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Minute's silence for Tunisia dead

Authored by George Dawson

A national silence of one minute will be held today at 12pm in a mark of respect who lost their lives in the Tunisia beach attack.

The bodies of 17 of the 30 British victims have been returned to the UK and more are expected to be repatriated on today and tomorrow.

They were among the 38 holidaymakers who were killed by Seifeddine Rezgui when he opened fire in the resort of...

Nominations open for Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards

Authored by News Desk

Nominations for this year’s Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards are open, giving everyone the chance to celebrate the UK’s unsung young heroes.

Now in its eleventh year, this annual event – sponsored by Canon - rewards selfless acts by young people, and groups, aged 25 or under, with awards in four categories: community action, first aid, fundraising and volunteering.


RHI funded Heat Pump Solutions full-day workshop

Authored by Glen King

The theme of the high-profile event was the introduction of renewable heating in off gas areas to reduce tenant fuel bills and lower carbon emissions in social housing stock. The event had full attendance, attracting over 50 delegates from across the South West, and beyond, including Social Housing Associations, architects and leading members of the construction industry.


Majority fail to check flood risk levels

Authored by Mary

As we approach the anniversary of the June 2007 summer floods, people in Britain are still not checking the flood risk of their homes, in spite of increased incidents of flooding in recent years. 67% of respondents to a new YouGov survey, which was commissioned by the Know Your Flood Risk Campaign, reports that they had never checked the flood risk level of their home.

Those in the...

New coastal teams to help local economies thrive

Authored by News Desk

Seaside communities are being urged to create dedicated Coastal Community Teams to drive forward economic regeneration and a long-term vision, by new Coastal Communities Minister Mark Francois today (16 June 2015).

The government is providing over £1 million to set up 110 Coastal Community Teams to deal with the specific economic challenges faced by seaside towns and take forward a...

Ofcom introduces clearer call charges

Authored by Mary

Millions of telephone users in the South West will benefit from clearer call charges being introduced next month by the telecoms regulator Ofcom.

From 1 July, landline and mobile charges will become clearer for calls to numbers starting 084, 087, 09 and 118, while Freephone will become free from mobiles.

People use these ‘service numbers’ every day for finding out information,...

RMT confirms strike ballot timetable

Authored by Mary

The RMT has confirmed the timetable for a ballot for both strike action and action short of a strike of all First Great Western members over the threat to jobs and safety from the introduction of the new Hitachi Inter-City trains.

At the end of May the union confirmed that it had entered into dispute with First Great Western over the introduction of Super Express Trains on their...

Local chartered accountants celebrate ‘Accountancy Firm of the Year’ Award – Again!

Authored by Glen King

Champagne corks were popping at Sully House in Clovelly Road Industrial Estate, Bideford as the partners and staff of Haines Watts North Devon LLP, celebrated the group’s national success as ‘Accountancy Firm of the Year’ – Larger Clients. The prestigious award was presented at the 2015 Financial Directors (FDs) Excellence Awards, where Haines Watts was also a close-second to winning the ‘...

RMT confirms new strike dates

Authored by News Desk

The largest rail union, RMT, has confirmed that members will be taking 24 hours of strike action from 5pm Thursday 4th June through to 4.59pm on Friday 5th June in the current dispute over pay and jobs at Network Rail with a further 48 hours of action from 5pm on Tuesday 9th June to 4.59pm on Thursday 11th June. In addition there will be action short of a strike from 00.01 Saturday 6th June to...

Bank Holiday rail strike suspended

Authored by George Dawson

The largest rail union, RMT, has suspended strike action due to take place this Bank Holiday weekend.

In a letter to members this afternoon, general secretary Mick Cash said:

"After four days of talks at conciliation service Acas between your union and Network Rail management, the company has tabled a revised offer. Your Executive Committee has considered this offer and decided...