Helping Devon build back better

As a proud Devon Delivers ambassador, Applegate is keen to share the benefits of working in our county as well as help businesses connect locally for the benefits of our economic growth.

Read on to find out more about how SupplyDevon is helping the region recover from the impacts of the pandemic by connecting local buyers with local suppliers, as well as benefits to working in the county from our featured supplier KME Recruitment. 

SupplyDevon launched in early February 2021 and is already in use by both public and private sector procurement teams in Devon. The regional procurement platform has been developed by Applegate in partnership with Ghyston, one of the South West's leading software development companies and The University of Exeter. Suppliers are matched to buyer requests through artificial intelligence. 

Thanks to government funding, both buyers and suppliers in Devon can join SupplyDevon for free, and there is no commission on transactions. The platform provides opportunities for suppliers to be matched to requests for quotation, or tenders from other local businesses and organisations. These requests can be managed and responded to via an online platform - no downloads are required.

Stuart Brocklehurst, Chief Executive of Applegate, has urged Devon-based suppliers to register :

“This is a great opportunity for Devon firms to win more business and help tackle climate change at the same time. For procurement teams, it’s an opportunity to buy better, to support the local community, tackle climate change and counter discrimination.”

Professor Lisa Roberts, Vice Chancellor, University of Exeter commented:
"This crucial regional scheme will play a key role in boosting the economy in the region, at a time when the COVID crisis has had such a detrimental impact on so many businesses, but also do so in a way that helps protect the environment”.

Amongst the positive feedback received so far from both buyers and suppliers, one buyer who used the platform told us: "The idea of being able to use the skills and resources from local companies was what immediately caught out attention". 

Local, Devon businesses can register as a supplier. If you have an immediate purchasing requirement, simply use this link to get started.

As well as connecting Devon users through the SupplyDevon platform, Applegate and SupplyDevon are keen to show support and help promote businesses in the county. Having recently won Sales Recruitment Agency of the Year for the 3rd year running, we featured KME Specialist Recruitment, an innovative, award-winning Sales Recruitment Agency based in Exeter in the South West of England as our monthly Supplier Spotlight feature. 

KME is an independent agency and is, therefore, able to offer a bespoke and personal service to suit their candidate's and client's needs. KME places high-calibre sales candidates in a range of permanent Sales positions across all industries across the UK. They also offer a unique proposition for their clients by being able to provide Sales Training, a Sales Audit, Role and Candidate Profiling, Sales Consultancy, and even an Interim Sales Director. Such services ensure that their clients perform at maximum profitability.

KME pride themselves on the provision of a professional, open, honest and friendly recruitment service to both candidates and clients, delivering great customer service. Below, Michelle El-Din, Director at KME tells us why Devon is a great place to work:

"Devon is not only a beautiful place but it is also packed with unique employment opportunities as it has such a vast array of cities, towns, and villages boasting various industry job opportunities with something for every job seeker. Devon certainly won’t disappoint in providing a great work/life balance."

If you need support to fill a sales role or if you’re a sales candidate seeking your next career move then why not get in touch with KME by calling: 01392 344924 or emailing: Alternatively visit their website: where you can find out more about their services.


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