Welcome to the second instalment of Best of the West, our monthly feature that shines a light on three South West-based businesses hitting the headlines for all the right reasons.

January’s post featured three Bristol-based companies. So this month we thought we’d spread the love a bit more throughout the region – starting with our home city of Bath.


DoodleMaths is an educational app created by Bath-based start-up EZ Education. Its fun, personalised work programmes improve confidence and ability in maths across a range of ages from early years to secondary education.

It is now the UK’s most popular maths app, and gained royal approval recently by being crowned one of the winners at Pitch@Palace – an event at St James’ Palace giving startups the opportunity to showcase their businesses to high-level investors and businesspeople.


Company founder Nicola Chilman impressed the judges enormously with her pitch. She also met the Queen, who was very taken with the idea too!


Clearly a very proud moment for Nicola and her team, and we hope it leads to great opportunities for DoodleMaths in 2017.


From its home in the heart of the Somerset countryside, the family-run business at Wyke Farms has been producing delicious cheddar cheese for many generations. They are now proudly the largest independent cheesemaker in the UK.


That’s impressive enough. But the company’s recent sustainability drive, resulting in it becoming 100% self-sufficient in green electrical energy, is equally as admirable.

As a result, Wyke Farms was recently announced as the UK’s National Champion in the Environmental and Corporate Sustainability category at the European Business Awards.

The brand now has the opportunity to be crowned National Public Champion. It’s a public vote, so please support Wyke Farms by voting here.

We’ve cast ours – it only takes a few seconds so get voting!


This wonderful brand is one of our favourite ever to emerge from Bristol. Brothers-in-law Jon Simon (visionary entrepreneur) and Tristan Hogg (kickass chef) launched the business in 2003, buying an old printworks in the city’s Stokes Croft area and turning it into a pie shop and kitchen.

Five restaurants, six cafes and countless amazing concoctions later, and Pieminister‘s quirky approach has brought the humble pie back into our culinary consciousness in the finest of ways.


So why a shout-out in Best of the West? Well – we wanted to pay tribute to their wonderful Black Pieday initiative.

The campaign turned the somewhat self-serving, material nature of Black Friday on its head by giving away thousands of pies across the country throughout the day. All they asked for in return was a donation to homeless charity Shelter.

It was a one-day thing, but if you’re inspired by the campaign, please donate to Shelter anyway here.

And if you’re inspired to try a Pieminister pie, we particularly recommend the Matador. Mmmmm.