Testimonials

“DCBC recognises our critical role in the regional economy – as a major employer, investor, custodian of the natural environment and provider of essential public services.  As a supporter of DCBC we’ve been able to enjoy excellent networking opportunities with the wider business community where we can share best practice and discuss issues of mutual interest.  The DCBC team is committed to the success of the South West and we share that ambition.”

Monica Read, Business Services & Sustainability Director at South West Water

“DCBC brings together representatives from a wide range of companies and organisations to give everyone an important opportunity to network and learn from other people’s experience. In addition we all require efficient and modern infrastructure including road, rail, air and sea as well as broadband in order for business to expand and thrive in the future. It is very reassuring to know that DCBC spends a great deal of time ensuring that this critical issue is given real focus and lobbying on our behalf.”

“DCBC brings together representatives from a wide range of companies and organisations to give everyone an important opportunity to network and learn from other people’s experience. In addition we all require efficient and modern infrastructure including road, rail, air and sea as well as broadband in order for business to expand and thrive in the future. It is very reassuring to know that DCBC spends a great deal of time ensuring that this critical issue is given real focus and lobbying on our behalf.”

James Staughton, Chief Executive, St Austell Brewery

“DCBC and the University of Exeter Business School have been working together since January 2013.  Outstanding student careers are a strategic priority for the Business School and we are absolutely delighted with DCBC’s role in this.  Through our collaboration, we are delivering prosperity both for our students and for the regional business community.  DCBC’s impressive contribution to our students’ employability includes sourcing 22 student placements, 24 career mentors and engaging more than 20 local companies in careers talks.” 

Robin Mason, Former Dean University of Exeter Business School

"DCBC provide a chance for us to mix with representatives from across the region and engage over common interests but equally it is a chance for us to understand different perspectives from across the patch. The relationships and networks have been very helpful in the development of our business. As some of the DCBC sponsors are themselves our clients and suppliers the meetings and networking opportunities provide us with a good chance to maintain and develop our relationships with them. The chance to regularly engage with our MPs and the wider political process is key.”

Dave Underwood, Deputy Director HPC, MET Office

BT has a long-standing relationship with Devon and Cornwall Business Council and is pleased to be a member of their Advisory Board. BT has made a huge investment in rolling out fibre broadband in the South-West and is a major employer here. Being able to explain our role in Devon and Cornwall through DCBC is important, as is being able to connect and network with key businesses across the South-West”

Paul Coles, BT South West Regional Partnerships Director

“Careers South West is delighted to be a member of DCBC.  It provides a forum where we can meet groups of employers face to face on a regular basis. Through this we learn about the needs they have and issues they face, particularly concerning skills, and we are enabled to communicate these to the schools and colleges we work with across Devon and Cornwall for the benefit of both employers and young people.  Working with DCBC we have been able to co-create successful education and business partnership projects which are supporting the work force development for businesses in the area.  We were also delighted with the number of DCBC members who joined the hugely successful Big Bang Fair South West which celebrates science, technology, engineering and maths in schools and colleges in the South West.”

John Davey, Former Director of Business Development, Careers South West Ltd and EBP-SW

“Cosmic is delighted to be a sponsor of DCBC and has been able to increase our profile and reputation with local businesses as a result. We have directly benefited from involvement in several large scale projects which came about through DCBC introductions, and we continue to develop new partnerships and discussions with other DCBC sponsors and contacts. Our Chief Executive, Julie Hawker, has valued the chance to share our wide-ranging experiences as one of the UK’s leading social enterprises, and to increase knowledge and understanding of this business model as a key component of the local economy. Cosmic has also been provided a platform at DCBC events to share key insights and information about digital infrastructure, projects, technologies and plans for the area, including helping DCBC to improve its own website services and use of digital media.”

Julie Hawker, Chief Executive Cosmic Ethical IT

“As a recent member of DCBC I have been impressed with the level of knowledge and involvement the group have on key local issues such as connectivity of the South West and regional funding initiatives. At Sparex we are a global operation with 18 overseas subsidiaries and customers in over a hundred countries, DCBC has given me the opportunity to network with other key business leaders in the region and share issues and experiences of operating in a global marketplace from a South West base.

Going forward I am particularly interested to get more involved in discussions on the key issue of attracting and retaining high calibre staff. I know this is a common concern amongst businesses in the region and I think closer linkages between traditional education establishments and business are vital if we are to inspire young people with the necessary drive, enthusiasm and flare that will take our business forward. I believe DCBC can and will provide a crucial facilitation role in this process which I am eager to participate in.”

Jeremy Burgess, Managing Director Sparex Group

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