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Visit South Devon to drive forward its Group Travel Plan for 2020

Visit South Devon is to build on the region’s recent success at the Group Leisure and Travel Awards, where Devon secured a win for ‘Best UK Destination’. Visit South Devon will implement its brand new Group Travel Plan for 2020 to continue to showcase South Devon as a key destination for groups, tour operators and coach companies. 

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Carbon Neutral Festival to engage city in developing a roadmap for change

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 11/08/2019 - 9:31am

A major festival will take place next year to engage the whole city in developing a shared roadmap for a carbon neutral Exeter.

Exeter City Futures is working alongside Exeter City Council to develop a programme of activities for the Carbon Neutral Festival.

Achieving a carbon neutral city will require the involvement of individuals, communities, businesses and organisations all working together.

New director appointed to deliver Liveable Exeter Garden City project

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:48am

Exeter City Council has appopinted a new Programme Director to deliver the Liveable Exeter Garden City project.

Richard Marsh joins Exeter City Council from Bristol City Council where he was the Head of Regeneration with oversight of key regeneration projects, including the Bristol Temple Quarter, and economic development. He will start in January.

Liveable Exeter Garden City is an ambitious plan for building 11,000 new homes for people in a unique way to improve quality of lives and reduce inequalities. 

Superfast broadband public consultation launched

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 11/07/2019 - 8:04am

A public consultation has been launched by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) ahead of undertaking a fresh procurement to find contractors to provide superfast broadband.

CDS, which is responsible for rolling out broadband across the two counties, is establishing the remaining area where there are no current or credible future plans to deliver Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband infrastructure capable of download speeds of at least 30Mbps.

Matt Woolnough

Smithers Purslow acquires Byrom Clark Roberts

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/06/2019 - 10:12pm

Exeter-based consulting engineering and surveying firm, Smithers Purslow (SP), has acquired its northern and Wales-based counterpart, Byrom Clark Roberts (BCR), increasing staff numbers to over 100 working from 10 locations across the UK.

Five employees based at SP’s office in the Basepoint Business Centre, Yeoford Way, will now work alongside colleagues in Chester, Glaston, Leeds, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Reading.

Work starts on region’s new broadband network

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/06/2019 - 5:43pm

Jurassic Fibre today announced that construction of its ultrafast fibre-to-the-premises network has begun, following the granting of Code Powers by OFCOM.

The first premises will be connected in late November, when the company starts its friendly user trial in the area between Exeter Airport, Clyst St Mary and Sowton Industrial Estate.

Richard Hills-Ingyon (left) and business partner Sargon Latching

Exeter candle shop named as a runner-up to Britain's Best Small Shop of 2019

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 11/06/2019 - 2:39pm

A small shop in Exeter that sells candles made from recycled wax has been named as a runner-up in the search to find Britain's Best Small Shop of 2019.

Exeter builders merchant's tool appeal recognised in national awards

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 11/06/2019 - 2:06pm

RGB Building Supplies has been shortlisted in the prestigious Builders' Merchants Awards for the Tools for Africa appeal it ran with Devon-based charity Amigos.

The appeal invited the local community to donate preloved tools, which Amigos arranged to be repaired and shipped to Africa. The tools will be used to provide vocational training to young people so they can help lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Thompson Jenner Financial Services welcomes trainee advisor to the team

Authored by ThompsonJenner
Posted: Tue, 11/05/2019 - 7:04pm

As part of the firm’s expansion plans to meet the demands of a growing client base, Thompson Jenner Financial Services, sister company to chartered accountants Thompson Jenner LLP, have appointed a new trainee advisor to work at the firms Exeter and Exmouth offices.

Having worked in the insurance sector for 11 years, most recently as a protection advisor, Laura Hinton has already gained considerable experience in building client relationships in a financial services environment and has achieved the CII Certificate in Insurance giving her a sound platform for her new role.

Baker Estates wins two national Housebuilder Awards

Authored by Lisa Alexander
Posted: Tue, 11/05/2019 - 4:39pm

Baker Estates has won two prestigious Housebuilder Awards in London last night seen by the industry as the leading national event of the year.

Baker Estates is one of the fastest growing companies in the area, having grown to 62 employees in three years. Based in Decoy Industrial estate, Newton Abbot, the company is currently building and selling in eight locations throughout the south west.

Businesses rate Exeter College top in the South West for FE apprenticeship employer satisfaction for second year running

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:57pm

The Department of Education has released results of its annual survey that ranks Apprenticeship providers based on business feedback and Exeter College has topped the South West table for further education colleges once again.  

This is the second year running Exeter College received the highest rating from employers across the region, within the four counties of the South West, and the third year in a row it has scored above 97.5%.