Sarah West Recruitment is an agency with a difference – one that really takes the time to get to know both clients and candidates, to understand what makes them tick and make the process of hiring or finding a job as smooth and as stress-free as possible. Having celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2018, this established and highly successful recruitment agency has developed a reputation for delivering.

Specialising in permanent, office based roles, the team work with a number of clients on an exclusive basis. All are successful, growing, forward thinking companies that are continually on the look out for great team members who’ll support and drive their plans and they rely on the Sarah West team to do that for them.

“The rest of the Sarah West team couldn’t be more in awe of Sarah and Sam as they prepare for this epic challenge – especially as Sarah vowed she wasn’t going to do anything like this in 2019! We know the many, many hours of training they’ll both put in before they set off in September and demonstrates just how determined these two are to succeed. It’s a massive undertaking.

“Of course we’ll be supporting from the side lines in any way we can – with words of encouragement and by providing the all important cake(s) and other sweet treats when they’re needed too.

“We know this pair will smash it and we can’t wait to follow their story over the next few months! Go team #getyourcake”

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The Bard Collective

We’re a social-first creative agency who create messages that make a difference. Bard’s mission is to be better and do good which is what our creative campaigns are all about. We’re all about making a change where we can. We want less waffle, more talk, less greed and more responsibility.

Storytelling has been around for thousands of years and with so many more tales to tell, we’ve only just scratched the surface. Surely there must be something more? For us, it’s not just about business, it’s about people, it’s about what it means to be human. We’re champions for doing better and just want to support people who are striving for more.

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Launched in mid-2017, Grow is a positive media movement. Their vision is to see the UK’s business community (and the UK as a whole) flourish, even in challenging times like these.

Starting with the incredible and unique city of Exeter, they want to serve the business community by telling the stories of the people within it and drawing people closer together into collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships. They also want to champion and celebrate everything that Exeter’s economy has to offer, from the vibrant independent business scene to its large multi-national companies.

Importantly, they constantly try to shine a spotlight on those who are finding solutions to some of the challenges that the city is facing. From infrastructure and environmental issues to culture, gender equality and engaging young people in business. They want to do their part in highlighting the right conversations and launching meaningful initiatives such as the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ and ‘Grow Green’.

Put simply, their goal is to be ‘good news’.

Therefore, it was an easy decision to come on board as the media partner for team #OnlyHereForTheCake . Having worked with Sarah in many capacities over the years, Team Grow jumped at the chance to support the amazing challenge which she and Sam have undertaken and will be cheering her along, every mile of the way!

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Launched in 2016, Air Marketing Group is an outsourced B2B sales and acquisitions agency. Their aim is to change the way outsourced sales is perceived by offering honest, transparent services to their clients, which focus on long term quality not just quantity.

Their innovative use of technology and sales theory has seen them win local awards for business excellence including the Business Services Category at the Exeter Living Awards 2019 and the award for Outstanding Business of the Year and Business Growth of the Year at the 2018 Express and Echo Awards. In 2018, Air were also recognised nationally as finalists for the BESMA and Amazon Growing Business Awards. They are keen to bring big business to the local economy and area, to give back to the city that has supported them from the start. They have already created 60+ jobs within Exeter and are only looking to grow further.

Air already work closely with the team at Sarah West Recruitment, who provide assistance in almost all of Air’s recruitment needs so, they were keen to show their support as Sarah embarks on this amazing adventure and helps those at a time when they need it the most.

“Having worked with Sarah and her team for many years now, they’ve helped us fill many vital roles, helping Air grow from strength to strength. I’m delighted for Air to be supporting this challenge and two fantastic local charities that it is in honour of. Team Air will be cheering you on every step of the way!” – Owen Richards, Managing Director.

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WiFi SPARK is a global provider of public-access WiFi based in Exeter. Established over 15 years ago, WiFi SPARK is lead by Matt O’Donovan, the company’s founder and CEO.

The company is the leading provider of public-access WiFi and analytics to large venues across the UK and globally. It is the chosen provider to over half of the NHS Trusts in the UK, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the biggest conference and events centres in the UK, high street retailers and hospitality businesses.

Matt says ‘Sarah has been a huge support in helping me to fill my company with smart and dedicated employees over the years and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to support her in this endeavour. I know how hard she has trained for this challenge, and the charities that Sarah and Sam are supporting are two excellent South West organisations. I look forward to hearing how the journey goes, good luck Sarah and Sam!’

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Sandler help business leaders and their teams live richer, happier and more balanced lives.  Our world class training and consulting a provides a journey of learning and development. We build inspiring leadership, strong hiring and management processes, high performing sales teams and market leading customer service.

The businesses we work with are very good at what they do; they’re focused on growth and they’re open-minded. However, they may be frustrated that the business isn’t growing fast enough or that growth has either plateaued or declined. We work with clients to understand their issues and teach them sales and management skills to overcome these challenges.

As keen goal setters and advocates for self-development, we are thrilled to support Sarah and Sam as they embark upon their journey. Their commitment to stepping outside their comfort zones to help raise money for great causes such as ‘Farms for City Children’ and ‘Hospiscare’ is truly inspiring! We wish them every success and can’t wait to hear how all the hard work was worth it when they cross the finish line.

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Bluegrass was born out of frustration with the IT support industry. Having been client-side and experienced the shortcomings in the IT support industry, we wanted to break the mould and offer something different.

Recognising the flaws in the traditional break-fix model of IT support we opted for an alternative approach. Our IT managed service is more proactive than reactive and rather than charge for out-of-hours support we include it as standard.

As your IT partner, you can trust that we’ll be there to help whenever you need it. We’ll help your business succeed through technology, whether that’s as your managed support provider or delivering an IT project or advice.

The Bluegrass team is delighted to be supporting Sarah and Sam with their epic challenge. In 2011, Bluegrass directors Dave and Hilary climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Sarah, so know how determined she will be to succeed for the benefit of their chosen charities. We can’t wait to follow their journey.

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Just imagine cycling 980 miles across nine days. Up hill and down dale using nothing but huff, puff and pedal power. That’s quite a journey. And we should know. We make journeys happen every day, all across the world, helping people to travel with a smile. Our flexible travel insurance makes it easy for travel-lovers to get the cover they need, without paying for cover that they don’t.

World First policies include free cover for over 75 sports and activities. (Yes, including cycling.) And it’s not unusual for travellers living with medical conditions to save hundreds of pounds with us thanks to our unique screening system. So next time you’re planning an adventure of your own – whether it’s cycling in the Alps, cruising in the Caribbean or taking a European city break – get a travel insurance quote from World First.

Meantime, hats off to Sam and Sarah. Now, helmets on!

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David Lloyd Exeter – our fabulous gym/health club who have been amazingly supportive in terms of our training and our fundraising.

David Lloyd’s aim is to make sure our members not only receive outstanding service but are able to use the very best facilities – a modern gym with all the latest and best kit, a range of tennis courts and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. A fantastic range of group exercise classes, including frequent sessions in two new virtual studios, and we they also boast a comfortable cafebar with space to work, relax and keep the family happy.

Greg Fanning, General Manager, says – ‘ The team at David Lloyd Exeter are very excited to be able to partner with Sarah and Sam in their forthcoming challenge and are in a fortunate position to be able to help them in their training, preparation and fundraising events for what is a daunting task ahead.

Sarah and Sam are very active members of the club who clearly take their training seriously and it is incredible to see such dedication by 2 people who are having such a positive impact on those individuals and charities who most need support in our area. We welcome members and guests to take part in any of the forthcoming fundraising activities at the club and look forward to helping the girls achieve their goals over the next 9 months’.

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Pi Society is a professional Matchmaking Agency in Devon which was established in 2017.  It is an ideal way to find your perfect match, offering you a personal and friendly service to help you fulfil your social and personal lives, combining a professional and discreet matchmaking service with local social networking events.

CEO Nicky Dunn said “I couldn’t be more thrilled to support Sarah and Sam with their epic challenge! The singles night was a great success, with the room full of laughter – and of course it was great to raise a healthy amount of money for the fundraising pot too!”

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