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Planning consent granted for sustainable homes at Winslade Park in Exeter

Exeter based Burrington Estates has secured planning permission for a collection of 34 sustainable three-, four- and five-bedroom homes, and four affordable two- and three-bedroom homes at their flagship development at Winslade Park in Exeter, Devon. This vibrant multi-use site currently hosts both commercial office space as well as state of the art leisure facilities.

The 86-acre site has received £28 million of funding from Paragon Development Finance and is already a buzzing hub of activity with premium sports and leisure facilities such as a gym, swimming pool, spa, creche...

Get help with summer holiday childcare costs

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 06/28/2022 - 10:04pm

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding thousands of parents and families in the South West not to miss out on financial support that can help pay for childcare during the summer holidays.

Through Tax-Free Childcare, families can receive up to £2,000 a year per child – or £4,000 if their child is disabled – to put towards the cost of childcare. And it is available for children aged up to 11, or 17 if the child has a disability. The money can help towards the cost of holiday clubs, before and after-school clubs, childminders and nurseries, and other approved childcare schemes...

What's coming to Plymouth with a modern cruise terminal?

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Tue, 06/28/2022 - 6:00pm

The momentum to upgrade Plymouth's docklands appears to be gathering pace as many give their voice to expectations of the benefits that construction will bring to the area. Plymouth City Council is working with major players in the industry to secure funds for the project in the Millbay area that will capitalise on Plymouth's successful bid to become a freeport dealing in imported goods exempt from the high tariffs payable in other areas.

A significant part of the plan is a new pontoon and modern cruise terminal built at Millbay, originally constructed by engineer Isambard...

Cygnet Theatre Celebrates Forty Years with Open-Air Performance in Farringdon

Multi-award winning Cygnet Theatre is celebrating a phenomenal forty years of its acting training and drama school. To mark the occasion, they are staging the Cygnet Dream Festival, launched with the help of a celebratory cake baked in the shape of a swan.

Founder of the Farringdon Society of Arts and managing director of LittlePod vanilla, Janet Sawyer, is playing host to the Cygnet Theatre with an open-air performance of Twelfth Night in her garden at LittlePod HQ on July 20.

“We are thankful and privileged to have such an outstanding theatre company in our midst, and...

Devon-based Lightfoot appoints Software as a Service leader, Bob Mann, as new Chairman

Lightfoot, the trail-blazing, in-cab, driver fleet coaching technology and rewards platform, has announced that Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses leader, Bob Mann, has been appointed as Chairman of the Devon-based green-tech company.

Currently Chair of Openbravo, one.network, Social Value Portal, ethiXbase, and a board member of Zift, Bob Mann is widely recognised as a pioneer in the SaaS space. He previously ran the European operations of several US software companies, including Siebel Systems, and rapidly turned Relayware - now part of Zift - into a leading global SaaS...

Finishers at the FORCE Cancer Charity Nello bike ride

The Nello is back and amazing as ever!

The Nello, FORCE Cancer Charity’s iconic annual cycle ride, returned in style on Sunday.

Nearly 800 riders signed up to celebrate the comeback of the charity’s single biggest fundraising event of the year after COVID forced its cancellation in 2020 and 2021.

The atmosphere at Topsham Rugby Club was joyous as riders prepared to take on a 55 or 100 mile challenge.

Event organiser Sarah Daniels said: “The last time we were able to physically gather on this start line was in 2019 and it is superb to be here now. Today is monumental for us, showing that events can occur...

Exeter students deliver top medical care to revellers at Glastonbury 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 06/27/2022 - 1:06pm

Nursing and medical students from the University of Exeter put their learning into action by volunteering in the delivery of first-rate medical care to festival goers at this year's Glastonbury event.

A mixture of students from both the University’s Exeter and Truro campuses volunteered to be first responders at the festival, to gain real-life experience in responding to incidents and illnesses at one of the biggest festivals in the UK.

Ahead of the festival, students received special training through which they gained medical qualifications that will contribute to their...

Matthew Bennett and Alan Bray

Allison Homes South West makes two senior appointments as part of its national growth strategy

Allison Homes South West has appointed managing director Matthew Bennett and commercial director Alan Bray to its senior team.

The two new appointments come as Allison Homes embarks on ambitious expansion into the region as part of its growth strategy to be a national housebuilder.

Matt joins from Burrington Estates where he was commercial managing director, having also held a Board position at Barratt David Wilson Exeter. He will oversee the vision of the company in acquiring land, as well as bringing new homes within thriving communities to Devon, Somerset and the wider...

Travel advice ahead of Devon County Show

Drivers planning to use the M5 near Exeter are advised to plan their journeys ahead of this week’s three-day Devon County Show at the Westpoint Arena.

The show, to be held on Thursday, 30 June, Friday, 1st July and Saturday, 2nd July, averages an attendance of up to 100,000 people over the three days at the Clyst St Mary venue near Exeter, with increased traffic anticipated on the M5 north and south of junctions 29 and 30, the A30 east and west of Exeter and the A38 south of Exeter.

Congestion has previously occurred during the morning influx to the show, particularly...

Checkatrade appoints Foot Anstey LLP to provide employment law advice

Foot Anstey LLP has been appointed by Checkatrade, the UK’s number one website for finding a tradesperson, to provide employment law advice.

The Foot Anstey Client Service Team, led by Lisa Wallis (Legal Director), includes Gemma Robinson (Senior Associate), Sharee Kitley (Associate) and Michael Thomson (Legal Executive), who will be working with Checkatrade to advise on a variety of employment law related matters.

As a retainer client Checkatrade will have access to the law firm's Ingenuity for Employment solution to help streamline its Human Resources legal support. The...

Thousands of students set to celebrate graduation as ceremonies return at the University of Exeter

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 06/25/2022 - 11:11pm

Thousands of students will finally be able to mark the end of their studies in traditional style as summer graduation ceremonies return at the University of Exeter.

The class of 2022 – and those from 2020 and 2021 who have been waiting to mark their achievements with family and friends – will all graduate during a bumper series of ceremonies held this month and throughout July.

The University’s new Chancellor, Sir Michael Barber, will preside over the events for the first time, which will also see awards handed to honorary graduates from the arts, sciences, music,...

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