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Skills bootcamps set to enhance employment opportunities in the region

The Heart of the South West LEP (HotSW LEP), Digital Skills Partnership , has launched ten free Digital and Technical bootcamps, providing people in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay with the opportunity to access free training worth up to £3,000.

The Government-funded #Train4Tomorrow bootcamps will help adults develop digital and technical skills that lead to higher-paid roles...

Have you checked you thatch roof is safe?

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service remind you to make sure your chimneys are safe and clean as possible, especially if you own a thatched property. Last year the fire service attended a total of 26 thatched fires of these, 23 were chimney fires and three were thatch roof fires.

According to English Heritage the number of thatched properties listed in Devon and Somerset is 5...

Bid for more powers to boost prosperity submitted

Council chiefs and business leaders say they want a ‘devolution revolution’ to boost prosperity in Devon and Somerset.

They have agreed to submit a prospectus to Government that would result in higher productivity and better-paid jobs, improved road, rail and broadband links and more homes for the region’s growing population.

There would be radical reforms to integrate health...

Mount Wise residents praised after massive fire

Fire officers have praised the actions of people affected by the large fire in Clowance Street, Plymouth, last night (3 June).

More than twenty homes had to be evacuated as the fire spread across the block of flats driven by high winds but no one was hurt.

Group Manager Paul Bray, of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “The residents were given early warning...

£45m funding unlocked for superfast broadband

Connecting Devon and Somerset has confirmed extra funding has been raised for its superfast broadband programme, bringing the total to around £45 million.

Previously the programme had secured £38 million after local contributions were matched with Government funding.

The final contribution came from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which has been...

Discover fresh property ideas at the SW Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show

The South-West Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is increasing its appeal to customers by bringing together for the first time in Somerset at the Bath & West Showground (22-23 November 2014) home improvement features alongside professional guidance, innovative products and insightful tips on building a house from scratch....

£38m for superfast broadband improvements

Connecting Devon and Somerset has confirmed that an additional £38 million will be invested in improving superfast broadband coverage across the region. This funding will be spent on increasing coverage to 95% of homes and businesses by 2017.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth for Devon County Council, said: “We are delighted to announce that Connecting...

New home – New baby for Somerset couple with ‘Help to buy’ scheme

Husband and wife Anthony and Katey Pimblett celebrate the birth of their baby daughter Lauren at their new home purchased under the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme at Fern Green based in Langport. The Somerset development built by award-winning independent builders C G Fry & Son has to-date sold five of its 30 private houses under this scheme.

The *‘Help to Buy’ Equity Loan scheme (*see Notes...

Brothers keep it in the family at new development

Two brothers are now seeing a lot more of each other following individual purchase of new homes at the award-winning development built by Dorchester-based C G Fry & Son Limited at Balidon Place in Yeovil.

David and Angela Randall bought their deluxe two-bed apartment in the re-constructed Balidon House, formerly Yeovil Maternity Hospital located in the desirable West Coker Road 12...

Happy couple move into ‘cracking’ new home in record time

Husband and wife, Mal and Chrissy Sawdy relocating from Queensland, Australia, have finally found their dream house, located at Balidon Place, Yeovil. The Ex-pats completed all legal requirements and even arranged new carpeting throughout the new four-bed detached property before moving in within just eight working days from the first viewing in time to celebrate Christmas in their new home...

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