South West

Stagecoach celebrates SW Falcon carrying 150,000th passenger

Stagecoach has announced that, on Friday 6 January, the South West Falcon carried its 150,000th passenger - less than a year since the launch of the 24/7 coach service.

To celebrate this milestone, passengers boarding the 1400 departure at Plymouth Coach Station were surprised by the Stagecoach team and given free travel and chocolates. One lucky passenger, Chris Stafford, was...

Europe key market despite Brexit, say SW business owners

More than 70 per cent of region's exporters looking to Europe to fund growth, according to Thomas Westcott survey

Despite the looming prospect of Brexit the overwhelming majority of businesses in the South West looking to export are eyeing Europe as part of their 2017 expansion plans.

That's one of the headline findings of a far-reaching survey into South West businesses'...

Business confidence surges in SW

Business confidence has increased in the South West but economic uncertainty remains the biggest threat to firms, according to the latest Business in Britain report from Lloyds Bank.

The report’s confidence index - an average of respondents’ expected sales, orders and profits over the next six months – increased to 17 per cent, up from four per cent, the survey’s score in September...

Need some home inspiration? TV's George could help

If you're planning to renovate your home but are lacking inspiration, why not ask TV architect George Clark to help you out?!

George has a new Channel 4 programme which focuses on transforming ugly properties into beautiful, contemporary homes.

And he is looking for Devon residents to take part.

After making three successful series of Build A New Life for Five from 2003...

SW ambulance ranked top nationally for health research

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is the top ambulance service in England for running the most clinical research studies to inform and improve patient care and treatments in the future.

One hundred per cent of all the NHS Trusts in England are offering the opportunity to participate in health research to patients according to a league table published today by the...

SW construction market slowing post EU vote

The majority of UK construction sectors are experiencing a slowdown in growth, as Brexit uncertainty continues to cause concern, according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Construction Market Survey.

While 26% more chartered surveyors reported that construction workloads in the UK had risen, rather than fallen this quarter, this is a significant slowdown on...

The Ramblers inspires people in SW to Walk About

The Ramblers is reminding people in the South West to step out for Walk About this September - its biggest ever free nationwide walking event, offering a walk to suit everyone.

The festival takes place from Saturday 3 September until Sunday 11 September. With over a thousand walks all over Britain, and 150 in the South West, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – from a short stroll...

Cinema one of the most popular activities for SW families

Ahead of all the great family films coming to screens this summer, Vue Entertainment asked the public about their perfect day out with the family.

Unsurprisingly some of the nation’s favourite activities include a day at the beach and the park with their loved ones.

However, 60% of parents in the South West would choose a trip to the cinema with their family over going to the...

Check before you travel by rail this weekend

Passengers travelling through South Wales and the South West over the August bank holiday are being advised to check before they travel as Network Rail carries out essential work to install part of a new signalling system for the Bristol area.

The new system is an important part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers. It...

Brexit having 'negligible effect' on housing market

House price growth remained resilient in July although key indicators covering, agreed sales and new instructions all remained negative in the South West, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey.

The UK house price growth indicator posted the softest survey reading in three years in July. Just 5% more respondents nationally saw a rise rather than fall in prices, a...