Future of John Lewis’ Exeter store undecided following first-ever annual loss
Mar27

Future of John Lewis’ Exeter store undecided following first-ever annual loss

Along with the majority of high street retailers, large and small, even the UK’s largest employee-owned business, the John Lewis Partnership – which also runs Waitrose supermarkets – recorded a loss before tax of £517m for the year ended 31st January, 2021, compared to a profit before tax of £146m in the previous year. This is the first loss ever recorded in the retail giant’s trading history. In the company’s recently declared...

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Local councils offer more grants for more businesses
Mar26

Local councils offer more grants for more businesses

Local changes to COVID-19 business grant criteria and a new initiative to refund the cost of business licences could help plough funds back into the hands of business owners across the South Hams and West Devon. More local businesses can now access more money thanks to three changes to the way South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council are allocating COVID Business Grant funds from the Government. Lower claims...

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Visit Devon Awards announced for 2020/2021
Mar25

Visit Devon Awards announced for 2020/2021

Although tourists haven’t been able to visit our beautiful county for nearly a year now, the annual Visit Devon Awards for tourism are eagerly anticipated by all those in the hospitality industry. An award by Visit Devon speaks of hard work recognised and rewarded, and the highest quality service provided by staff and teams in those venues. The family–led team at Harford Bridge Park were delighted to be awarded a Visit Devon 2020...

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The Big Picture by Mary Heard
Mar23

The Big Picture by Mary Heard

‘There is so much in the natural world around us in this beautiful part of the country to be appreciative of. We have the most stunning scenery; the colours this time of year are amazing, as is the beauty of newly emerging flora and fauna in the spring. I am never happier than being armed with my camera, glimpsing something fleeting and having the chance to capture that moment. It very rarely goes right, but if it does, that moment is...

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Major boost for Devon as Plymouth named as a Freeport
Mar22

Major boost for Devon as Plymouth named as a Freeport

Plymouth has been announced as one of eight Freeport locations across England. In a Budget speech Chancellor Rishi Sunak said Freeports were designed to help the UK respond to the ‘extraordinary economic situation’ arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Plymouth and South Devon’ has been selected as a Freeport alongside locations in Liverpool, Essex, the Solent, East Midlands, Felixstowe, Humber and Teesside. The introduction of...

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