With people returning to work, how can organisations ‘build back better’?

As part of a series of papers commissioned to mark the centenary of the Work Foundation, Exeter based Dr. Peter Totterdill was invited to contribute a ‘provocation’ paper exploring how UK businesses can innovate to improve working practices and boost performance.

Entitled ‘Are we really serious about securing enhanced productivity, through our people?’ the paper was published this week and, while it was produced prior to the Covid-19 crisis, its proposals for the ways businesses across the country can ‘build back better’ hold new relevance in the context of the current crisis.





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Specialist skills highlighted as Hannah receives Law Society’s Family Law Accreditation

Authored by The Family Law Co.
Posted: Tue, 05/19/2020 - 10:53am

Associate Solicitor Hannah Porter from The Family Law Company has been accredited by the Law Society and accepted as a member of the Family Law Panel.

This accreditation covers all types of family law work, except public law Children Act work and means that Hannah now has a recognised quality standard as a practitioner, so clients can be even more sure of an excellent standard of service. Achieving accreditation requires the successful completion of examinations, interviews and assessments to confirm suitability.

Things to know about Scrum framework

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Sun, 05/17/2020 - 9:32am

The constant development and evolution of technology are changing the way we work and live. Also, the adoption of technological innovations like AI-enabled programs, 5G, mobile and web applications, IoT platforms, blockchain-based systems, Agile and Scrum, has simplified the process of solving business problems and challenges.

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Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Sun, 05/10/2020 - 6:25am

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Exeter zero waste stores to reopen with safety measures in place

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Thu, 05/07/2020 - 9:51am

Zero waste provisions retailer Nourish will be reopening its shops in Topsham and Magdalen Road on Thursday May 14 with owner Sarah Martin putting in place systems to ensure the safety of customers and staff. 

The business closed in late March when it became obvious that it was going to be difficult to adhere to government guidelines.

“Both shops are fairly small and the style of shopping is interactive with customers measuring out their own spices, pulses, seeds or pasta before weighing and making payment,” explained Sarah.

Care provider urges contact through social distancing with elderly to reduce loneliness.

Care provider urges contact through social distancing with elderly to reduce loneliness

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 05/04/2020 - 12:06pm

EXETER residents are being encouraged by a care provider in the county to maintain contact through social distancing with elderly relatives, friends and neighbours to prevent loneliness following Coronavirus restrictions (May 2020).  

Guardian Homecare says many older people are becoming lonelier as they are not getting enough social interaction, and this can have a devastating impact on their physical and mental wellbeing.

South Devon care provider welcomes new national adult social care recruitment campaign.

South Devon care provider welcomes new national adult social care recruitment campaign

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Wed, 04/29/2020 - 10:35am

A SOUTH Devon care provider has welcomed a new national Government-driven adult social care recruitment campaign launched to boost the workforce and attract more staff into the sector (April 2020).

The initiative ‘Care for others. Make a difference’ was launched last week (April 23) to help attract more people into social care and to highlight their vital role during the pandemic.

Exeter College links up with Food4Heroes to provide meals for NHS staff 

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Thu, 04/23/2020 - 10:57am

Exeter College has offered its state-of-the-art industrial kitchen facilities to Food4Heroes; a charity that provides free nutritious meals to frontline NHS staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.  

The College’s @34 training kitchens will now be in use providing nutritionally balanced, free meals to NHS staff. These meals will include a vegetarian and a meat option and allergens will be listed on the dishes provided. Meals will be distributed to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in microwavable containers for NHS staff to take.  

PPE4Exeter Campaign Raises over £3,000 of £26,000 target in first weekend

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Thu, 04/23/2020 - 10:31am

A grassroots community project has raised an incredible £3000 in aid of their production of vital Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for community-based health and care workers in their first weekend. They are hoping to continue raising around £1000 a day to keep up with the demand for face shields in the local community. 

Manager for Guardian Homecare, Catherine Porter.

Care industry’s image is changing in Devon in wake of COVID-19

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Tue, 04/21/2020 - 11:00am

A LEADING Devon care provider says the home care sector’s image is changing in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis as more people realise how vital and skilled it is (April 2020).

Domiciliary care was perceived as being low-status, unskilled work before the outbreak, but Guardian Homecare, which has teams in Exeter and surrounding areas, says this has now altered.

Hundreds of businesses not yet applied for Covid-19 funding

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 04/17/2020 - 2:34pm

Hundreds of businesses in Exeter invited to make a claim for a grant to help them through the Coronavirus outbreak have yet to do so, Exeter City Council has revealed.

The Council is helping distribute £25 million of government funding in the form of either Small Business Grants or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants.

Last week, the Council wrote to 2,000 businesses in Exeter inviting them to make a claim.

And on Thursday evening, only around a third to a half of those businesses eligible had responded.