More than a third of 16- to 21-year-olds in the South West are less likely to choose a university education in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic

  • At the same time, 41% of young people say they are now more likely to consider on the job learning such as an apprenticeship.
  • More than a third (38%) of young people say they are concerned about their job prospects since the onset of the pandemic.
  • Proportion of young people offered information about apprenticeships via school falls to four-year low.


Property consultants 'go back to school’

Property design and management consultants, NPS South West, based in Exeter, went ‘back to school; when they revisited their £1.4m classroom extension project at Highweek Primary & Nursery School in Newton Abbot, 12 months on. The project constructed by Interserve, was completed in summer 2016, with Hamson Barron Smith (HBS), part of the NPS Group, as design and management consultants,...

Three quarters of South West SMEs have no plan to deal with business disruption

• Disruption a universal fear for South West business owners – 98% express concern • Yet just 7% have a plan in place to address disruption • Uncertainty over government policy and regulation tops the worry list with almost half (49%) of South West business owners concerned.

A staggering 93% of South West SME business owners have no plan to help them cope with disruption, according to...

Chartered accountants announce staff appointments

Multi-award winning chartered accountants, Haines Watts South West, with two offices in North Devon and one in Cornwall, announces new appointments to their expanding team. This follows the promotion of Fiona Davey and Mel Stone to Senior Managers at the Launceston office, and newly appointed Amy Houlford as Manager for Bideford and Barnstaple.

Both Fiona and Mel have over 17 years’...