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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St Austell Brewery CEO believes many pubs could end up closing their doors for good without Government help – now
Mar09

St Austell Brewery CEO believes many pubs could end up closing their doors for good without Government help – now

Responding to the Government’s recent ‘roadmap out of lockdown’, the Chief Executive of St Austell Brewery in Cornwall, Kevin Georgel, welcomed the Government’s decision to provide some much-needed clarity and remove some of the restrictions that prevented pubs from being able to operate viably in the latter half of last year. This includes the 10pm curfew and the ‘substantial meal’ rule which, according to Mr Georgel were based on...

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Bid to secure £9.2 million funding for Newton Abbot submitted
Mar08

Bid to secure £9.2 million funding for Newton Abbot submitted

Following hot on the heels of the £9 million regeneration plans for Ivybridge, as revealed in the last edition of The Moorlander, another of the moor’s gateway towns is seeking to take advantage of the Government’s Future High Street Fund. Newton Abbot have re-submitted their final plans, without additional car parking at Cricketfield, in order to meet the Government’s £9.2 million grant offer. Although the Government said that the...

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Dartmoor businesses take action on single-use plastic
Feb21

Dartmoor businesses take action on single-use plastic

Graham Flight at The Globe Inn The efforts of three Chagford businesses to cut out single-use plastic have been recognised in the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) national campaign to tackle throwaway plastic at source. Astor’s Bookshop, The Globe Inn and Jaded Palates Wines have all successfully replaced single-use plastic items with reusable, recyclable or compostable alternatives. They join Chagford’s existing plastic-free champions...

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