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Thank you, Stuart Brocklehurst

After an outstanding nine years at the helm of Applegate Marketplace, today we bid farewell to our CEO as he begins his new chapter in academia, as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter.

All at Applegate would like to thank Stuart (and his noble steed Muttley!) for his hard work to make Applegate the business it is, creating a happy and successful working environment, and championing prosperity in North Devon and beyond.


Thank you Stuart Brocklehurst

Stuart's impact on the business landscape in North Devon has been evident to see. His fantastic work with local authorities and educational institutions has seen nine apprentices pass through Applegate over the past nine years. 

On top of this, Stuart worked with the DWP to recruit colleagues through the Kickstart Scheme, providing an opportunity for unemployed 16-24 year olds.

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, Stuart created a free platform where businesses could find access to PPE goods in a time where it was needed the most. This work saw Applegate, and Stuart in particular, getting thanked during a parliamentary meeting at the House of Commons. 

At a time where a lot was uncertain in not just business, but the world generally, Stuart's measured  and reliable approach helped Applegate navigate through the pandemic. 

2021 saw Applegate expand it's business offering into Europe, signing a joint partnership with europages. This provided British suppliers a simple routine to export into Europe. 

Working with the University of Exeter, Applegate signed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, which helped Applegate boost its artificial intelligence capabilities and provide a first-class service for its buyers and suppliers. 

On top of his work as a Non Executive Director of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, Stuart launched SupplyDevon in early 2021. SupplyDevon is a free hub aiming to connect buyers and suppliers in the county, boosting the local economy, whilst cutting carbon emissions through reduced transport. 


Stuart leaves us in good hands, as we recently were acquired by Exeter-based The Troy Group. Alongside his role with the University of Exeter, Stuart will remain as a non-executive director at Troy. 

Katherine Frost, Applegate's Head of Business Development, placed her thanks for our outgoing CEO:

"Stuart is an extraordinary leader and its been an honour to have worked with him for so long. His wisdom, knowledge, and general presence in the business will be sorely missed, it has been an amazing journey with him.” 

Steve Paine will assume the role as General Manager of Applegate. Steve has been with Applegate for 13 years, and will continue to build on his strong relationships with our supplier and buyer networks as we enter a new era.

Commenting on Stuart's departure, Steve said:

"I'll forever be appreciative that someone of Stuart profile and experience would take the time to help nurture and develop me. a true leader in every respect. There will be extremely big shoes to fill!"

Thank you Stuart, and all at Applegate wish you the best of luck in the future. 


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