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The future of the Thomas Cook branch in Exmouth is still uncertain – however, rival Hays Travel says it has agreed to buy all the defunct travel company’s shops. It will re-open shops, but only if they complement its current offer. The company has an existing outlet in Exmouth. Staff at Thomas Cook’s Exeter Road store were told not to go into work on September 23 after last-ditch attempts to save the business failed. Now that we are able to re-open the shops, we are looking forward to welcoming many more people who share our passion for the travel industry,…

A No Deal Brexit would be as bad for Devon as the Foot and Mouth crisis, the Government has been told. The warning has been made in a letter from the Heart of the South West Joint Committee and the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) sent to Michael Gove. It tells the No Deal Brexit minister that, without comprehensive mitigation in place, the region will suffer significant business closures and there will be a fundamental impact on Devon and Somerset. The Heart of the South West Joint Committee and the Heart of the South West LEP…

Restaurant and takeaway owners across East Devon are being urged to review security at their home addresses and to vary their routines. Police have issued an urgent warning after homes of food business owners and managers were targeted by burglars. This type of crime tends to be committed by criminals who move from one area to the next – Police Cash and jewellery was stolen in a number of incidents in the 24 hour period leading up to yesterday morning. A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said:  “Within the last 24 hours homes in Devon and Cornwall, belonging to…

Arts and crafts superstore chain Hobbycraft is set to open a store at Rydon Lane Retail Park in Exeter. Plans have been submitted by the owners of the Rydon Lane Retail Park which would enable the sale of arts and crafts items to take place from Unit 6, currently occupied by Carpetright. The current use of the premises is restricted to the sale of bulky goods, and goods and services for the construction, repair, maintenance and improvements of home, garden and motor vehicles. This application, submitted to Exeter City Council, seeks to amend the goods condition, so as to allow…

The re-branding of ‘Visit Sidmouth’, carried out on behalf of Sidmouth Town Council, will be unveiled to business leaders at a breakfast meeting next Wednesday. Councillor Louise Thompson will be joined by Jessica, of Voyage Marketing, to give a presentation to members of Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce at an 8am open breakfast meeting on October 9. Richard Eley and Sally Mynard from the chamber were invited to the town council offices last week to find out more about the project. The chamber’s recent Classic Car Show was a great success, held in partnership with the Crash Box Club. Tribute to…

Driving forces behind plans to bring electric vehicle charging points to East Devon’s public car parks are ‘mystified’ the move is being used to justify controversial price hikes.  The district council is proposing a 50 per cent increase at its busiest sites – and making free facilities pay-and-display – to net an extra £400,000 a year. Among reasons for the move, officers say ‘significant investment’ is needed to cater for more environmentally-friendly motors. The unintended consequence of further threatening the high street…and hitting people’s pockets so hard…is an excessively blunt tool for influencing people’s travel behaviour…EDDC could have to fork…

Independent businesses in Seaton are encouraging local shoppers to come back into the town centre for the national Totally Locally Fiver Fest.  They have signed up the economy-boosting initiative to show off all the positive things that their town centre has to offer. We’re joining in with the Totally Locally Fiver Fest to introduce some great bargains for local shoppers, but also to showcase the town and the great shops and businesses we have here, and show how important independent High Streets are to our communities and towns – Marc Smith More than 40 other towns across the country will…

East Devon District Council is encouraging small businesses to prepare for Brexit and make use of the resources available. It says, the Cabinet Office-led Get Ready for Brexit public campaign is now in full swing. A recent Bank of England Agent’s survey has suggested that almost two-thirds of businesses report being ‘as ready as they can be’ for a no-deal Brexit. Many people are unclear about what resources exist to help businesses prepare for Brexit, especially across our small and micro business sectors – Cllr Ben Inghan The council says it is unclear whether smaller businesses are up to speed…

East Devon’s free car parks will become pay-and-display and charges at busy spots will rocket by 50 per cent under changes proposed by the district council. The authority could raise an extra £400,000 a year by hiking costs at its most popular facilities and targeting those where motorists can currently stop off for nothing. Evening and overnight stay levies will also be imposed at sites where there is presently no cost for drivers at these times. We are under increasing pressure to review our activities and move to a position where we are managing all of our car parking assets…

Honiton’s newest bar was put through its paces last night – at a private party held to thank the owners’ friends and family for their unstinting support. Bruv’s Bar, in High Street, will open at 7pm tonight (Friday, September 20). The first 50 people through the door will get a free Sourz Shot drink. The Hagon family hosted last night’s event to ‘celebrate everyone’s hard work over the last few months’. In a statement to East Devon News.co.uk, they said: “We’re really excited to open to everyone for our launch party tonight at 7pm.” Laced DJs, who for years had…

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