                                                                              Rae Wallin Limited 01503 230220
Plymouth Blood Donor Centre              The Imperial 01752 227311                  Virtual Insurance Products Limited
                                                                                                                              Wildacre Consultants 01752 215894
01392 310132                             The New Continental Hotel 01752 220782     01803 849031
                                                                                                                              MANAgEMENT cONSULTANTS – ENgINEERINg
hEALTh cARE                              The Rusty Anchor guesthouse                Westfield Contributory Health Scheme
                                                                                    01752 201337                              SYSTEMS
Diving Diseases Research Centre          01752 663924
                                                                                                                              Colin Coleman & Company 01837 82941
01752 209999                             hOUSINg ASSOcIATIONS, dEvELOPERS, TRUSTS   INTERNET SERvIcES
                                                                                    goss Interactive Limited 01752 517350     MANAgEMENT TRAININg
Plymouth and District Mind Association   Devon & Cornwall Housing Association
                                                                                    ICO3 Limited 01752 764400                 Making Connections 07515 277648
01752 254004                             01392 252566
                                         Plymouth Community Homes 01752             Numo group 0870 0273988                   MARINAS
The Health Consultancy 07790 130582
                                         398301                                                                               Plymouth Yacht Haven Ltd 01752 404231
WPA 01752 408577
                                         Tamar Housing Society 01752 250902                                                   Serco Denholm Ltd 01752 554193
hEALTh cLUBS & cENTRES                                                               j
                                                                                                                              MARITIME EQUIPMENT & SERvIcES
Esporta Devonshire Health & Racquets                                                JEwELLERY
Club 01752 237000                        hUMAN RESOURcE cONSULTANTS                                                           Manuplas 01752 313075
                                                                                    Drakes Fine jewellers 01752 227775
House Of Yoga 01752 560318               Deborah Morris Coaching & HR               Drumstyle Ltd 01752 665080                MARkET RESEARch & ANALYSIS
hEALTh & SAFETY cONSULTANTS              Consultancy 07531 238498                                                             PFA Research
                                                                                    Michael Spiers 01752 661981
                                         Effective People Management                                                          01208 262000
Safety Management Advisory Services                                                 Nicola Hurst Designer 01752 221889
Ltd 01752 697370                         01208 871259                                                                         MARkETINg cONSULTANTS
                                                                                    The gembox (Plymouth) Ltd 01752 221126
SSg Training And Consultancy             Fiona Dukes HR 01548 811188                                                          Ab Fab Internet Marketing 01752 784262
01752 201616                             Hardwick HR Ltd 01752 336843                                                         Chocolate Dog Marketing Services
                                                                                     K                                        01208 841691
Worksafe Support Solutions Ltd           Tamar HR Ltd 01579 343700
                                                                                    kITchEN FURNITURE MANUFAcTURERS           Fuel Communications Ltd 01752 210048
                                                                                    Moores Furniture group 07976 077345       Lime juice Marketing 01752 692796
                                                                                    kITchEN PLANNERS & INSTALLATION           LgF Marketing & PR Limited 01752 881760
                                                                                    Castles Kitchens Ltd 01752 737333         Marketing Solutions SW Ltd
                                                                                                                              01626 202222
                                                                                     L
                                                                                    LABELS, SELF-AdhESIvE                     MARkETINg SERvIcES
                                                                                    R. D. Industries Ltd 01752 844148         Presentations Unlimited 01626 834797
                                                                                                                              Springboard Marketing 07912 742235
                                                                                    LANdScAPE gARdENINg & MAINTENANcE         MASSAgE/MASSAgE EQUIPMENT
                                                                                    cONTRAcTORS                               Ease ‘nflow Massage 01752 338753
                                                                                    YgS Landscapes 01752 337710               MEchANIcAL & ELEcTRIcAL cONSULTINg
                                                                                    LANgUAgE SchOOLS ANd cONSULTANTS          ENgINEERS
                                                                                    Open Doors International Language         Rotolok 01884 232232
                                                                                    School 01752 258771                       MEdIcAL gOOdS & SERvIcES
01752 351896                                                                        Suzanne Sparrow Plymouth Language         Harley Street Health Checks UK Ltd
                                         hYdRAULIc EQUIPMENT                        School 01752 222700                       0844 3575950
hIghwAY MAINTENANcE & RELATEd SERvIcES   Kawasaki Precision Machinery (UK) Ltd      Tellus Plymouth English Centre            Medlogic global Ltd 01752 209955
Amey Lg Ltd 01752 398006                 01752 364394                               0870 9033007
                                                                                                                              Stonehouse Podiatry 01752 313080
hOME AUTOMATION                          hYPNOThERAPISTS                            LEgAL SERvIcES
                                                                                                                              MEdIcAL INSURANcE
Automated Homes Ltd 01752 481525         Waves Hypnotherapy 01752 863739            Ashfords LLP 01752 521500
                                                                                                                              WPA 01752 408577
                                                                                    Bond Pearce 0845 4150000
                                          I                                                                                   MONITORINg EQUIPMENT & SYSTEMS
hONORARY MEMBERS                                                                    Bright (South West) LLP 01752 764848
                                         IMAgE cONSULTANTS                                                                    Outersight (UK) Ltd 01752 220860
Alison Seabeck MP 0207 2196431                                                      Croner Consulting 01455 897163
                                         julia Ford Image Consultancy                                                         MORTgAgE BROkERS & cONSULTANTS
gary Streeter MP 01752 335666                                                       Davies johnson and Company
                                         01752 491210                               01752 226020                              LEA Financial Services 01752 561981
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Mortgage 4 Plymouth 01752 264500                                                                                                 RESTAURANTS
Premier Independent Mortgages                                                                                                    Bacaro / Bites 01752 254254
01752 842002                                                                                                                     Bistro One 01752 313315
MOTOR cYcLE & ScOOTER dEALERS                                                                                                    D & M’s Café 01752 227933
g T Motorcycles 01752 559063                                                                                                     Tanners Restaurant 01752 252001
MOTOR vEhIcLE dEALERS                                                                                                            The Treasury 01752 672121
Marsh Toyota Lexus Plymouth
01752 332777                                                                                                                     RETAIL TRAdERS
Mercedes Benz of Plymouth                                                                                                        Antics 01752 221851
01752 720124
                                                                                                                                 Disney Store 01752 224440
Murray group Ltd 01752 349850
                                                                                                                                 goulds Surplus Stores (Plymouth) Ltd
Ocean 01752 202828                         Digital Office Equipment Ltd               Knight Frank LLP 01392 848829
                                                                                                                                 01752 665886
Roger Young Land Rover 01752 849999        0800 0430468                               The Una group Ltd 01752 697000
                                                                                                                                 just Leather 01752 227960
Stratstone jaguar Plymouth                 Phoenix 01752 581510                       Vauxhall Estates Ltd 01752 784886
                                                                                                                                 Plymouth and South West Co-operative
01752 341341                               PhOTOgRAPhERS, cOMMERcIAL & INdUSTRIAL     Wallsend Estates Limited 01752 672010      Society 01752 303320
Vospers Motor House 01752 636363           High Aspect Aerial Photography             PROPERTY cONSULTANTS                       Plymouth garden Centre Ltd
MOTOR vEhIcLE SERvIcINg & REPAIRS          01752 252825                                                                          01752 771820
                                                                                      NPS group 01392 351002
W. Mumford Ltd 01752 342011                john Miles Photography 01752 262355                                                   The Body Shop 01752 203200
                                                                                      PROPERTY FOR RENTAL
MUSEUMS & PRESERvATION SOcIETIES           Moment In Time Photography                                                            Whoopee 01752 225030
                                                                                      Portrait Properties Limited 01752 228500
                                           01752 257151
Naval Base Museum 01752 552593                                                        PROPERTY OwNERS / PROPERTY MANAgERS        Wilkinsons 07884 298006
                                           Rob Frost Photography
                                           07810 127208                               Bj Property 01752 241653                   RUBBER gOOdS
 N                                         Tony Cobley Photography 01752 894491       Serco Defence & Aerospace                  Crumb Rubber Limited 01752 697000
NEwSPAPER & PERIOdIcAL PRINTERS &                                                     01752 553879
                                           PhOTOgRAPhIc EQUIPMENT, SALES & SERvIcE
PUBLIShERS                                                                            PUBLIc AFFAIRS                              S
                                           Cameras Underwater Ltd 01404 812277
South West Media group Ltd                                                            Mitchell Associates PR (South West)        SALES cONSULTANcY & TRAININg
01752 765500                               PLANNINg cONSULTANTS
                                                                                      01822 841860                               Sandler Training 07973 440245
                                           PCL Planning Ltd 01579 362307
NIghTcLUBS                                                                            PUBLIc hOUSES
                                           PLUMBINg cONTRAcTORS                                                                  SATELLITE EQUIPMENT
Annabel’s Plymouth Ltd 01752 260555                                                   Punch Taverns 07710 801958
                                           4 Square Construction Services Ltd                                                    Dartcom 01822 880253
NURSERY cENTRES                                                                       PUBLIc RELATIONS
                                           01752 839482                                                                          SEcRETARIAL SERvIcES
Bambinos Ltd 01752 206566                                                             Deborah Clark Associates 01208 77900
                                           Tebbs all Plumbing Services Ltd                                                       Forbes VA 01752 845633
                                           01752 698585                               Formedia Ltd 01752 764222                  SEcURITY PROdUcTS
 O                                         PORT AUThORITIES & OPERATORS               Hype Communications & PR Ltd               Lapmaster International Ltd
OFFIcE EQUIPMENT & APPLIANcES                                                         01752 253004                               01752 893191
                                           Associated British Ports 01752 662191
Commercial Ltd 01752 565687                                                           Marshbank Public Relations                 Spinnaker Int. Ltd 01752 850300
                                           Cattewater Harbour Commissioners
OFFIcE FURNITURE SUPPLIES                                                             01752 863666
                                           01752 665934                                                                          SEcURITY SERvIcES
Atlantic Office Trading Ltd 01752 880803                                              PR Dogs Limited 01822 600100
                                           Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc                                                           MAC Security Solutions Ltd
Kinnarps Exeter 07525 100048               01752 204186                                                                          08453 985330
                                                                                      SWPR 01752 823414
OFFIcE REFURBIShMENT & FITTINg OUT         POSTAL SERvIcES                                                                       Securi-guard Ltd 01752 204900
                                                                                      TxT Communications 01752 510796
SPEcIALISTS                                Royal Mail 01752 494390                                                               ShEET METAL FABRIcATORS
Excel Office Equipment 01752 780999                                                   PUBLIShERS
                                           PRINTERS                                                                              Rittal-CSM Ltd 01752 207603
In Business Commercial Interiors                                                      The Business Exchange 0845 3071954
                                           Bretonside Copy 01752 665254                                                          ShIP BUILdERS & REPAIRERS
01752 294234                                                                          Cornerstone Vision 01752 242262
                                           Four Way Print Ltd 01566 771950                                                       Babcock Marine Division 01752 605665
Karris Limited 01752 896698                Kall Kwik 01752 203360                                                                ShOOTINg
Space Control Limited 01752 690023                                                     R
                                           Latimer Trend and Company Ltd                                                         Newnham Park UK Ltd 01752 343456
OFFIcE SUPPLIES                            01752 201930                               RAdIO STATIONS
                                                                                                                                 ShOPFITTINg cONTRAcTORS
Kenroy Thompson Ltd 01752 664401           LockStone Print & Media 01752 691007       Pirate FM 01209 314400
                                                                                                                                 South West Shopfitters UK Ltd
Martin Luck Ltd 01752 336699               Pepper Communications Ltd                  Heart Plymouth & South Hams & gold
                                                                                      Plymouth                                   01752 201111
OIL FIELd SUPPLIES & SERvIcES              01752 348800
                                           Printing.com 01752 255100                  01752 275600
j.C.E. (Europe) Ltd 01752 690530                                                                                                 ShOPPINg cENTRES
                                           Redrok UK Ltd 01752 551555                 Radio Plymouth Ltd 01752 203557
International Logging Technology Ltd                                                                                             The Armada Centre 01752 269471
01752 893841                               Tee Design and Printing Ltd                RAILwAY EQUIPMENT
                                                                                                                                 SIgNS
OPTIcAL & INdUSTRIAL LENSES                0845 0037373                               Bombardier Transportation (Signal) UK
                                                                                      Ltd 01752 725000                           Eagle Signs Ltd 01752 345400
Artemis Optical Limited 01752 341943       PRINTERS, dIgITAL
                                                                                      Vortok International Ltd 01752 349200      Signs Express 01752 563336
OPTIcIANS, OPThALMIc                       Blackfriars Contract Division
                                                                                      REcORdINg STUdIOS                          Southwest Signs Limited 01752 303513
                                           01752 220451
Noakes Habermehl & Kerr Opticians                                                                                                SILIcONE PROdUcTS
01752 772116                               PROJEcT MANAgEMENT                         Deep Blue Sound 01752 210801
                                                                                      REcRUITMENT AdvISORS                       geocel Limited 01752 334363
Optical Express 01752 256875               Hunter Stone (UK) Ltd 01752 662288
                                           Prensus Limited 07712 586060               IzonM Ltd 07976 302638                     SOFT dRINkS MANUFAcTURERS
                                                                                      Relax Recruitment 02033 750315             Beverage Brands (UK) Ltd 01803 201020
 P                                         PROMOTIONAL gIFTS & wARE
                                           365 Promotions Ltd 01626 202220            REcRUITMENT AgENcIES                       SOLdER & SOLdERINg EQUIPMENT
PAckAgINg SPEcIALISTS
                                           Recognition Express South West             Blue Arrow Limited 01752 600500            Antex (Electronics) Limited 01822 613565
D.S. Smith Boon 01752 333700
                                           01363 84426                                greer Recruitment Services Ltd             SOLIcITORS
PAINTINg cONTRAcTORS
                                           Studio 108 07825 081155                    01752 312741                               Act Family Law 01752 226224
Fifield Decorators Ltd 01752 895050
                                           PROMOTIONS                                 Manpower UK Ltd 01752 669644               Beers LLP 01548 855008
PAwNBROkERS
                                           Viewhear 07727 148783                      Next generation Care Agency                Fursdon Knapper Solicitors 01752 309090
Bring Or Buy Pawnbrokers 01752 661673                                                 01752 669990
                                           PROPERTY AgENTS, cOMMERcIAL &                                                         gard & Co. 01752 668246
PERSONAL MANAgEMENT cONSULTANTS                                                       Remploy 07887 626868                       gill Akaster LLP 01752 203500
                                           INdUSTRIAL
Little gems Lifestyle Services                                                        Edge Recruits 0870 1601230                 Kitsons 01752 603040
                                           Stratton Creber Commercial
01752 246785
                                           01752 670700                               Unique Staffing Ltd 01752 881621           Wolferstans 01752 663295 01752 401515
                                           Vickery Holman 01752 261811                RELOcATION cONSULTANTS                     Woollcombe Yonge 01752 660384
PhARMAcEUTIcAL MANUFAcTURERS
                                                                                      Homebuyers Agency 01392 832048             SPORTS cLUBS & ASSOcIATIONS
& SUPPLIERS
                                           PROPERTY & ESTATE dEvELOPERS               REMOvALS & STORAgE                         Ivybridge Tennis Club t/a South Devon
Actavis UK Ltd 01271 311200
                                           Belstone Fox Ltd 01752 252136              Bishop’s Move 01392 202040                 Tennis Centre 01752 893700
Alston garrard & Co Ltd 01548 831530
                                           Crownhill Estates 01752 776700             Medics On The Move (Plymouth) Ltd          Plymouth Albion R.F.C. 01752 565064
PhOTOcOPYINg & dUPLIcATINg EQUIPMENT
                                           Devington Homes Cornwall Ltd               07799 413361                               Plymouth Sports Forum 01752 323607
& SERvIcES
                                           01326 211655                               Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership       Rileys 01752 222836
Clarity Copiers (West Devon)                                                          01752 633234
01752 784488                               Drake Circus gPLLC 01752 236440                                                       SPORTS PROMOTION ANd MANAgEMENT
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Plymouth World Cup Bid Ltd 01752           Liz Scott Coaching and Training            Quality Website Design 01752 873181
562561                                     07884 063592                               Tell Systems 0845 6435055
STOckBROkERS                               Mindful 01364 72122                        wEddINg SERvIcES
Brewin Dolphin Ltd 0845 2131570            Minerva Training & Consultancy             Emotiv Events 08450 721200
Charles Stanley And Co Ltd 01752 666661    01752 252828
                                                                                      wINdOw FILM
Edward jones Ltd 07831 343668              Modus Training 07976 763023
                                                                                      Window Films Ltd 01752 252583
STORAgE & dISTRIBUTION SERvIcES            Pathfinder (UK) Ltd 01752 250303
                                                                                      wINdOwS
Quickstore 01752 223337                    Skill Train 07917 113102
                                                                                      Sunrise Windows 01752 339373
SURvEYORS, chARTEREd                       The Insight Centre 01579 371078
                                                                                      wINES & SPIRITS
Barron Surveying Services Ltd              The Training Partnership Ltd
                                           01803 321210                               Charles Steevenson Wines Ltd
01752 257064                                                                          01822 616272
Paul Fassam geomatics 01752 764463         3D Learning Ltd 01752 781232
                                                                                      Norman Price Wines Ltd 01822 853550
SURvEYORS, QUANTITY                        TRAININg, FORk LIFT OPERATION
Smerdon and jones Ltd 01752 204451         SR Training 01752 844473
                                           TRAININg SERvIcES
 T                                         Accountancy Plus Training Ltd
                                           01752 256610
TAXIS
                                           Create Your Own Publicity 07810 425484
Crownhill Taxi Services Ltd 01752 781781
                                           Evolution Personal & Corporate
Plymouth Taxis Ltd 01752 562033            Development Ltd 01872 555939
Scooter Chauffeur Ltd 01752 600099         jHP Training 01752 581488
TELEcOMMUNIcATIONS                         Skills Converged Ltd 07876 083872
Carphone Warehouse 0870 1421317            Vi2dus Limited 0844 8002722
CgP Westcom Ltd 01752 667100               TRANSLATORS & INTERPRETERS
BT Local Business 01752 825010             Atlantic Language Services 01752 262728
Fibre City Holdings Ltd 01942 868640
                                           TRANSPORT
ICOM (South West) Ltd 01364 649310
                                           Bibby Distribution Ltd 01173 980333
Purple Telecommunications Ltd
                                           First 01752 495201
08450 555300
                                           Plymouth Citybus Ltd 01752 264209
Telecom Protection Technologies Ltd
01752 346096                               TROPhIES & MEdALS
Vtesse Networks Ltd 01992 532135           Plymouth Trophyman 01752 556688
TELEPhONE MARkETINg                        TUBE FABRIcATION
Kerry Sterne In-House Sales                Fine Tubes Ltd 01752 735851
07866 490242                               TURBINES
Link Telemarketing 01752 880886            Centrax Ltd 01626 358188
TELEPhONES, MOBILE
grapevine Telecom 0845 3470034              U
TELEvISION PROdUcTION                      UNIvERSITIES
Twofour group Ltd 01752 727400             University of Plymouth 0800 0525600
TESTINg APPARATUS & EQUIPMENT              UPhOLSTERERS
Spirent Communications Plc                 Dave Nicholls Upholstery 01752 561822
01803 546300                               Lang & Potter Ltd
ThEATRES & cONcERT hALLS                   01752 346346
Plymouth Pavilions 01752 222200            UTILITY TARIFF ANALYSIS
Theatre Royal, Plymouth 01752 668282       Bill Eaton - Utility Warehouse 01752
                                           895977
TILE MANUFAcTURERS & SUPPLIERS
British Ceramic Tile Ltd 01626 831492
                                            v
Spot On 01752 707018
                                           vETERINARY SURgEONS & PRAcTITIONERS
Tons Of Tiles 01752 780850
                                           The Veterinary Hospital Ltd 01752 701646
TIME REcORdERS & SYSTEMS
                                           vIdEO cONFERENcINg
Quartzlock (UK) Ltd 01803 862062
                                           Focused Vision Limited 0845 5390089
TOILETRIES & cOSMETIcS
                                           vIdEO PROdUcTION
Broad Oak Toiletries Ltd 01884 242606
                                           BellaVision 01752 562884
TOUR ORgANISERS
                                           MindMaker Productions 0800 0467947
Railtours Southwest 01752 562009
                                           vOLUNTARY SERvIcES
Zambezi Safari and Travel Co Ltd
01548 830059                               Coaching INC 01752 559403
TOURIST ATTRAcTIONS                        Havencare (Plymouth) Ltd 01752 251476
Plymouth Discovery Tours Ltd               Plymouth Local Involvement Network
07743 794234                               01752 202407
TRAININg & cONSULTANcY ORgANISATIONS
A4e Ltd 01752 221620                        W
Acacia Training & Development Ltd          wASTE MANAgEMENT
01752 670811                               Alpha Utilities 01752 248816
Advantedge 01884 258595                    Bottleman Waste & Recycling
ATN Teaching & Consultancy Services        07811 125389
Ltd 01752 214517                           Devon Contract Waste Management
Chatting-Scott Partnership                 01392 361300
01752 559403                               Viridor 01752 339551
Cognivity 07742 312828                     wATER cOOLERS
Core Training (SW) Ltd 0845 6780134        South West Watercoolers Ltd
                                           01752 780918
Delaney & Hart Ltd 01392 826127
                                           wEBSITE dESIgNERS
Discovery Business Academy
0845 2009156                               Clarihon Web Services 01579 342360
gHQ Training 01752 201331                  Design Inspiration 01752 784197
Link Training Solutions 01752 882415       Henderson Web Design 01752 263051
                                           juice Media Design Ltd 01752 408212
22 thanks!

A wORD Of APPReCIAtIOn: We’re grateful to the organisations that are helping you get your Chamberlink




That’s what friends are for
ThE BUSINESSES featured below have all             creative and stimulating environment;             grounds maintenance, waste disposal, car
helped reduce our costs by distributing            opportunities for sector- clustering and          parking and buildings insurance.
Chamberlink for us in key parts of the city        synergistic working; a launch pad, incubator      • Contact Mandy Toze on 01752 660837
– and the logos belong to our sponsors,            and Rent-a-Desk; flexible, lettable space from    or at mandytoze@millfieldstrust.com or visit
who are also supporting your magazine.             17 to 168 m2; a data centre; a bistro;            www.millfieldstrust.com
Thank you to all of them!                          high-speed wireless internet; resilient network
                                                   infrastructure; advanced telephony; and           Airport Business Centre
                                                   bespoke business support services.
Wolseley Trust                                     • Contact Nina Sarlaka on 01752 764435,           The Una Group was created by David Young
                                                   e-mail nsarlaka @tamarsciencepark.com or          and has acquired old, single-occupancy
WOlSeleY Trust manages Scott Business              visit www.tamarsciencepark.com                    sites around Plymouth totaling 650,000
Park and Wolseley Business Park, providing                                                           ft², remodeling and refurbishing them to
high quality business premises at affordable,                                                        suit the growing demand from SMes for
rentals, supporting business and job creation.                 plymouth                              smaller flexible units and offices. The first
The average size of premises available is                                                            sites enabled the Airport Business Centre at
1000 sq ft. We provide conference and
                                                               employment                            estover to be created offering 130,000 ft² of
meeting rooms for hire, and help access                        & skills board                        mixed used space. It includes a data centre
other business support opportunities. We                                                             and full IT service plus a business continuity
were the first Community Development                                                                 centre, Back2business.
Trust in Plymouth, pioneering and developing
community management alongside support                                                               City, Devonport, West End Business Parks
for small business, and the first in the country
to be awarded the Social enterprise Mark                                                             City Business Park in Stoke and The Business
recognising these two quality factors.                                                               Centre in Cattedown are both managed by
• Contact Sarah Taylor or Joanne Pickles on                                                          Plymouth City Council and provide a range of
01752 203670                                                                                         accommodation from virtual offices,
                                                   Millfields and hQ                                 rent-a-desk, offices, light industrial and
Tamar Science Park                                                                                   storage units – all on easy-in, easy-out
                                                   The Millfields Trust provides a platform to       tenancies.
WITh more than 60 resident organisations           enable small and medium sized businesses          • Call 01752 306000 for details.
on site, Tamar Science Park is increasingly        to grow and develop, by offering high quality
recognised as a driver of innovation and           affordable business space for rental, with        hotels
knowledge exploitation and at the forefront in     flexible terms. We have more than 100
the provision of value-added services. Within      premises within secure buildings and a            The Copthorne hotel, the Jury’s Inn and
this total business environment which reflects     managed reception to support you. We have         The Duke Of Cornwall hotel have all offered
the convergence of science, industry and           office and light industrial space in the hQ       to distribute copies of Chamberlink to their
education, the latest Phase 4 development          Business Centre and the prestigious Millfields    guests – a generous gesture that will spread
epitomises the spirit of innovation and            site. There are no hidden service charges; our    the word about the Chamber and raise the
opportunity at the Park. It offers a relaxed,      competitive rentals includes 24-hour security,    city’s profile.

  WhAT hAS ThE ChAMBER EvER DONE FOR US?

Everything we do, we do it for you…
22 March – The Chamber held its        25 – More than 60 members who        Kirsten attended the Plymouth        Brain Drain with Andy Phippen of
Winning The World Cup – how            had joined the Chamber since         Bites Back awards at the             the University of Plymouth.
Your Business Can help event at        December attended the new            Guildhall.                           13 – Cn and Chamber member
the Drum Theatre in conjunction        Members’ Reception held at and       1 April – Cn and lA attended the     Steve Whiteway of Phoenix
with the World Cup Bid company.        sponsored by the Pavilions.          Business league at the Aquarium      Office met to plan the next
23 – Jeremy hunt, Shadow               29 – lA attended the Wealthy         while nK attended 4 networking       Chamber eco-Business Group
Secretary for Culture, was the         Theme Group meeting at City          – all to help recruit members to     meeting.
special guest speaker at The           College Plymouth’s Cité              the Chamber!                         15 – networking Plus, Plymouth’s
South West’s Digital Future –          Restaurant.                          7 – The Crunchy Breakfast was        premier structured networking
What Does It hold? event at the        31 – Cn, lA and the Chamber’s        held at the Duke of Cornwall         lunch, was held at the Duke of
headquarters of Foot Anstey.           Austrian student placement           hotel. The topic was Tackling The    Cornwall hotel.
KEy: CN – Carly Neenan • LA – Lesley Allinson • DP – David Parlby • RS – Rob Salt • JW – Jeremy Ward • KP – Karen Phipps • TM – Tean Mitchell
Opinion                                                                                                                                            23

One MORe thInG: Dr Tean Mitchell, Plymouth Better Together Project Manager, says it’s better to print


CALL ME old-fashioned, but
I like my newspapers to be
news-papers.

I’m very concerned about all this
talk of online-only news.
    After all, you can’t line the cat
litter tray with a digital Sunday
Times.
    nor can you start your
fashionable wood-burner,
house-train your new puppy,
wrap your most precious objets
d’art to protect them during
transportation, or make amusing
paper hats for parties, with a
bunch of binary numbers.
    have you never experienced
the joy of floating a newspaper
boat down the river?
    Or been grateful for its
umbrella-substitute qualities on a
rainy day?
    For reliability, you can’t beat the




                                          Scrolled the
printed page.
    A newspaper never crashes,
turns itself off or runs out of
energy when you’re half way
through a long journey on the
train.




                                          front page?
    In fact, there’s nothing to go
wrong at all.
    It makes no irritating beeping or
boinging noises, and it’s unlikely
to get stolen when you leave it for
a moment to go to the loo, or to
get a cup of tea.
    It’s incredibly cheap, so you
never have to worry about leaving
it behind.                                    now there’s a recycled paper       popular culture knowledge in a            I once read a fashion page and
    no doubt, publishers will say         insulation product that ticks so       parlous state of ignorance.            have been known to stray into the
that it’s greener to be Googled,          many environmental boxes that             But, for me, the most important     sports pages… because they’re
but I would argue that the                Prince Charles will undoubtedly        thing about a printed newspaper        there!
multi-functional nature of a              have it installed in all the Royal     is the amazing potential for              how else would I ever have
newspaper makes it a serious              lofts as soon as his Mum hands         serendipity.                           learned the fascinating fact that
competitor on the carbon                  over.                                     On the internet, we have to         David James (Portsmouth goalie)
footprint battlefield.                        The newspaper’s unique             prescribe what we get by the           is a massive eco-warrior, or that
    Or the pollution stakes.              flexible reader interface (each        need to use keywords or search         I should be wearing chintz this
    You don’t have to treat it as         copy can be read by many               terms.                                 Summer?
hazardous waste, like your laptop.        people, almost anywhere) makes            So there’s almost no chance            I love computers and the
    no heavy metals. no nasty             it limitlessly re-usable too.          that your glance will fall on an       internet and all that they
plastics.                                     leave it behind on the train and   eye-catching headline and have         offer, but please don’t do away
    You just recycle it – or better       you can be sure that someone           you enthralled in black holes          with my opportunity to be
still if, like me, you have a             will be unable to resist picking       or cat psychology, even if you         inspired by a news In Brief
wormery, you give your                    it up.                                 started off wanting to read about      item hidden at the bottom of
hard-working compost worms                    That’s how I sometimes end up      the election results.                  Page 8, which is what has just
a regular dose of torn-up                 reading The news Of The World             But flicking through the eclectic   happened.
newspaper to keep them warm               or The Mirror.                         mix on the pages of a daily paper         Otherwise I never would have
and cosy when it all gets a bit too           I’d never bother to read either    can lead us down paths we never        got my beloved wormery in the
wet in there.                             online, which would leave my           imagined.                              first place.


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