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Local Visitor Economy Partnership (LVEP) for Devon

Visit England has announced that Devon and Partners have achieved a new Local Visitor Economy Partnership (LVEP) accreditation for the county.

The status will support a collaboration of local authorities and organisations to promote and manage the growth of Devon’s local visitor economy.

The new LVEP will become part of the national programme managed by Visit England. This portfolio of nationally supported, strategic, and high-performing organisations will provide local leadership in tourism destinations all over the country.

The bid for accreditation was led by...

Exeter is the second most pet-friendly UK city

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Fri, 04/12/2024 - 6:27am

Norwich has been named the most pet-friendly UK city for a city break according to new research.

Howden Insurance analysed Airbnb and Booking.com property listings available over a weekend (Friday to Sunday), to discover which UK towns and cities have the highest percentage of properties which allow guests to bring their pets.

The ten most pet-friendly UK towns and cities are outlined below:



Total number of available properties (Airbnb and Booking.com )

Number of listings where pets are allowed


Councils to receive additional funds to support households struggling with higher energy and food costs

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 04/11/2024 - 8:42pm

Citizens Advice is reporting that average energy costs are as high as last winter for many households , and that despite energy prices falling this month, around 5.3 million people are currently living in households in debt to their energy supplier.

So, it's welcome news that Devon County Council has confirmed that it's been allocated a little over £5 million from the government to help households struggling to pay higher bills for energy, food, water, and other essential items.

This will be the fifth round of Household Support Funding that the council has received from...

RSPCA launches ‘For Every Kind’ campaign in South West to ‘rethink animals’ in 200th year

In the South West, nine out of ten people believe dogs can feel happy - but just four out of ten think chickens can.

The RSPCA says we need to “radically rethink” our relationship with all animals as it launches its new For Every Kind campaign to mark its 200th year - as it reveals in the South West there is a stark difference between what people think those living in our homes, in the wild, on farms or in labs deserve.

The charity reveals new polling which shows a stark difference in the way we see animals, depending on our relationship with them and says we have become...

Westcountry Business Summit 2024

This year's event is themed around three pillars: Connect, Learn and Innovate.

The summit aims to galvanise the business community, fostering an environment where diversity in thought and practice is encouraged and harnessed as a strategic asset. By highlighting the importance of neurodiversity and innovative leadership, the event underscores the emerging paradigms in business culture that prioritise inclusivity and creativity.

Ben Williams, Lucy Smith, Adrian Brown, Chris Charles, and Jeremy Grove will speak at this year's summit. They will share their invaluable expertise...

Funding boost for Exeter’s incredible Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

A funding boost for the University of Exeter’s incredible Bill Douglas Cinema Museum will allow more people to experience and research the unique collection.

The funding, from Research England’s Higher Education Museum and Galleries Collection Fund, is

worth £104,456 a year for the next five years. It recognises and supports the unique and significant contribution that the museum makes to the wider research community and enables this to grow.

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is the leading moving image museum in the UK and is home to one of the most significant...

Keeping tight-knit on the pitch! World’s longest multi-club scarf launches Kellogg’s football camps

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 04/09/2024 - 7:11am

The world’s longest multi-club football scarf, featuring more than 70 football clubs across England, Wales, and Scotland, has today been revealed to mark the launch of the Kellogg’s Football Camps programme.

In partnership with the English Football League, Manchester City, Celtic and Rangers, the football camps for girls and boys aged 5-15yrs will reach from Exeter to Edinburgh, supporting parents in keeping their kids active and entertained across the nation during the school summer holidays.

To celebrate the announcement, Kellogg’s is giving away 30,000 free places for...

Pint of Science Exeter brings the stars behind the latest research to a venue near you

Tickets are launched today for the world’s largest festival of public science talks, which will see more than 30 scientists take to the stage in venues across Exeter.

On 13–15 May, the Pint of Science festival will simultaneously bring thousands of scientists and their research out of the lab and into pubs, cafes, and community halls near you. The three-day festival has grown astronomically since its inception, and 2024 will see events in over 25 countries and hundreds of cities around the world. Each night will provide a unique line up of talks, demonstrations and live...

Exeter firm breaks 'taboo' on elderly care with new campaign

Devon-based telecare firm TakingCare is raising awareness of the UK social care crisis following findings that 1 in 2 adults haven't made future plans for their care - despite millions having unmet care needs in the UK.

The firm has launched the #HaveTheTalk campaign to help Brits have more open, honest conversations about elderly care options.

Former Olympian Michelle Griffiths-Robinson has already lent her voice to the campaign, following her own personal experiences of caring for her elderly mother, as well as influencer Lavina Mehta MBE.

The new multi-channel...

Milltek Sport – it’s the sound of the Police!

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 04/07/2024 - 9:19pm

Milltek Sport is helping Devon & Cornwall Police to make all the right noises when it comes to highlighting road safety and engaging with the region’s modified car community.

The long-established premium performance exhaust specialist has supported the Force with the supply and installation of a fully ECE-approved system for its innovative Focus RS ‘police car’, which is taken to car meets and features in road safety videos.

The 2016 fast Ford has been ‘in service’ for nearly two years and during that time it has been transformed from a standard Mk3 Focus RS – one of...

Exciting new library reading programme for under 4s aims to boost children’s love of books

An exciting new early years reading programme with stickers to collect has been launched in libraries across Devon and Torbay, aiming to inspire a lifelong love of reading.

Libro’s Friends is an extension of Libraries Unlimited’s hugely successful The Secret Book Quest, which was launched in 2021.

Both programmes have been created as part of Libraries Unlimited’s drive to boost the reading skills of children in the county.

The Secret Book Quest uses a free sticker collection book to set older children a 50-book goal and takes them on a journey through topics...

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