“Of course I love it here! Julie and I are running a vibrant and exciting tech company in one of the most beautiful parts of the world!”
So says Kate Doodson, joint CEO of Cosmic, when talking about her love of her company, of Devon and the work she gets to do with joint CEO Julie Hawker and the rest of the Cosmic team.
Based in Honiton, in East Devon, the tech consultancy and social enterprise works with communities, businesses, charities and schools, to help them with their digital and IT needs, including tech support, training and skills development, along with consultancy to help organisations achieve their digital transformation goals.
It was a love of the outdoors that drew Kate and her family to Devon - the dramatic landscapes of Dartmoor and Exmoor, and the tranquillity that she’s found living in East Devon’s Blackdown Hills.
But it’s the thriving tech industry, boosted by rapidly growing hubs in Exeter and Plymouth, that have helped Kate to develop a hugely successful career in a cutting-edge environment. A steering group member for Tech South West, she is regularly called upon to speak at key events and run sessions regionally and nationally on everything from transformation and future digital trends to cyber security and strategic digital marketing.
“Devon and the South West has a real thirst for tech and a desire to achieve improved productivity through the use of digital technology,” says Kate, who moved from the South East of England to the South West.
“I moved here and discovered a truly amazing culture of collaboration, with businesses looking to support each other and help us all to achieve growth and success. It’s definitely helped create an environment that has seen Cosmic develop strong roots in the region and becoming a thriving business working across the South West and beyond."
And when the working day is over? “Running in the woods, walking the dog over the hills and strolling out on to Dartmoor. It’s that freedom and sense of space all around us that allows me to escape the digital world for a moment, enjoy some of the best scenery in Britain, and gives me the headspace to think creatively. Like I said, I love it!"