South West

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.

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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....

Online meet-up brings together Devon adults with type 1 diabetes

Leading charity Diabetes UK is running regular online sessions for adults in Devon living with type 1 diabetes. Designed to help remove the isolation often felt by people who have the condition, each event is relaxed and informal and welcomes everyone over the age of 18.

#TheBig1, as it is known, originally launched as a one-off face-to-face event in 2018 for older teens and young...

Stagecoach South West launches new Customer Experience Centre

Stagecoach South West has recently undergone a review of their customer service, resulting in a complete overhaul of their local processes. The bus operator recognised a growing need to revamp their business for the future to meet the changing needs of their customers.

The newly established Customer Experience Team is covering enhanced hours across new channels to improve overall...

Nurturing Expertise in fertility treatment

The fertility clinic in the South West of England with the highest rate of success for IVF is consolidating its position as a regional centre of excellence by investing in the development of the next generation of fertility experts.

Five practitioners at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) are currently being supported to pursue two different higher qualifications,...

£700,000 funding boost will help SW councils support domestic abuse victims

South West councils are to receive a total of £700,000 to help them prepare for the introduction of landmark legislation that will ensure domestic abuse victims and their families get the vital help they need.

The funding was announced today by Kelly Tolhurst, the Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing.

Thousands more people are expected to be helped from April 2021 when...

Share a Smile to support South West leisure and tourism

A new campaign has been launched to encourage local people to support the South West’s leisure and tourism industry during the quieter autumn and winter months.

The accommodation and food service sector employs 271,000 people across the region, but many businesses have been hit hard by the devastating impact of lockdown, followed by the need to operate at reduced capacity and, more...

Police forces in the South West record a 45% rise in online child sex crimes

Police forces in the South West logged 487 online child sex offences during 2019/20, a 45% rise from the previous year’s figure of 334.*

Data obtained by the NSPCC reveals 10,391 crimes were recorded by all 46 forces across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for 2019/20 – this is the first time the figure has passed the 10,000 mark.

Nationally, the...

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