Sponsors 2013

We’re very grateful to our sponsors who made possible “Living the Questions” at TEDxExeter 2013. Please click on their logos to visit their websites and find out more about their products and services.

Find out more about the benefits of sponsoring TEDxExeter, and how you can support future events and make TEDxExeter accessible to a wide cross section of our community.



At Egremont we help our clients turn good ideas into action. A key feature of our work is to help organisations understand the accelerating pace of change in the world today and what the implications are for the next decade. So, for us, the key question is ‘how quickly can business become sustainable’ not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because commercial economic models will force no other choice. This is why we are delighted to be supporting and sponsoring a hotbed of ideas at TEDxExeter.



SunGift is an award-winning, renewable energy specialist, based in the South West, with access to some of the World’s latest technology, we can offer ‘best value’ Solar PV systems designed to suit a customer’s property and budget. We also fit a whole range of renewable energy technologies, from ground or air source heat pumps to solar thermal, biomass boilers, small wind turbines and whole-house sustainable energy solutions.

We offer you an all-encompassing package that entails everything from a free initial introduction and survey to project management, job completion, commissioning and after sales service. This makes choosing renewable energy solutions seamless, hassle-free, enjoyable, and simple-to-understand – it’s a complete renewable energy experience.

Your Energy | Our Expertise



We are a national law firm offering a unique collection of specialisms across the commercial, public, health and insurance sectors. We have offices in Exeter, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Nottingham. Our clients include major insurers, blue chip corporates, NHS trusts, local authorities and other public sector organisations.

As a brand we are famous for longstanding client and employee relationships, our straightforward and transparent way of doing business and flexible approach to our client needs. We are proud of our low employee turnover and encourage diversity and individuality in all our people. We are accredited with Investors in People, Lexcel and data security management ISO27001. We are extremely active in the community through our pro-bono work and our community projects. Our ‘greenejacobson’ initiative further extends our sustainability programme, aiming to reduce the environmental impact and increase our awareness of environmental issues.



Wilkinson Grant & Co Ltd, proud winners of The Times and Sunday Times Best Small Estate Agency South West 2012, are delighted to support TEDxExeter 2013. We know that our business is as much about the people we serve as the properties we sell and we strive to provide a very personal service tailored to each individual client. Our front-line staff have over 175 years combined experience in the local property market, and work closely with our respected team of Mortgage Advisors, Wealth Managers, Surveyors and Land & Development specialists to provide a complete property service.



The University of Exeter Business School is delighted to support the TEDxExeter initiative and promote sustainability in Devon and Cornwall. The Business School is committed to the principles and practice of environmental sustainability and runs the internationally renowned One Planet MBA, co-founded with WWF, now in its third year, which attracts students from across the globe.

In 2013, the Business School has launched a new Business and Society module, designed to help students open up their understanding of the relationships between business and society through a focus on responsibility. We were delighted to welcome TEDxExeter 2012 alumnus Bandi Mbubi to speak at the launch event on his Congo Calling campaign for Fair Trade mobile phones.

Please visit business-school.exeter.ac.uk for further information.



Paul Humphries Architects Ltd is delighted to support TEDxExeter 2013.

Award winning architects with a proven track record in contemporary sustainable design. We are a well established Practice, based in Exmouth. Since 1995 we have developed a reputation for good quality design throughout the Region. We bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our projects; and possess a track record delivering projects on time, and budget; and in a sustainable manner.

The Practice is a member of the Association for the Environment Conscious Building, wherever possible employing environmentally friendly materials, and endeavouring to produce energy efficient and sustainable projects. We also actively participate in the Environmentally friendly/ sustainability agenda, and we are currently involved as architects working on leading research into alternative and sustainable energy sources, for example, on a Land Based Learning Centre with Embercombe, working with The Embercombe Building Company, University of Exeter, and Devon Action for Renewable Energy.

Please visit www.paulhumphriesarchitects.co.uk for further information and examples of projects.



The University of Exeter is delighted to support the TEDxExeter initiative and promote sustainability in Devon and Cornwall. The university is committed to the principles and practice of environmental sustainability in its activities throughout the institution. We have just opened our new Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) based at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall campus. This is an interdisciplinary centre leading cutting-edge research into the consequences of environmental change and mitigation and management of its effects. The investment in this centre demonstrates the University’s long term commitment to sustainability. Please visit www.exeter.ac.uk for further information.



Websites Ahoy! aims to make it easy for small businesses and community groups to publicise themselves on the web, with good-looking and good-value websites. Our ulterior motive is to help build local communities and support networks. So we are delighted to able to support TEDxExeter through developing and maintaining TEDxExeter.com.

We are also delighted to provide the website for the Congo Calling campaign, which arose out of Bandi Mbubi’s talk at TEDxExeter 2012. For information about our services, please see websitesahoy.co.uk.



The Magdalen Chapter is delighted to support the TEDxExeter initiative. Located in the heart of Exeter, The Magdalen Chapter opened in 2012. Described by Alistair Sawdays guides as a “contemporary wonderland”, it offers a special experience to those that enter. Within the historic walls, the hotel has been sympathetically restored and revived, showcasing contemporary British designers and a curated art collection.

Overlooking the garden, the restaurant is guided by cook and best-selling author Simon Hopkinson, whilst the newly created spa features an inside-out pool, and REN Spa treatments. Stay a while with us, whether it be to check in and enjoy our bedrooms, or relax in our newly-created lounge and bar. We look forward to welcoming you.



Luscombe have been making beautiful drinks since 1975. Based on a farm in deepest Devon, all of our drinks are crafted with exceptional care and integrity. “It’s all about the taste”. That’s how Gabriel David, the owner and managing director of Luscombe, sums up our approach to making drinks and we think it shows in everything we do. We source all of our ingredients from growers we trust to ensure we get the best possible produce that’s grown to the highest standards. And when it comes to making the drinks we never compromise – much of the equipment we use has been made specifically for us. Some people say we’re obsessed. We think that’s a compliment.



Colourburn is a creative agency with a passion for making stories extra-ordinary through a fresh approach to film, branding, events, installations, PR and social media. We are committed to collaborating with other people who share our values which means we work with the community around us to transform even the most ordinary in to something remarkable. Our experience in creative strategy ensures that ideas are rolled out so effectively, your target audience will be bowled over.



Exeter Northcott Theatre plays a vital role in the artistic life of Exeter and the heart of Devon, providing ambitious and exciting performances and opportunities that make a difference to the lives of the broadest community possible.

Our beautifully designed theatre is a favourite of UK touring companies, who value the enthusiastic response they always receive from Exeter audiences, and we host the finest middle-scale touring drama, opera, dance and family theatre that the UK has to offer. We place a high value on offering members of the community the chance to take part both on our stage and in their schools and communities, and we also play a key role in developing the workforce of the future by offering training and career development opportunities across the breadth of our work. We’re delighted to be hosting TEDxExeter’s 2013 conference ‘Living the Questions’.



Benjamin J Borley is a photographer and film maker based in the South West. As well as exhibiting regularly his work is featured in the online collections of the Walker Art Centre, Texas, The Photographer’s Gallery, London and Vogue Italia.