South West

Two thirds of SW women dream of starting own business

New research released today shows that over 63% of women living in the South West dream of starting their own business, motivated by the desire to bring more flexibility and earnings to their lives and the potential to be their own boss.

In order to have a perfect work/life balance, women in the South West believe work should be 37% and life 63% however, currently 87% of their waking...

Increase in animals needing help in the SW

Figures released today (23 March) by the RSPCA reveal that people being convicted for cruelty in many areas of the South West is on the rise, whilst the number of animals being rescued is also increasing across the region.

Courts in the South West have seen an increase in the number of people convicted for crimes relating to animal welfare, particularly in some of the larger counties....

Cities hold the key to Tech South West Success

Emerging and established tech hubs in and around cities like Exeter, Plymouth and Truro hold the key to establishing the South West as a leading global tech player, according to the first Tech South West report just released by blur Group.

Published today, the report reveals the views of regional tech leaders on how the sector can thrive in the coming decade and compete with the likes...

Business leader joins independent PCC campaign

EAST Devon retired police officer Bob Spencer has won the influential support of a top Plymouth businessman in his bid to become the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall.

Charles Howeson, an acknowledged expert on South West economic regeneration, has been openly critical of the politicisation of the role of commissioner.

Only last month he challenged the...

South West top of the jobs leaderboard

The jobs market continues to thrive in the South West, according to Manpower, the world’s workforce experts. With an Outlook of +10%, hiring intentions in the region remain well above the national average of +7%.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is based on responses from 2,100 UK employers. It asks whether employers intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their...

SW early support funding fears

Government funding for early help services in the South West is expected to be cut by 70 per cent, from £416m to £126m, between 2010 and 2020, leaving children and families without the early support that often stops their problems spiralling out of control.

The ‘Losing in the long run’ report published today by the charities Action for Children, National Children’s Bureau and The...

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation Black Tie Dinner

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) held their South West Annual Conference 2016 at The Rougemont Hotel sponsored by Amey with 75 delegates and speakers. Speakers from across the region presented at the CPD event and this was followed in the evening with a black-tie awards event with 170 guests from the construction industry with a charity raffle raising £1430....

Can you help save the world?

In the run up to Earth Hour on 19th March, WWF and People’s Postcode Lottery are asking the people from Plymouth to share their ingenious sustainable ideas for making your neighbourhood, workplace or school more environmentally friendly.

Jennifer Clements, spokesperson for WWF-UK said: “Every year Earth Hour helps to put the spotlight on the pressures facing the planet to remind us...

SW pioneers as Independent Opticians set up local forum

The Association for Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (AIO) held the first of a series of local meetings for Independent optical professionals in Bath.

Both members and non-members of AIO gathered together at Restaurant Martini to establish a local forum for Independent practitioners to discuss the issues that are foremost in their minds. The group found that there was...

House prices continue to rise in South West

New buyer enquiries across the South West rose for the eleventh month in succession in January according to the RICS UK Residential Market Survey, January 2016, with 40% more respondents seeing an increase in new buyer demand rather than a fall.

Feedback to the survey continues to suggest that demand is being boosted by a rush of buy-to-let investors looking to buy before the 3% stamp...

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