Barristers to join forces
TWO Devon barristers' chambers are to merge, creating the largest chambers south of Bristol.
Rougemont and Southernhay Chambers, both in Exeter but covering Plymouth, will formally link next month after nine months' negotiations.
The enlarged chambers will boast 43 members and 15 associate members, plus an eight-strong clerking team. It will unveil its new name and branding next month.
THE Plymouth HQ of retail chain The Range found its Twitter feed inundated with messages and its inbox full of emails from well-wishers following Chris Dawson's appearance on Peter Jones Meets... on BBC2 last week.
Among those sending their congratulations to the retail magnate, and founder of the chain, was Duncan Bannatyne, Mr Jones' Dragons' Den co-star, who wrote: "All entrepreneurs are down-to-earth people".
WEST Devon businesses swapped resources and expertise at a Business Voice networking event organised by the Borough Council at its Kilworthy Park HQ, in Tavistock.
Among items exchanged were furniture and temporary storage space. Business support organisation BIP and film production company, Oddbodies also gave presentations.
PUBLIC sector hiring has fuelled an 11 per cent increase in temporary employment across the South West, according to the quarterly Venn Index, an overview of vacancy levels, average salaries and in-demand skills.
The study suggests the professional contract and interim employment market has grown due to increased demand from the NHS.
START-up business the Ioutlet has moved into new premises and announced a turnover of £1million just over a year after setting up in Plymouth.
The firm deals in recycled iPhones, forging partnerships with UK mobile networks, buying iPhones in bulk and selling onto the public as single units for profit. The firm, which has grown from a £5,000 self-investment, is now based at Plympton's the Ridgeway.
WOODBURY-based pre-school business The Creation Station's has branched into Plymouth, with art and craft sessions now run by Kerry Bargewell in Plymstock and Woolwell.