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15th January 2020

Jeremiah's Journey

The UNA Group is proud to be a sponsor.


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The UNA Group Ltd are proud to be an official partner of Jeremiah's Journey #FollowTheBear campaign.

You can follow them on Twitter or on their Website


23rd January 2019

UNA Sponsors National Marine Aquarium

UNA Joins fantastic network of Business Members who support NMA charity work

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The UNA Group has joined a network of Buisness Members who are suporting the Naitonal Marine Aquarium's charitable work.

More details here - National Marine Aquarium



26th April 2018

UNA Group expands its portfolio

Modern Distribution/Manufacturing Unit to let

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The UNA Group's portfolio of properties to rent has increased through the aquisition of 1-2 Broadley Park Road in Roborough, Plymouth.

The unit offers over 33,000 ft2 of space and is now available for viewing.

For more information, or to arrange a viewing please phone 01752 697 000


7th February 2018

Secure Yards Available AT ABC

Only 2 secure yards left.

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For more information please click


2nd October 2017

Office of the Month

33% of the normal rent

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Airport Business Centre are offering an office at 33% of the normal monthly rent, reduced from £750 per month to £500 per month (Offer is only available until 31st October 2017)


12th July 2017


Summer Promotion at our Devonshire Meadows site

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Until 30th September 2017, the fully serviced offices at Devonshire Meadows are available at the fully inclusive price shown on our website

The price shown includes Dedicated Broadband, Dedicated Phone (line rental), Parking, Business Rates, Heating, Water, Electricity and VAT.

Offices up to £199 per calendar month will also be furnished with one table, one chair and one phone handset. Offices above this price will include two chairs, two tables and two phone handsets.

This offer is available to new tenants signing a 12 month tenancy; with the ability to serve one month's notice after the first two months.


8th March 2017

Secure Yards at ABC

Up to 3,100 m2 (0.76 Acres) secure and surfaced yard area now available to let,

as either a whole or in equal parts; preferably no more than 2 areas.

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Click here for more details, or contact the sole agents

Bruton Knowles on (01752) 936 101


21st February 2017

1 and 2 person offices available

We have fully serviced offices available starting at £135 per month

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For details of these offices check out our Devonshire Meadows Wesbite.


30th November 2015

Team UNA Top Of The League

Team Una, sponsored by the Una group are top of the Netball league.

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UNA are top of the first division, read the full story in the Plymouth Herald


18th November 2015

Plymouth Argyle Team Up With Stem

Partnership deal between STEM Group and Plymouth Argyle Football Club

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The UNA Group are delighted to see our partner company STEM Group forming a technology partnership with Plymouth Argyle

Argyle along with Plymouth Pavilions, have signed up with Stem Group, with the technology experts becoming Appointed Technology Partner on a five-year agreement. Read more on the Argyle Website


13th August 2015

Great News as Stem Group partners MITEL

Stem Group, a business technology, IT support & services provider in the South West has become a certified Mitel Partner

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Having extended its product portfolio and grown its team in the past 12 months due to a £500,000 investment from ITEC, Stem aims to help businesses connect and collaborate by providing a range of communication solutions.

As the level of functionality varies between business communication manufacturers, it was vital for Stem Group to select the Mitel product to ensure that all customer requirements could be fully supported.
Stem Group has a long history of providing innovative services and solutions to its customers - situated across all sectors.
Working with South West organisations, such as the University of Exeter and Brittany Ferries, Stem Group will provide Mitel communication solutions to organisations of all sizes – from small businesses to large enterprises.
On top of business telephone and mobile solutions, Stem Group’s unified communications offering includes other methods of staying in touch, such as instant messaging, email, voicemail, and video chat, which can all be accessed through a single device or platform.
Stem Group additionally offers organisations the option to combine on-premise and cloud communications to optimise head office, branch office and mobile deployment.
Stem Group’s Unified Communications Director, Richard Hill, comments:
“Having spent the last two decades working with Avaya, Unify, ShoreTel and Alcatel systems, the Mitel solution is truly the most efficient, cost-effective and feature-rich solution I have had the pleasure to work with. Mitel has managed to design a Unified Communications product that is both simple to operate from an end-user viewpoint yet so thorough, its functionality will span all business sectors irrespective of the business needs…
…We are very excited to have the UK and Europe’s No.1 product in our portfolio and really look forward to helping our clients develop key business strategies to add growth and future-proofing to their businesses.”


13th March 2015


140 Tonne Boiler Installation Featured on BBC News

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In another Carbonarius joint venture, a massive 140 tonne boiler, made in Houston, Texas, has been installed at the £48m biomass plant currently being constructed in Tyseley Wood, Birmingham, which will use waste wood to generate electricity .

To see the BBC News report about this story, please click here

Another BBC News Report on the background of the plant here

When the Tyseley plant is completed in 2016 it is expected to power up to 17,000 homes.


8th July 2014


Plymouth-based Stem Group, a major business technology, IT support & services provider in the South West is delighted to announce that it’s secured an investment of £500k from ITEC Group

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Plymouth-based Stem Group, a major business technology, IT support & services provider in the South West is delighted to announce that it’s secured an investment of £500k from ITEC Group – the region’s market leaders in managed print services and document workflow solutions.

James Arscott, Stem Managing Director: “We are very proud of the service Stem provides to our clients, our strong reputation, and the team we have built over the past 8 years. This ITEC investment will allow us to continue developing our IT, Cloud, Telephony and business continuity services. It also gives us direct access to ITEC’s 2,500 strong client base and the opportunity to grow in new market sectors and a broader South West geography.”

The UNA Group and James Arscott remain as the majority shareholders, but the investment from ITEC will allow Stem to make further investment in their IT Services and growing their team of IT Analysts and Technicians. Stem has over 100 clients including major organisations in Plymouth - the National Marine Aquarium, Brittany Ferries, Theatre Royal and KPM.

Nick Crawford, Information Systems Manager KPM: “Having worked with both companies now for several years I believe our relationships have gone from strength to strength. Both Itec and Stem continually strive to help KPM improve, nothing is ever too much trouble for them.”

In addition to its Plymouth office, ITEC has offices in Bristol, Exeter, Bournemouth, London and Truro with 126 staff servicing its customers across the region.

Dave Young, Group MD of The Una Group: “We have exciting times ahead! James and his team have delivered exceptional performance over the past year and I have been looking for the right partner to give them a springboard for the business. James and I believe in strong, long lasting relationships. ITEC has been in the South West for 26 years and share common values of innovation, integrity, customer service and strong community engagement in all the areas where they are represented.”

Stem’s partnerships with major technology providers such as Dell, Aruba and Pure Storage has driven much of its recent success and it still boasts the only full service IT Disaster Recovery centre in Devon and Cornwall.

Nick Orme, CEO of ITEC: “Work isn’t a place any more, it is a presence. It should be the ability to perform tasks with equal effectiveness from a car, a train, a café or home – through multiple devices and with instant access to all the information you require and with the certainty that your IT environment is robust and your data is secure. Mobile, collaborative working is the future for all businesses and Stem has demonstrated to us that it has the infrastructure, skills and appetite to deliver true workplace transformation for our clients who are eager to adopt these new ways of working.”


12th June 2014

UNA Sponsor DEBI 2014

David Young, MD of launch sponsors, the Una Group, to be one of the awards launch speakers on June 17

26th March 2014

The Herald Business Awards 2014

UNA Group shortlisted in the "Green Business" category

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The Herald Business Awards presents Plymouth with an annual opportunity to celebrate and reward the businesses and individuals who are helping to drive this wonderful city forward, economically, culturally and socially, towards its goal of becoming Europe’s premier waterfront destination.

During the past three years the awards have highlighted the vast range of Plymouth’s enterprises, across the manufacturing and service sectors, and lauded many of the city’s prime success stories.

Working together in partnership has been critical to much that has been achieved in Plymouth already, and will be crucial in shaping its future.

The UNA Group is proud to have been shortlisted in the Green Business category of this year's awards. For more information on the awards



6th March 2014

UNA Supports Sam Goodchild and 'Team Plymouth'

David Young of  The Una Group says  “We’re delighted to be supporting Sam this year, as well as building Plymouth’s profile as a great City to visit.....

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With 100 days to go until 40 of the world’s top offshore sailors arrive in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour, local yachtsman, Sam Goodchild is announcing that he’ll be racing this year thanks to a group of city companies. The 24 year solo sailor will be competing on a boat called ‘Team Plymouth’. Sam’s hoping to promote around 10 local businesses and is looking for interested industries, many have already jumped at the chance to come onboard.

Jason Schofield, Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc : “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Sam Goodchild in Team Plymouth into Sutton Harbour this summer when La Solitaire du Figaro arrives in Plymouth. Sam already berths with us in Sutton Harbour Marina so providing support for him to compete in this challenging race was a natural extension of our relationship. We feel that Team Plymouth provides a fantastic opportunity to put the spotlight on Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, to those in the sailing world in both the UK and France.”

David Young, The Una Group: “We’re delighted to be supporting Sam this year, as well as building Plymouth’s profile as a great City to visit. We offer an unrivalled sailing venue for events such as the America’s Cup World Series, the Rolex Fastnet and others, which all help showcase our wonderful city. Sam is one of our top offshore sailors with a very exciting future ahead of him and we’ll do everything we can to help him achieve his ambitions.”


Sam’s first race of the season is the Solo Maitre Coq that starts in Les Sables d’Olonne on 13th March. This is a warm-up for the main event of the season, the iconic La Solitaire du Figaro - a month-long, 4-leg race that will coming to Plymouth for the first time in the history of the race.

Sam Goodchild, ‘Team Plymouth’: “I can’t wait to race into Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour in June. This is one of the toughest races for offshore sailors and is incredibly popular in France. The sailing world is going to be focussed on Plymouth and I thought it was a great opportunity to promote the city and its businesses by having a local boat. I’m incredibly grateful for all the support I’ve had already and I’m hoping to add a few more supporters before I race here in a few months time.”

The Una Group, Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc and Destination Plymouth are supporting Sam already. Sam’s also had help from N9 Design who are working on the boat’s graphics. These companies will join Sam’s existing sponsors: adidas, adidas eyewear, Artemis, Brooks Macdonald, Pol Roger, Southern Ropes and Lifedge.

In last year’s Solitaire, Sam achieved the best British result since 1975 after finishing in 11th place. He’d really love to finish inside the top 10 this year as he works towards his ultimate ambition, the Vendee Globe race in 2016.

If you’d be interested in supporting Sam please email him:

and you can follow Sam throughout the season here:


27th January 2014

Stem Group Excited to Continue 2013 Success into 2014 and Beyond

2013 was a very productive and exciting year for Stem Group.

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Already working with some of the South West’s most notable businesses from SMEs, schools, the public sector and charities, Stem Group went from strength to strength in 2013 and is looking to continue to grow on that through 2014. Several large contracts were taken on, the result being the need for three new staff and an expansion to the data center, based at our offices at Airport Business Centre in Estover, Plymouth. Cloud computing and hosted IT services have become one of the major considerations for businesses in the last couple of years. Stem Group already boasts an impressive cloud client base including Burts Chips, Brittany Ferries and Plymouth Theatre Royal. “Stem Group has continued to grow significantly over the last few years and we are always looking for fresh talent to add to our expanding team. We are very excited about our future.” Stephen Tyrrell comments, Managing Director of Stem Group.



21st November 2013

UNA Winners at DEBI 2013

UNA Group WIn Sustainable Ethos Award

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Ian Brooking of the UNA Group together with the sponsor Kier Group's, Gareth Bourton

at the Met Office – Exeter, with the award for winner of Sustainable Ethos.

For more details of the awards by Devon Environmental Business Initiative

please see


28th October 2013

UNA is a DEBI Finalist

The Una Group is delighted to announce that it’s a finalist in this year’s DEBI Environmental Awards

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The Devon Environmental Business Initiative (  has been championing Devon’s business community for 21 years. The Una Group is shortlisted in the Sustainable Ethos category.

The judges from DEBI, the Environment Agency and South West Water paid the Una Group a visit last week to find out more about their ongoing environmental activities.

The awards will take place at the Met Office in Exeter on Thursday, 21st November.


19th July 2013


Carbonarius received the Best Energy from Waste Initiative Award at the prestigious National Recycling Awards in London.

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  Ian Brooking, Carbonarius: “It is great for us to win this award for all involved. Myself, David Pike and David Nairn have worked very hard against challenging financial markets to get this project built. We are a small company developing projects and it is great to win an award against the large waste entities.”  


 Carbonarius was set up in 2010 as a partnership between the Una Group and O-Gen UK Limited to develop waste timber gasification facilities. Its aim is to take waste wood such as construction materials and broken pallets and turn it into renewable energy. Its first plant, in partnership with MITIE Group PLC known as O-Gen Plymtrek is based at the Devon Enterprise Facility in Roborough. This site has the potential to convert 40,000 tonnes of timber into renewable heat and electricity each year. It could reduce CO2 levels and produce enough electricity to power 6,200 homes or make 850,000 cups of tea. 

 Ian Brooking, Carbonarius: “O-Gen Plymtrek is a state of the art facility which is highly efficient and sustainable, whilst supporting the local economy and community, and helping to meet national Government targets. The solution in Plymouth utilises the best available technology as recognised by the Environment Agency. It avoids the need to landfill and transport the wood waste over large distances. This is the first of a pipeline of projects nationwide. 

 The Plymouth facility has been developed and will be operated by MITIE. This has generated around 50 local jobs in the construction phase and around 23 in the running of the plant but it has also helped to secure around 750 jobs in the local area through its supply of renewable heat and power to nearby businesses.