South West

Children in the South West are spending an additional 3 hours per day in their bedrooms, pandemic

Children in the South West are spending an additional 3 hours per day in their bedrooms due to the pandemic

Research has revealed the impact that spending more time indoors has had on children in the South West.

More than half (53 percent) of parents in the region claim their children are spending more time in their bedroom than they did pre-COVID. On average, these children are spending an additional three hours in their rooms per day. More than one in ten (16 percent) parents whose...

Freemasons rise to Covid-19 challenge with donations totalling £1m and 18 million hours of volunteering

Faced with the greatest global pandemic in living memory, Freemasons came together in 2020 and donated a total of £1m as well as their time to help those in need. The donations were used to help communities in various critical areas, including foodbanks, support for unpaid carers, personal protective equipment (PPE), supplies for hospitals and hospices, support for women’s refuges, and funds...

Councils share £600K cash boost to plant trees in the heart of communities in the South west

Councils share £600K cash boost to plant trees in the heart of communities in the South West

Thousands of new trees will be planted across the South West thanks to a cash boost from the Woodland Trust.

Both Devon and Cornwall councils will benefit from the charity’s Emergency Tree Fund that aims to make up for a current lack of investment to help cash strapped local authorities break through barriers to get more trees and woods in the ground, giving more local communities...

South West names Harry Potter as the best movie adaptation of a book in celebration of World Book Day

The Harry Potter franchise has been voted the best movie adaptation of a book ever, according to new research revealed to celebrate World Book Day (March 4th).

The study, by Showcase Cinemas, shows that a third (34%) of South West film fans voted the magical movies as the greatest film adaptations of all time.

Following close behind in second place is the fantasy trilogy...

Survey reveals South West parents’ broadband battles

Four in 10 families in the South West now have more rows about their internet use than they do about what to watch on TV – as the typical house juggles NINE connected devices at once.

A national poll of 2,000 parents found three quarters have argued about the broadband as they battle to home school and work from home.

And families based in the South West estimate a quarter...

South West the only UK region to hit government target in closing its digital divide 

Exclusive data analysis by web design and development agency Rouge Media reveals the South West has made the strongest progress in closing its digital divide, exceeding official targets.

In the UK Government’s 2014 “ Digital Inclusion Strategy ”, the target was set to reduce the number of people offline by 25 percent every 2 years. And by the end of 2020, everyone who can be...

South West site manager awarded Seal of Excellence

A Redrow site manager has received the Seal of Excellence Award at the NHBC’s annual Pride in the Job Awards 2020 for the South West.

A regular winner over the years, Steve Damerell is well respected throughout the industry. Steve currently oversees Redrow’s Potters Lea development, located in Kingsteignton.

The first round of the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards sees 16,000 site...

What the new Help to Buy scheme means for first-time buyers in the South West

PROSPECTIVE first-time buyers in the South West will soon be able to apply for the government’s latest Help to Buy scheme – but it comes with a price cap.

The current Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme, which was launched by the government in 2013, gives first-time buyers and homeowners an opportunity to buy a newly built property worth up to £600,000 with just a 5% deposit.


Energy firm to recruit school age board members from the South West

An energy firm is recruiting school pupils from the South West to join its board and advise it on how to tackle climate change.

The move comes in a year that has seen young people face unprecedented uncertainty with regard to their future career prospects, with more and more young people looking to green sectors for a sustainable career.

Nearly half (46%) of young people in...

SW remains region in the UK with the highest number of horse and vehicle collisions, new statistics reveal

The South West of England reports the highest level of incidents involving horses and vehicles in the UK, with 203 incidents reported to The British Horse Society (BHS) during 2019-2020. The county of Devon reported over half of the overall incidents, with 104 incidents, 1 human fatality and 33 horse fatalities, also making it the county with the highest equine fatality rate in the UK....