The Devon Clinic 3 Peaks Challenge

Picture this: scaling the highest peaks of Scotland and Wales within a mere 24 hours. Yes, that is right – just 24 hours in one day to conquer Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Mount Snowdon and it’s all to help people who have lived with Domestic Abuse, whether it is current or historic.

#24HourChallenge #TheDevonClinic #24for24 #SupportOurCause

The Devon Clinic is a local charity that ensures all our work is for the benefit of the local community, and any funds we receive are reinvested into the services provided by our Clinic to support people with their mental health and well-being. Our aim is to be able to provide accessible, affordable, compassionate and evidence-based care to everyone in our local community.

The people undertaking this adventure leave Torbay on Wednesday, July 10th, as they journey to Fort William, Scotland, gearing up for the challenge’s start at 6 am on Thursday, July 11th. First up, Ben Nevis! After conquering Scotland’s peak, they will be whisked away to Cumbria for Scafell Pike, and then off to tackle Mount Snowdon, all within the 24for24 timeline. The clock ticks as they push their limits, aiming to have reached the summit and got back down Mount Snowdon by 6 am on Friday, July 12th.

But their journey does not end there – back to Devon they go, to the Mason Arms in Torquay, for a well-deserved celebration with a quiz and live music.

It is a feat that seems daunting, but with your support, they can do it! Every donation counts, supporting every step they take can help so many people in our local community. Let us rally together, share their journey, and make a difference. Join us in cheering them on, every step of the way!

Let us say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to

  • Rob O ‘Neil and George Holman from O’Neil & Holman Painting and Decorating who painted the clinic for us.
  • Craig Washington from CWPT Exercise & Nutrition, who has the gargantuan task of helping our founder run his first ever marathon at the tender age of 60
  • Chris Penney from Signco, a local signmaker who did The Devon Clinics’ windows
  • Arron Graham from The Fire Protection Group who supplies our fire extinguishers and fire protection
  • Matt, Tamsin Philip who is a sports therapist from Personal Best Therapy and providing treatments on a donation basis to help the clinic.
  • Dean Cartright from Cartwright Coffee who is producing a rather delicious ‘Devon Clinic Blend’ of coffee with a percentage of profit going to the clinic.
  • Pal Zoltan from Bloomin Gardens & Landscapes
  • Matt Crosscombe from Prestige Coatings Ltd,
  • Simon Putt from Devon Tree Services
  • Chris Parker from RhinoPlay

and let’s not forget Pauline Astle from Pauline’s Plants who donated some hanging baskets to brighten up the outside of the clinic. Pauline will be helping with the driving to Scotland and back to Devon via the Lake District and Snowdonia.

#24HourChallenge #TheDevonClinic #24for24 #SupportOurCause

The Devon Clinic is a local charity that ensures all our work is for the benefit of the local community, and any funds we receive are reinvested into the services provided by our Clinic to support people with their mental health and well-being. Our aim is to be able to provide accessible, affordable, compassionate and evidence-based care to everyone in our local community.

At The Devon Clinic, we are here for everyone, regardless of your age or background, who are facing a myriad of mental health challenges such as stress, anxiety, and depression. We support many survivors of trauma and abuse, offering them a path towards healing and empowerment. Our commitment to our community goes beyond just providing a listening ear; we offer a diverse range of talking therapies and complementary treatments tailored to the needs of local individuals, ensuring their mental health and well-being are prioritized.

We have therapies provided by Psychologists, Counsellors, Hypnotherapists, Wellbeing Practitioners, and we also provide complementary treatments for wellbeing, such as Allergy testing, Equine Therapy, Homeopathy, Massage, Reiki, Scenar Treatment (pain management) and Sound healing. Our aim is to strive to provide a unique collaborative approach to anyone accessing our services. By having many different practitioners with different expertise within the Clinic, we can help you find the most appropriate support with the right practitioner here.

Your support means the world to us! Whether it is through grants or donations, every contribution can make a significant impact on those reaching out for assistance. We have witnessed firsthand how our work transforms lives and strengthens families. With your help, we can do even more. Currently, we are striving to raise at least £10,000 for The Devon Clinic, enabling us to continue serving our local community. Please join us in this vital mission!


How your brain works by Chris Fleet

In April’s G12 meeting, Chris Fleet of The Devon Clinic gave us the 10 minute talk about how the brain works.  This was a fascinating insight into how we can get the best out of our brain and use it for business.  He has very kindly created a YouTube video you can watch on the link below.

If you’d like to find out more or chat to Chris directly he is a member and you can find his contact details on our member page here.


The first three G12 Business Networking Club Members with Moortrees Certificates!

We are thrilled to announce a special milestone in our G12 Business Networking Club journey as we celebrate the dedication and commitment of three outstanding members. Join us in congratulating Stuart Ashdown, Sarah White and Ian Molloy, who have each been presented with their certificates from Moortrees as renewing or new members of our South Devon Business Networking group.

At the heart of our networking club lies a commitment to fostering meaningful connections, facilitating growth, and nurturing a spirit of collaboration. It is through the dedication and active participation of all our members that our group continues to thrive and evolve.

We are proud of our partnership with Moor Trees, a local charity dedicated to restoring native woodland on Dartmoor and as part of this partnership, G12 will plant a tree for every new member who joins the group.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Stuart, Sarah and Ian for their ongoing commitment to the G12 Business Networking Club. Your dedication, enthusiasm, and willingness to connect and collaborate have enriched our community immeasurably.

As we celebrate this momentous occasion, let us reflect on the power of connection, the importance of collaboration, and the impact that each of us can make when we come together with a shared purpose.

May our trees stand as a testament to our contributions and serve as a reminder of the growth, strength, and resilience of our G12 Business Networking Club family.


Professional Headshot Photography

G12 member, Tony Cobley set up his professional headshot photography studio at our well attended March networking meeting at the Dartmoor Lodge in Ashburton, Devon.

Tony provided headshot photo shoots for 9 of our members, all able to take as long as they required and pick several favourite shots.

Tony said: “G12 is a great networking group for me as I like the flexibility of attending as often as I like without pressure and the well-structured yet informal format. I’ve met several lovely new clients through the groups and some excellent new suppliers and collaborators.”

Find out more at


Stokeinteignhead Primary School Receives Generous Donation of Taco Shells for Taco Tuesday Lunches

G12 Business Networking Club is delighted to announce the generous donations of two large boxes of Taco Shells for Stokeinteignhead Primary School. The donation comes at an opportune time as the school gears up for its Taco Tuesday lunch program.

Taco Tuesday is becoming a new tradition at the school, giving children an opportunity to sample foods from around the world within this cherished school environment. The addition of the donated taco shells will enhance the school’s ability to offer this popular menu item to all its pupils.

Thank you for the support and generosity of G12 Business Networking Club, for the donation of Taco shells for our Taco Tuesday meal.  Allowing our pupils the opportunity to experience new tastes.  A great time was had by all the children and we look forward to another fun Taco Tuesday in the coming weeks.

Jo Crathorne, Head of School

Stokeinteignhead Primary School is situated in a rural village location, surrounded by countryside and close to the beautiful river Teign estuary and South Devon coastline.

For more information about Stokeinteignhead Primary School’s programs and initiatives, please contact the school direct Stokeinteignhead Primary School, Stoke Road, Stokeinteignhead, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4QE


What about 2FA

Some learning for your grey matter today! Did you know that the phrase “Sweet FA” doesn’t mean what you think it does? The term ‘sweet Fanny Adams’ originated in 1869 among Royal Navy sailors, who darkly joked that the contents of their tinned meat resembled the remains of Fanny Adams. Over time, it evolved into a euphemism for ‘sweet nothing’.

But what about 2FA? Well, for those who don’t know, it stands for 2 Factor Authentication… and really is not Sweet FA!

Many people consider 2FA (two-factor authentication) as a secure way to protect their online accounts. However, the following video demonstrates that 2FA may not be as foolproof as everyone thinks it is.

Fake login pages are usually designed by hackers to trick users into entering their login credentials. But with a tool called Evilginx, hackers can also deceive users into submitting their 2FA codes. This enables the hackers to gain full access to the user’s account without any further 2FA prompts.

If you need any further advice or solutions, please don’t hesitate to contact CAP Technologies, they’re always happy to help out.

P.S To skip to the hack in action jump to around 9 mins

Post written by CAP Technologies who provide Managed IT services for businesses throughout the UK, primarily operating in Devon & Exeter with reach to distant areas of the South West and London.


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Managing your inheritance our February talk

In February’s Business Networking meeting, Chris Isaac from Secure Inheritance talked about how he helps people legally  ensure that everything they have worked for all their lives ultimately goes to the people they choose… because, according to a major report by the National Consumer Council  …  over 1 million people who didn’t do this lost at least part of their inheritance to “unintended” others.

Chris works for Secure Inheritance Legal Services and they do what it says on the tin…they specialise in helping you to legally secure everything you have worked for all your life.     Chris helps both business and non-business clients and he also has a referral system that may be mutually beneficial to certain businesses.

Yes, he can provide Wills, but at Secure Inheritance, they don’t just “DO” Wills, they specialize in doing the Right Will for the client’s needs and the outcome they desire. That can range from a standard basic Will through to powerful trust Wills and accompanying strategic estate planning so that the client can have the Choice, Protection, and Control to meet their desired outcome.

The National Consumer Council produced a report that stated categorically, that one million people lost part of their inheritance to an “unintended” other all because there was no Will in place at the time. Chris aims to help their clients ensure that as much as possible of everything they have worked for all their lives goes to their chosen loved ones and not to “Unintended others”   And who are these unintended others? They can include, Care Authorities and The Taxman but also to estranged spouses or future spouses and their children and, indirectly, to ex-son and daughters in law as a result of being divorced to your adult child after they have inherited.

In future talks, Chris will turn his attention to business owners and the measures they need to put in place to ensure that their business survives even in the event of personal incapacity and that their families benefit to the maximum and avoid some very high tax bills.

They also operate a thriving partnership programme in which they work together with:

IFAs, Accountants, Mortgage Advisers, Estate Agents, Equity Release Specialists, Insurance Brokers, Charities, Clubs & Societies and Employment Benefit Providers.

By working together they can provide a holistic service and bring extra revenue and new clients.

You can find out more by visiting the partner website at


Spring into Success: Why Business Networking is Your Key to Growth

As the world awakens from the slumber of winter, spring brings with it a sense of renewal and opportunity. It’s a time when nature bursts forth with vibrant colors, and the air is filled with the promise of new beginnings. And what better way to embrace this spirit of rejuvenation than by diving headfirst into the world of business networking?

1. Expand Your Horizons:
Spring is the perfect time to break out of your comfort zone and connect with like-minded professionals from diverse industries. Business networking events offer a platform to meet new people, exchange ideas, and gain fresh perspectives that can spark innovation and propel your business forward.

2. Cultivate New Relationships:
They say that your network is your net worth, and there’s no better time than spring to cultivate meaningful connections. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, building strong relationships with fellow professionals can open doors to new opportunities, partnerships, and collaborations.

3. Stay Ahead of the Curve:
In today’s fast-paced business landscape, staying ahead of the curve is essential for success. Attending business networking events allows you to stay informed about the latest industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices, keeping you one step ahead of the competition.

4. Showcase Your Brand:
Spring is a time of growth and renewal, making it the perfect opportunity to showcase your brand to a wider audience. Business networking events provide a platform to share your expertise, promote your products or services, and establish yourself as a thought leader in your field.

5. Energize Your Business:
Just as spring brings new life to the natural world, attending business networking events can breathe new life into your business. The energy and enthusiasm of networking events can reinvigorate your passion for what you do, inspiring you to set ambitious goals and pursue them with renewed vigor.

6. Learn and Grow:
No matter how experienced you are, there’s always something new to learn. Business networking events often feature expert speakers, workshops, and panel discussions where you can gain valuable insights, learn new skills, and acquire knowledge that can drive your business forward.

7. Seize the Season of Opportunity:
Spring is a season of growth, opportunity, and transformation. By embracing the spirit of spring and actively participating in business networking events, you can position yourself for success and lay the groundwork for a prosperous future.

This spring, don’t miss out on the chance to spring into success with business networking. Whether it’s attending events, joining online communities, or simply reaching out to fellow professionals, take advantage of the season of opportunity and watch your business thrive.

See you at our next networking event!


Alternative options to the standard keyboard and mouse

Last week I had the opportunity to present to G12 and we discussed some alternative options over the standard keyboard and mouse which are given away for free with most computers. The free ones work, but given the amount of time most of us spend typing and mousing, it’s well worth investing a little time and money in something better.

Think of it like your wife has a Vauxhall Corsa on the drive you can use for free. Perfectly fine. But your work takes you all over the place, so you’d be wanting something larger, more comfortable and refined to enable you to do the best work. I won’t  list options here, the best way to know what is the best solution for you is to drive it, and we have products available for you to do just that.
Now you’ve spoken to an expert in their field (the bloke who sold you that laptop is not an expert in ergonomics) and you have the correct equipment, we need to think about how to place it. You could have the best chair, height adjustable desk and accessories, but if they’re not set up correctly, you’ll likely still feel some discomfort. Here again, the expert in his field is invaluable.

At Backworld, I like to personally deliver every chair I sell, talk the user through the controls, and help them set it up so that they get the best from it. I don’t charge for this, it’s all part of the service. So while the headline price of that ergonomic wonder on Amazon might make it look like a bargain, chances are, it really isn’t.
Take a look at the lady in the picture. Notice how every part of her is supported. The armrests are under her elbow, wrists resting on the table, not craning her neck to see the monitor.
If you’re using your desk for half an hour to send family updates to your auntie in Melbourne, you probably don’t need to worry too much about this. But if you are going to sit all day and work, make sure it’s right. You wouldn’t drive a car without adjusting the set up, think the same way of your workstation.

Aeris Swopper Review

I recently had the pleasure of introducing the Aeries Swopper Office Stool into my workspace following a review by Paul at Backworld, and the impact has been nothing short of transformative. As someone who spends long hours at a desk, comfort and ergonomics are paramount, and the Swopper has exceeded all expectations. So what is so great about it?

Design and Build:

The Swopper’s design is not just aesthetically pleasing but also incredibly functional. The build quality is outstanding, reflecting the brand’s commitment to durability and longevity. The sleek, modern look effortlessly blends into my office space.

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Dynamic Seating:

What sets the Aeries Swopper apart is its dynamic seating experience. The flexibility and range of motion it provides have significantly alleviated the discomfort associated with prolonged sitting. The ability to swivel, bounce, and tilt has made my work hours more engaging and less sedentary.

Ergonomic Excellence:

The Swopper’s ergonomic design aligns perfectly with the natural movements of the body. It promotes active sitting, reducing the strain on my back and promoting better posture. The customizable height adjustment ensures that it accommodates users of various heights seamlessly.

Comfort Beyond Expectations:

The seat cushion is a game-changer. It strikes the perfect balance between softness and support. Even during the longest work sessions, I find myself experiencing a level of comfort that I never thought possible from a stool.

Versatility in Use:

Whether I’m working at my desk, participating in Zoom meetings, or simply taking a moment to brainstorm, the Swopper effortlessly adapts to my movements. It’s not just a stool; it’s a dynamic companion that enhances my overall work experience.


The Aeries Swopper has redefined my expectations of office seating. Personally, I think that it’s more than just a stool; it’s a proactive investment in my well-being and productivity. If you’re seeking an office seating solution that prioritizes comfort, functionality, and health, the Aeries Swopper is the answer so speak to Paul at Backworld as I’m more than happy to wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking to revolutionize their workspace.

I recently bought an Aeries Swopper Office stool from Paul for use in my workspace, and the impact has been nothing short of transformative. As someone who spends long hours at a desk, comfort and ergonomics are paramount, and the Swopper has exceeded all expectations. I listened to Paul’s recommendations throughout the buying process and his helpful advice and the showroom where I could try out various stools until I found the one I liked was superb. I cannot recommend Backworld highly enough, if you need help and advice on the best seating or desk options, you need to speak to Paul.

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