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Couple picked region due to warm welcome

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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TWO more businesses are relocating to North Devon because the owners say the people are "free spirited and welcoming" here.

Angela and Matt Whittaker believe working in North Devon will be better for themselves, their children and their businesses, so they are moving to Great Torrington.

Their two businesses are Hippy Motors, which designs and makes car stickers, and Print 3D People, which sells equipment to scan, copy and print people.

Hippy Motors sells car stickers to customers all over the world, focusing on positive designs for cars and vans including flowers, peace and love. They have developed a following among people with campervans and those bored with long lines of "dull and similar-looking cars".

"We very quickly realised that a good percentage of our UK customers were situated around the coast," said Angela. "Then we noticed 'hot spots' of sales and North Devon really started to stand out."

Originally from Merseyside and loving the coast, the couple looked at a lot of places including south and mid-Wales and the North East, but one place kept on coming through on their internet orders: North Devon. They needed to know what it was about North Devon and why where they so popular here.

One half-term holiday they stayed at Instow and knew within a day that it was where they wanted to relocate their business and bring up their children.

On a visit to Great Torrington, a resident said to them something no one else had said: "Yes, move, you'll fit in really well here."

"That was it," said Angela. "No one had said that to us before. If someone thinks we'll fit in, then it is the place for us and our business."

As well as Hippy Motors, they are starting Print 3D People, which creates 3D figures of people and life masks.

A scanner, equipped with two lenses to create depth, moves around the person or object to create a 3D computer model. This is uploaded to a 3D printer which can print the object in a large variety of materials from ceramic to resin, plastic and even Sterling Silver.

The end result is a replica figurine or bust of the person or object.

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