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Loganair and Blue Islands partnership to connect UK regions

Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, and Blue Islands, the growing Channel Islands-based airline, have formed an extensive partnership to offer their customers a broad new range of regional air connections across the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.  

The airlines will provide seamless connections between their flights, enabling customers to buy a single ticket to benefit from lower fares and guaranteed connections on a wide range of links between Scotland, the North East and the Isle of Man to the south coast and the Channel Islands.  

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New guidance produced for visitors to the South West

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 07/04/2020 - 1:12am

Tourism businesses, public health and local authorities from across the South of England have banded together in a broad partnership to produce guidance for visitors about COVID19.

A ‘tourist charter’ has been devised by the group, which is based on the experiences of the Isle of Wight’s recent test and trace pilot.

It gives simple advice to would-be visitors from booking ahead and reading terms and conditions, items to pack and things to avoid in light of the pandemic.

To complement this, a poster has also been produced for accommodation providers, that sets...

People welcomed back into city centre as pubs and restaurants reopen

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 8:34pm

City Council Leader Phil Bialyk has welcomed people back into the city as a number of restaurants and bars open up for the first time since ‘lockdown’.

But the Leader has urged people to be sensible and vigilant in an attempt to stop a second wave, as well as be patient, as some businesses are not ready to open.

The City Council has been at the heart of work to ensure the city centre returns to some form of normality following the pandemic.

The Council has been working with partners in the public and private sector as part of a City Centre Recovery Group which...

Only 1 in 5 Exeter residents are heading back to the pub

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 2:17pm

Pubs set to reopen on the 4th July, but will it be business as usual?

Some 80% of Exeter residents are not planning to go down the pub when they reopen next week, citing fears about social distancing and a potential second wave of the Covid-19 virus.

Pubs in Exeter have now been told that they can reopen as part of the next phase on the 4th July, alongside other hospitality businesses such as restaurants, hairdressers, and cinemas. But as one health and safety company has learned, even landlords are concerned.

Health and safety company Protecting.co.uk has found...

Devon Air Ambulance opens shops next week

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 2:13pm

As Devon Air Ambulance prepares to open their shops next week, they explain the significant changes that have been made to the way you can shop and to their donation of goods process.

The safety of everyone including shop staff, volunteers and supporters is paramount and they must be ‘Covid Secure’ before finally opening their doors.

The Government announced that to ensure the utmost safety of everyone connected to the retail outlets, including those just visiting the premises, that FIVE mandatory steps must have been followed before they can resume trading or operating...

Devon’s biggest ever community movement challenge set to launch

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:01am

Following a difficult period for many, Active Devon, Travel Devon and Devon County Council are launching a new, digitally enabled community movement challenge. Beginning 6 July and running over the summer, Let’s Move will offer Devon’s communities a chance to move more, celebrate our local communities and to win great prizes.

In overcoming these challenges and moving beyond the obstacles life throws at us, Let’s Move is also an inclusive celebration of every community across Devon, as well as how physical activity and movement can help us all, as both individuals and as...

Are Short Term Loans the Answer When You Have a Bad Credit Rating?

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 9:47am

Even if you keep track of your finances, any kind of emergency can put you in difficulty. At that time, you might need to look at options that can get you out of the deep end. If your friends or family members aren't able to give you the funds, then you will probably look into loans.

When emergency situations arise, and your credit is not the best, then you might be looking at short term or payday loans. These are pretty easy to get for people that have bad credit, and many lenders approve them quickly.

But are short term loans the right choice even if you have a bad...

5 Most Popular Destinations for Brits to Move to

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 6:13am

With around one-tenth of Brits living abroad, it can be tempting to leave rainy Britain behind for a new life. Whether you want to settle somewhere peaceful to raise a family or are in search of adventure, living abroad can be a fantastic decision.

While packing up your life and moving overseas is not easy, it could possibly be the best decision of your life! If you are considering emigrating, there are a huge number of places in the world to choose from – below, we have detailed the five most popular destinations for Brits moving abroad!

5: Ireland

If you are...

Endurance expert takes on marathon challenge

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:30pm

A scientist who has worked with runners including Eliud Kipchoge and Paula Radcliffe is preparing for his own endurance challenge – running his first sub-three-hour marathon at the age of 50.

Professor Andrew Jones , of the University of Exeter, has spent his career researching endurance exercise and advising top coaches and athletes.

His input helped the likes of Kipchoge and Radcliffe smash world records and break barriers many thought were impossible.

Asked how he – or any runner – could apply lessons from elite sport to their own training, Professor Jones...

Exeter in global top five for research on green space and public health

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 - 9:18pm

The University of Exeter has leapt into the top five institutions in the world for research output on the links between green space and public health.

Exeter is currently number four in a list of the most productive institutions globally to study how exposure to green space can improve public health, according to a review of the field in the journal Environmental Research Letters .

The review found that Exeter has published 148 research papers between 2010 and 2019. Environmental research is a priority area across the University, and in 2010, the European Centre for...

BBC sets out plans to transform its local services 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 - 7:19pm

The BBC has set out plans to transform its local services in England as it seeks to serve audiences better, respond to lessons learnt during the COVID-19 crisis and make savings to tackle its financial challenges.

BBC England, home of the BBC’s local radio stations and regional TV news, will undergo a significant reinvention.

The new vision for regional and local services includes:

  • Modernising the BBC’s regional TV centres - investing in the latest technology and introducing a new, consistent operating model for each newsroom with digital story telling at
  • ...