6 Tips to Protect Your Small Business and Overcome the Impact of Lockdown

Authored by Sarah Parker

The Coronavirus pandemic is, first and foremost, a humanitarian crisis. Ensuring the safety of individuals is paramount in a situation that is evolving on a daily basis. Yet its effects on business must also be considered in the wake of such an unprecedented global event.

Global shares have plummeted as investors fear its economic impact. The travel industry has taken perhaps the...

Coronavirus: Trading Standards advice for hospitality industry this easter

Authored by News Desk

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards is reminding owners of guest houses, campsites and restaurants to remain closed this Easter to help combat coronavirus.

On March 23 the Government ordered hospitality businesses to close and said that people should stay at home and only essential travel is permitted.

With very few exceptions all hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels...

Prospects for industry and manufacturing in Devon in 2020

Authored by Mike Page

Although Devon is globally known for its stunning landscapes and tourist attractions, it is also home to several key manufacturing businesses that rely on the innovative nature of the counties population.

These manufacturers span across multiple specialisms including navigation, electronics, transportation and communication . With the Royal Navy also having a key site based in...

NSPCC launch furry fundraiser as it appeals for Devon businesses to support its Bear Diaries  

Authored by Mary

Businesses in Devon have the chance to recruit a furry helper and raise crucial funds for the NSPCC thanks to its new fundraising initiative.

The children’s charity is launching a unique fundraising opportunity in association with Build-a-Bear in which only a limited number of local businesses will be able to take part.

For a £50 donation, businesses can acquire a temporary...

Plymouth business celebrates apprenticeship success

Authored by Mary

With National Apprenticeship week just around the corner, it’s time to reflect on, recognise and celebrate the success stories around us.

For Iconic Opticians, this success came in the name of Sam Lewis. The story started back in February 2017 when Sam was only 16: “Leaving school was a bit daunting and I wasn’t sure what to do next. I came across apprenticeships and it sounded like...

Work starts on Enterprise Centre for northern Devon

Authored by Mary

The Enterprise Centre is the “gateway building” at Devon County Council’s emerging Business Park development at Roundswell, near Barnstaple.

The centre, which will offer high quality office and collaboration space, is expected to be completed by the end of this year (2020). It will provide tailored support for entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses that have potential...

Gold and silver for Kitley House Hotel in Devon Tourism Awards

Authored by sharon goble

Kitley House Hotel is celebrating having won Gold and Silver in the prestigious Devon Tourism Awards 2019. The four* hotel at Yealmpton, near Plymouth, was delighted to win Gold as ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ against stiff competition from other leading businesses, and also scooped Silver in the ‘Business Events Venue’ category.

Kitley House Hotel received its two sparkling Dartington...

Kitley House Hotel is 2x finalist in 2019 Devon Tourism Awards

Authored by sharon goble

2019 has been an award-winning year for Kitley House at Yealmpton and the hotel is now in the running for Gold in this year’s Devon Tourism Awards – in not one but two categories.

Following a meeting of the judging panel last week, Kitley is through to the finals in Wedding Venue of the Year and Business Events Venue of the Year. The Devon Tourism Awards are now in their 10th year and...

Raising awareness of modern-day loneliness in Plymouth

Authored by ben26rings

A new initiative is being launched in Plymouth this month to raise awareness of modern-day loneliness. Sisters Jennifer Hamer and Carolyn Campbell, who are running the campaign, are concerned about the impact loneliness can have on people’s mental health when working from home.

Carolyn Says:

“Working from home can be great for work-life balance but it can be very lonely. It can...

The changing face of brands - don't be the bad apple

Authored by redgenieuk

Brands are curious things, they consume time and effort to produce and yet for most small business their value is never tangible. From the largest multinationals to the smallest one person businesses, brands are everywhere and every person makes a decision with reference to them. What shampoo? which sandwich? where to go out? Each has its own unique message which effects each person...


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