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...

Local Levy grant success for Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan

Authored by Mary

On Thursday 9 January 2020, East Devon District Council’s Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan (BMP) scheme came one step closer to being fully funded, when the South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (SWRFCC) agreed to grant the BMP £500,000 to help bridge the effective funding gap of £1.5million.

Depending on the level of contributions from other potential sources that...

Bruton Knowles Celebrates Five Years of Growth in Plymouth

Authored by Kathryn Webster

National property consultancy, Bruton Knowles, is celebrating its 5th year anniversary of the opening of its Plymouth office and is set to instigate plans for further growth in 2019.

The firm, which has 12 branches across the UK, opened an office in Plymouth as part of its expansion into the South West region. Since launching five years ago, it has already proved a success, seeing...

New café to champion Devon produce

Authored by Mary

On Saturday 30th April, children’s favourite Elmer will be at Waterstones on New George Street as the bookshop launches its new café with a day of magic and face-painting family fun.

With six years of bookselling experience and eighteen years in the hospitality industry, Waterstones Bookshop Manager Lee Auburn is relishing the opportunity to marry his twin passions for food and books...

On #GivingTuesday #GiveMoreLocally

Authored by LauraHew

We should give more locally, is the overwhelming response to #GivingTuesday from supporters of local charity Devon Community Foundation.

On December 1st people are taking a break from the Christmas consumer frenzy to donate their time, money or voice to support a good cause. Devon CF is among 1,300 charities and businesses across the UK backing #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving...

Plymouth veterans win top award

Authored by LauraHew

Devon Community Foundation hosted its annual Volunteer of the Year Awards sponsored by Quilter Cheviot last week, honouring the hard work and achievements of the many volunteers making a real difference in our Devon communities.

Battling On were awarded the Sir Eric Dancer Thriving Communities Award for a local community group which most demonstrates the qualities of thriving...

Trust defends Devon species from American invader

Authored by Paigntonzoo

A Devon conservation charity is coming to the aid of a native species under threat from its bolder American cousins.

The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, based at Paignton Zoo, has teamed up with the Environment Agency and Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust to help the white-clawed crayfish.

The white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) is one of the...

Good Food Market

The market showcases some of the best local food and drink in the South West.

The market takes place between 10am and 3pm on The Green, Royal William Yard, Plymouth and will take place on the first Sunday of the month.

The Good Food Markets have been a huge success, with over 30 stall holders from Devon and Cornwall in attendance, including River Cottage, Thom Hunt from Channel 4’s Three Hungry Boys, the Red Earth Kitchen, and Cornish Orchards, with many stalls regularly selling out of produce.

People visiting the market in the ex-Naval Victualling Yard can travel...

First Plymouth Food Expo a "shop window" for local produce

Authored by Matthew Vizard

Local food producers and buyers flocked to the first ever Food Plymouth Expo on 27 March, at the Guildhall, which hosted over 60 food producers and support organisations including; fresh fish, meat, pasties, fruit and veg, along with a range of other innovative and tasty local food products. It was attended by local restaurants and hotels, along with other key food buyers from within the city...

Police mount large operation for 'Devon Derby'

Authored by Matthew Vizard

Approximately 160 officers, including mounted officers from Avon and Somerset and South Wales Police, were deployed in a police operation aimed at ensuring Saturday lunchtime's 'Devon Derby' football match between Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City passed off with the minimum of trouble.

In a statement, Devon and Cornwall Police report that the fixture "passed largely without incident...


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