Southwest Business Announcements
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16th April 2021
London based fruit and veg business “Oddbox” made an announcement that it is expanding its reach and setting up shop in the southwest of England.
The company provides a delivery service of its fruit and veg to its customer base. The thing that makes veg box different to a typical fruit and veg provider is that they are not fussy about size or shape. The demand of “the perfect veg” by the supermarkets has caused tons of food to be thrown away simply because the veg was the wrong shape.
The company has been running weekly rescue missions in London and also in the south-east of England for over 5 years now. A spokesman from the company said that it is delivered more than 2 million boxes of these strange shaped vegetables. Obviously this is a huge achievement, and to prevent this quantity of fruit and veg going to waste makes it an essential business.
The expansion plans that Oddbox has by setting up business in the south-west of England will mean that it will increase its delivery reach to an additional 700,000 households. As this is gonna be based in the southwest, the households that will benefit will be across the southwest and also Wales.
Regarding the expansion, Emilie Vanpoperinghe, Co-Founder and CEO of Oddbox, said: We’re delighted to be expanding Oddbox into Wales and the South West, grow our community of people doing good for the planet and support our growers by rescuing delicious ‘odd’ fruit and veg from going to waste.
She went on to say “We’re committed to helping people live more sustainably – widening our reach into Wales and the South West means we can have a greater collective impact. Knowing that, according to the Drawdown Project, fighting food waste is the number one solution to reverse the climate crisis, this gives us hope that, together, we will leave the planet in a better place for our children.”
16th April 2021
During the beginning months of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, flybe announced that it was going to close its airline operation in Exeter airport in Devon. This was a devastating blow to the south-west at the time. The airport has been like a ghost town since. However, there has been an announcement from a new company called flybe Ltd that as purchased assets of the failing Exeter-based headquarters airline. Administrators that are working on the deal hope to resume flights at some time in 2021.
This is a major search for the southwest. It will be a large injection to the south-west economy as well as a good boost for employment in the region.
Having said that, there is a stark side to it all. It seems however, that’s although the news above seems good, there is no indication made by the new firm that it would operate from Exeter or even the southwest. In fact, it is even unknown if it will operate at all. At this moment in time the venture does have an operating licence but the civil aviation authority did revoke it and the operating licence is only in place because of an appeal that has been lodged by the company. Grant shapps, the transport minister will be deciding on the outcome of this soon.
The administrators that are working to get this airline back in place have sold the training Academy based in Exeter to the Devon County Council for a figure in excess of £3 million. In addition to this they have been able to bring back over 60 aircraft, all of which are leased.
In an announcement was made recently, the new company will operate on a smaller basis than the original flybe company. At its peak, flybe employed 2000 people. The fewer numbers that will be employed may well be significantly less than this.
It would be a blow to the southwest if the location of the airline headquarters was not based in region. Just because it was located in Exeter previously, does not necessarily mean it will remain there when flybe Ltd establishes its business. It is possible that the company could operate from Newquay in Cornwall which would be great for Cornwall the not so for Devon.
The original flybe collapsed into administration after the government withdrew a £100 million package to rescue the company. We will just have to wait and see what happens as things unfold in the weeks and months ahead.
12th April 2021
Exeter-based car leasing company, Carparison, based at Hill Barton Business Park, is seeing a surge in purchases of Elon musk’s famous Tesla car. The company has now taken delivery of 100 of these vehicles. 60 of those vehicles have been leased by businesses in just one week. The company received the Tesla’s in early April and after just a few days they only have a remaining stock of 40. This 40 will soon go as the uptake on the Tesla increases.
The Tesla car has an outstanding performance and has a range of up to 360 miles in just one single charge. But it’s not just the range that is outstanding on the Tesla vehicles. It is the fast charge. The fast charge enables the car to be able to do hundred and 72 miles with just a 15 minute charge. It is likely to be a result of the performance that businesses are taking lease of these vehicles.
Carparison don’t just lease Tesla’s. They also lease other vehicles. Carparison’s Ryan Darby said in an announcement “the majority of leases have come through business deals. We have some businesses in the south-west who have taken them out. They have been going particularly well, but then they are the cream of the crop for electric vehicles.”
When Tesla’s were launched, the prices that were announced came out at £26,650 to purchase. Carparison is providing the standard Tesla model at a lease cost of £432 and the long-range Tesla model will be leased for a cost of £459 per month. The lease figure is high for a saloon vehicle. However, the company maintains that it is value for money because of the exceptional range and fast charge time. Performance of the model 3 Tesla is really good as well with an acceleration of nought to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 462 mph.
Carparison is well placed in the industry to maximise on the boom and growth of Tesla.