Government aims to boost mobile connectivity in rural areas
May01

Government aims to boost mobile connectivity in rural areas

In a statement issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Government is proposing law changes in an ongoing effort to improve connectivity for people who live, work and travel in rural areas. The reforms will remove one of the biggest barriers to better mobile telephone coverage in the countryside by reducing build time and costs for new infrastructure while protecting rural areas, thus minimising any...

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Ashburton postmaster launches fund to extend town’s library
Apr30

Ashburton postmaster launches fund to extend town’s library

Ashburton Postmaster Stuart Rogers in the Community Library © Chris Saville Postmaster Stuart Rogers, together with his wife Jackie, recently celebrated eight years to the day since taking over Ashburton Post Office on 30th April, 2013. To celebrate their eighth anniversary the community-driven couple have launched an ambitious plan and a series of fund raising initiatives to extend the town’s library which is sited within the Post...

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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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Two hourly service – seven days a week – to commence from this autumn
Mar19

Two hourly service – seven days a week – to commence from this autumn

Communities and passengers in Devon are to benefit from the reopening of the railway between Okehampton and Exeter as a result of the Government’s ‘Restoring your Railway’ initiative, the first to be delivered under the scheme. Following confirmation of government £40 million funding, services are expected to restart later this year on the 14-mile stretch of railway, known as the Dartmoor Line, for the first time in almost 50 years,...

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