I’m proud to have been invited to the Houses of Parliament, on the invitation of Devon County Council, to support their ‘Devon Delivers’ campaign.
Identified as one Devon’s most innovative creative companies – my business, Greenland Studio, and 11 other great quality creative companies – displayed products, as well as a portfolio of works to visitors and discussed the advantage of living and working in Devon to attendees – including:
• The Rt. Hon. Dr. Vince Cable, Business Secretary
• The Rt. Hon. Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
• Other ministers, representatives from UK Trade and Industry, Exeter Science Park and Devon County Council.
The aim of the campaign is to promote Devon as the destination for business and highlighting some of great companies we already have – the event targeting creative and digital businesses in particular.
I’m already here, so I don’t need to be convinced about Devon – but consider the following:
• Devon has one of the fastest growing economies in the UK
• Business survival rates are amongst the highest in the country: after five years, the number of businesses still thriving is 5% above the national average.
• Knowledge intensive industries are well represented in Devon, constituting 45% of all employment in the region in 2011
• Devon’s employment rate of 76.8% is above the national average
…you can see why logically, it’s the ideal place for creative and digital businesses. For me, there are a few more reasons why it’s a great place to live and work:
• My desk is just over 2 hours from London by train, 1 hour from Bristol by car, and 5 minutes from the sea.
• It’s hot in summer – the sunsets are to die for. Fuel for creativity.
• I can breathe the freshest, cleanest air – it’s good for the brain, heart and soul.
Simply put – it’s great place to live and work – ‘one of the top places to live in the UK’ according to Country Life magazine.
A super day – and a great way to promote the excellence that is already here in Devon.
I’m proud to call Devon my home, and I’m delighted to have helped promote this great initiative.
Read more, at Devon County Council Newscentre.