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Hair at the Academy shines a spotlight of hope for Exeter’s homeless community

Exeter-based Hair at The Academy (HATA) is making waves of positive change for those who need it most. They will shine a spotlight on supporting people experiencing homelessness in the city with their remarkable work in the community by extending their free education provision to empower those most in need.

Following the resounding success of their pilot projects where they ran hairdressing and barbering training courses for homeless people at their salon in Kimberly Road, Exeter, a registered VTCT Centre of Excellence - one of the UK’s market-leading vocational and technical...

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Masterchef: The Professionals 2024 Applications Now Open!

Authored by Daisy Hall
Posted: Fri, 02/16/2024 - 7:26pm

MasterChef: The Professionals is back for its 17th series! Once again we are looking for undiscovered new talent and exciting food within the culinary world.

We are calling out to all chefs who want to enter the ultimate cooking competition, to test their skills on a national level under the wings of culinary legends.

Throughout the years, MasterChef: The Professionals has discovered rising stars. Past contestants have gone on to open restaurants, judge competitions on television, write cookbooks, and even win Michelin stars of their own. This is an opportunity like no...

Data-day life: Exeter museum’s Youth Panel create new data-based exhibition

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 02/16/2024 - 3:38pm
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM)’s new Youth Panel café exhibition opens Tuesday 27 February.

Following the success of last year’s Youth Panel exhibition Picked and Pressed: The Appeal of Edible Plants, the newly developed Data-day life exhibition explores how data from our daily lives can be creatively expressed in engaging and innovative ways across twelve individually designed banners.

Visitors to the Exeter City Council museum will be able to see the creative presentation of a wide variety of data sets collected from the routines of Youth Panel...

IMP Software co-founders Will Jordan, left, and Dave Hall.

Exeter-based IMP Software shortlisted for national Megabuyte100 Emerging Stars award for best-performing technology company

Authored by Phil Smith
Posted: Fri, 02/16/2024 - 1:35pm

IMP Software has been shortlisted for the Best Performing Company – Government & Healthcare – Emerging Stars award at the upcoming 2024 Megabuyte100 awards.

The Emerging Stars awards identify the UK's 50 best-performing scale-up technology companies in the UK and acknowledge outstanding achievements within peer groups and overall. Evaluation criteria encompass factors such as size, growth and margins.

Will Jordan, Co-Founder of IMP Software, said: “We are proud to be among the UK’s top performing scale-up tech companies, as determined by its proprietary Megabuyte...

New St Thomas Community Garden sign

Signs Express Exeter Continues Support for Local Community Garden with New Sign Donation

Signs Express Exeter is proud to announce its continued support for the St Thomas Community Garden by donating a replacement sign to the project. The original sign, provided in 2017, helped promote the garden's mission of teaching children about the origins of food and encouraging community participation. The garden, a collaborative effort by Montgomery Primary School, St Thomas Residents Association, and Blooming St Thomas, has since evolved, necessitating an updated sign to reflect its current activities and the ongoing collaborative efforts keeping the space vibrant.

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Student Swap Shop returns to encourage sustainable behaviour

Authored by Daisy Hall
Posted: Fri, 02/16/2024 - 9:14am

Vita Student in Exeter, located at Portland House, is thrilled to announce the return of the Vita Student Swap Shop, an initiative that aims to encourage sustainable behaviour, increasing the lifecycle of products and reducing waste for students.

The average amount of waste thrown away by each person in the UK is 409kg each year*, meaning the average person is having a significant impact on the environment.

The Vita Student Swap Shop will teach the next generation about the significance of giving their items a second lease of life and help to reduce the impact on the...

Utilities company supports Devon charity to keep people warm at home

100 ‘warm bags’ to keep winter chills at bay are being distributed to people in and around Exminster as a result of a partnership between Wales & West Utilities and Devon charity Westbank Community Health and Care (Westbank).

The bags are being distributed to people in the local community through Westbank’s recently-launched Warmwell at Home initiative. Each bag contains hand warmers, a thermometer, a pair of thermal socks, a travel mug, a hat and gloves, a hot water bottle and a large blanket.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service,...

InExeter selected to represent SW in 2024 RHS Britain in Bloom UK Competition

InExeter, the business improvement district for the city, is delighted to announce its selection to represent the south west in the BIDS category of the 2024 RHS Britain in Bloom UK competition.

This recognition follows three successful years of participation in the South West in Bloom competition, where InExeter received Silver Gilt twice, a gold, and topped the BID category last year. InExeter continually strives to make Exeter a greener city, with more than 140 hanging baskets funded across the city and over 30 square meters of planting, including barrier baskets, tubs,...

Devon community groups receive funding boost

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 02/15/2024 - 3:48pm

Three community groups across Devon* have received over £2,700 from The Co-operative Bank in the latest round of grants from its Customer Donation Fund.

Among the recipients was Exeter-based Sweetpea Smallholdings, a community interest company (CIC) that aims to reduce social isolation by bringing people from a variety of backgrounds together to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs.

Made up of mostly disabled volunteers, the CIC grows produce at sites across Exeter all year round, which is delivered to those in the community who are most in need. As well as growing produce,...

Devon authors to share tricks of the trade

Three Devon authors, who are all members of the same writing group, will be sharing their experience of the rocky road to publication, in an attempt to help other writers get published.

Yaara Lahav Gregory, Anna Lunk, and Sophie Pierce will be in conversation at Exeter Central Library next month (March 12th), in an event entitled One Writers’ Group: Three Routes to Publication.

All three have had books published in the last year, but know what a lonely business writing is, and how difficult it is to get published. The trio will share their experiences in an event at Exeter...

New rental homes launched to respond to Exeter housing shortage - over 95% now let

A new collection of 25 two-, three- and four-bedroom private rental houses, Bayley Place, has been launched in Exeter in response to the urgent, rising demand for rental housing in the city.

Specialist build-to-rent company, Adler Estates, has already received huge interest in the energy efficient, new build homes, with over 95% now let and just one home now remains available.

Located at Tithebarn near Exeter Science Park, with excellent transport links to the city, close to the M5 and A30, these new high specification, sustainable homes are a rarity in the city and...

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