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Builders merchant launches campaign in aid of air ambulance trusts

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to launch its latest charity initiative to raise vital funds for Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and Devon Air Ambulance.

The builders merchant has pledged to donate 25p to the charities from the sale of every promotional ‘bulk bag’, which are used to...

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Protect others, protect the planet and consider C19

Authored by Mary

Plymouth based Project Plan B Director Tim Cross has long been a spokesperson on sustainable textiles solutions for the workwear and PPE markets – but C19 has amplified that passion. He is urging designers and product developers to think about products’ end of working life – with the motto ‘protect others, protect the planet.’

“Nearly 90% of UK workwear already ends up in landfill or...

Canterbury named as the best city to start a business in the UK

Authored by News Desk

StartupsGeek.com have created a study looking at the best place to start a business in the UK. The data analyses the cost over five years of starting a business, broken down into cost of salaries and office space. The research also looks into other factors including graduation retention rate, five year start-up survival rate, and average internet speed among others. Taking into account all...

Cary Arms & Spa, Peter de Savary

South West tops England for 8th year in National Tourism Awards

Authored by News Desk

The finalists for the national VisitEngland awards have been announced and the South West’s position as England’s top region for quality have been further reinforced with 13 of the 53 finalists.

Nominations for the national awards were put forward following the South West Tourism Excellence awards in Exeter Cathedral in February, following a record year for the awards with 773...

Farmers invited to virtual mental health seminar

Authored by Mary

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards are holding an online event to promote mental health and wellbeing in the farming community on Friday 31 July.

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis and increasing industry pressures mean that the region’s farmers are under pressure more than ever. This has led to increased incidents of mental illness within the industry.

To recognise this...

5 basic steps you need to create an impactful social marketing strategy

Authored by Mike Page

The secret to a perfect social media campaign for your business starts by creating the right social marketing strategy. Instagram, one of the top social media platforms, has millions of active users. When you utilise the same with the right strategy, it can attract a lot of customer attention to your business and brand as a whole. Some brands even include a plan to buy Instagram likes to...

Motivation in Lockdown: Do Not Let Your Workforce Lose Morale

Authored by Mike Page

Morale is the single most important aspect of human psychology that helps us overcome seemingly impossible odds, and in times like these, no company can afford to lose team morale in the workforce. Difficult as the situation is right now, there are some useful considerations which we will discuss next in regard to keeping your employees motivated, even as the world goes through the toughest...

South Western Railway on the hunt for the UK’s favourite local businesses for the chance to win a business recovery package worth £12,000 

Authored by Mary

Local businesses have been some of the hardest hit by COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown, and as restrictions begin to ease it is important now more than ever that we all support them. South Western Railway has today launched a campaign to celebrate local businesses across the region, with three tailored business recovery packages up for grabs.

South Western Railway is asking...

Major new South West Food Hub initiative to help ensure local sourcing

Authored by HannaRawDevon

A major high-tech procurement platform being developed by the Government’s Crown Commercial Service is to be trialled in the South West and could help ensure that ingredients in many thousands of meals a day served in places like school kitchens across the region are sourced from local small businesses.

A Community Interest Company (CIC) called the South West Food Hub has been formed...

Resurgence in webcam scam fooling Plymouth “work from home” staff

Authored by News Desk

A clever online scam that’s been around for years has seen a resurgence in Plymouth in the last few weeks – because everyone’s using their webcams more.

The so-called “sextortion” scam fools staff into thinking they’ve been filmed by their own webcam while visiting adult websites.

Some choose to pay up to £1,000 in Bitcoin to prevent the videos being released.

“But...

Cost management tips we can learn from lockdown

Authored by Mike Page

Lockdown has hit small businesses hard. To stay open, most have had to change the way they work, whether it's staff working from home or changing the products and services they offer.

The change process forced on us by the coronavirus pandemic has taught us that when we need to, we can adapt quickly to survive. It’s also focused us on planning for the future and developing strategies...