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Hear! Hear! New hearing centre of excellence opens in Exeter

Hearing specialist, Chime , has opened a new, contemporary hearing centre of excellence in Exeter to mark its 10th anniversary. The state-of-the-art centre provides greater access to Chime’s audiology experts and innovative hearing solutions for people in Exeter, East and Mid Devon.

Open Monday to Saturday, 8:15am to 5:30pm on 21 and 22 Queen Street, people experiencing difficulty with hearing can seek expert advice at the centre, previously located inside the Harlequins Shopping Centre. Chime moved to its new home, opposite the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, in January after...

Food Charity appeals for retired volunteers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 01/25/2022 - 3:49pm

FoodCycle , the charity that aims to make food poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past for every community, is in urgent need of volunteers. This month, FoodCycle will invest in a national recruitment campaign to try to entice more people to join them.

While volunteer roles are open to anyone who has some time to spare, the current drive will particularly target retired members of the community.

Alex Hatherly, South West Regional Manager explains why:

“Only around 3% of our FoodCycle volunteers are retired yet we’ve found with the combination of...

Five men holding pasties

Local businesses sink their teeth into competition with Men’s Walk launch stunt

Authored by SofyR
Posted: Tue, 01/25/2022 - 1:05pm

Men’s Walk will return on Saturday 12 March to raise vital funds for Hospiscare. The popular fundraising event offers two ways to take part this year in order to raise vital funds for families living with a terminal illness. Participants can choose to walk a route of their choice in their local area or join the event at Double Locks in Exeter.

As the fundraiser is renowned for its triple perks – a pint, a pasty and the rugby – the charity chose to celebrate the event launch with a pasty eat-athon. Five key representatives of these well-loved elements competed to earn the glory of...

College helping students keep their New Year resolutions

Authored by Joe Cooper
Posted: Tue, 01/25/2022 - 10:30am

New year…New You: Lose weight, do more exercise and cut back on spending, are three of the top New Year resolutions.

But with most falling by the wayside within seven weeks, a Devon college is hoping it can help buck the trend well into 2022.

South Devon College has hundreds of health courses on offer to lure people away from the biscuit tin and swap chocolates for chin ups.

“We have a course to suit anyone who wants to teach fitness, get fitter, or work in the industry,” said Daniel Gaze, Head of Sport, Adventure and Protective Services at South Devon College....

Business support programme launched in Devon

A new business support programme has been launched offering a range of business training and support services for the self-employed and small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

Up to 600 businesses will be supported through the Heart of the South West Growth Hub’s new programme – Thrive.

The programme is part funded by the ERDF and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with match funding from the Growth Hub and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The programme aims to stimulate...

Woodland tidied up thanks to enthusiastic volunteers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/24/2022 - 5:10pm

A Dartmoor woodland has been given a tidy-up thanks to a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. Working with Dartmoor National Park’s Rangers Ella Briens and Ethan Parsons and Dartmoor Headwaters Project Officer Kerry Smith, the group spent a Sunday morning removing tree guards from a native woodland in the Dean Burn valley near Buckfastleigh. Seventeen volunteers joined Ella, Ethan and Kerry for the volunteer event on January 9 and the collective hard work was a success because they collected up hundreds of tree-guards – filling five big dumpy bags. It’s hoped the tree-guards can...

Bluegrass plants trees for every new client

25 trees planted for every new client

As part of their mission to ‘Turn Bluegrass Green’ Exeter based IT support business Bluegrass Group are delighted to announce that they will be planting 25 trees for every new client that signs up for support.

Joint Managing Director David Thomas comments ‘As a business we want to become more aware of our impact on the planet and we’re keen to take measures to offset our business footprint. This is one of the first steps we will take in order to become a more sustainable business.

It’s critical that every individual and every business takes action against the climate crisis...

Foot Anstey's Private Equity team sees significant rise in 2021 deal activity

The Private Equity team at Foot Anstey LLP reported a record level of activity for 2021, completing 30 private equity backed deals in the calendar year, despite continued turbulence and uncertainty. Highlights during this exceptionally busy period saw the team strengthen existing relationships with private equity firms August Equity and Livingbridge, and their portfolios, and support the Access Group on multiple acquisitions.

Private equity-backed buyouts and portfolio bolt-on acquisitions are a deep specialism for Foot Anstey's nationally focused private equity team and these...

BGF leads £2.5m investment round into sustainable female underwear brand, Stripe & Stare

BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active growth capital investor, has led a £2.5 million investment round into sustainable female underwear brand, Stripe & Stare, alongside a consortium of high-profile investors. BGF provided £1.5 million of growth capital with the remaining amount coming from private backers, including Richard Longhurst, co-founder of Lovehoney and Sam Galsworthy of Sipsmith Gin.

Headquartered in Devon, Stripe & Stare was founded in 2017 by friends and business colleagues Katie Lopes and Nicola Piercy, with the aim of creating the most comfortable and eco-...

What will you see in Devon during the Big Garden Birdwatch?

The world’s largest garden wildlife survey returns, with hundreds of thousands of people watching and counting the UK’s garden birds over the last weekend in January for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Over a million people took part in 2021, counting 17 million birds – making it the biggest Birdwatch ever! In Devon, nearly 29,000 people joined in.

Over the past year, we’ve seen how important the natural world is to our mental health and wellbeing. There has been a surge in interest in the nature on our doorsteps and many people have come to rely on garden birds to...

100% of Devon and Cornwall bathing waters meet required water quality standards

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 01/20/2022 - 11:00pm

99% of bathing waters in England have passed water quality standards following testing at over 400 designated sites carried out by the Environment Agency (EA). The results, released today (19 January), show that for the 2021 bathing season 94.7% of England's beaches and inland waters gained an ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ rating while 4.3% achieved the minimum ‘Sufficient’ rating. This compares with 98.3% passing the required standards in 2019, and is the highest number since new standards were introduced in 2015. For the first time ever, 100% of designated bathing waters in Devon and Cornwall...