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Axminster’s former department store has been sold and will be turned into modern retail space to encourage shoppers to the town. The sale of Trinity House was confirmed this week by Axminster Property, who handled the purchase and will be responsible for building’s future. The plan is to sub-divide the now-empty large department shop floor into three retail units which can be used by a variety of businesses. Work will start very soon on a facelift for this classic building that we sincerely hope will form a new centre of excellence in retailing… Axminster Property, who will manage the building…

Final approval for 440 new homes for Exeter across two separate sites was granted by planners on Monday night. Exeter City Council’s planning committee backed officer recommendations to approve the details of 380 new homes to be built on the site of the former Pinhoe Quarry, at Harrington Lane, and a further 60 homes on the site of the former St Luke’s School, off Ringswell Avenue. Outline permission for the two schemes had already been granted, and on Monday night, January 13, matters of detail and design were agreed. FORMER PINHOE QUARRY Outline permission had previously been approved for the…

A lifesaving defibrillator has been donated to disabled adults from Exmouth by an East Devon business championing a cardiac arrest awareness charity. Staff at Greendale Farm Shop, on the Sidmouth Road, near Farringdon, presented a defibrillator to Exmouth Gateway Club, a friendship group for adults with learning disabilities, to highlight the work of Jays Aim, a charity raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in the young. The lifesaving equipment will be carried on Exmouth Gateway Club’s minibus, which the group uses to transport its football team to matches, and for group residential trips. After finding out about the Exmouth Tiger…

A licensed café and bistro 50 yards from Budleigh Salterton beach has gone on the market for £475,000. Estate agent Stonesmith said the freehold sale of A Slice of Lyme, in Rolle Road, includes a two-bedroom owner’s apartment and garage. Inside the café and bistro there are two customer areas to seat 34 people, an ice cream and takeaway hatch, a fully-equipped commercial catering kitchen, and loos. The first floor has private living accommodation with two bedrooms, a sitting room and family bathroom. Outside there is a single garage with storage space. The estate agent said the business is sited…

A low energy high design seafront development in Seaton has won double recognition in the International Property Awards. The property has been named Best Apartment Devon for its penthouse and Best Sustainable Residential Development in the UK. It is the first multi-block development in the UK to be certified as Passivhaus Plus. Mike Webb, Seaton Beach managing director, said: “To be recognised by our industry peers for our Passivhaus apartment block is a great honour.  “Not many UK developers build to this standard from Germany – now over 30 years old and globally recognised. “We could have taken the traditional…

The Jurassic Coast Trust is hosting a free event for businesses entitled ‘Jurassic January’. Expert speakers from the world of tourism and business will be at the January 28 event and will focus on sustainability. The event is being held at the RNLI College in Poole. Speakers will pass on ideas and share experiences with the intention of inspiring businesses to become more sustainable in their operations. Peter Moore, Project Manager for Giant’s Causeway National Trust, will talk about balancing tourism and conservation, and the parallels between Giant’s Causeway and the Jurassic Coast. Peter will be joined by Gwyn Jones…

One lucky winner will get a business boost of six months’ free membership to the The Lighthouse Sidmouth. The prize is being offered as part of he community interest company’s first birthday celebrations. The winner will be able to separate work from home, with access to the shared workspace in Mill Street up to two days a week. In addition, they will be able to attend all Lighthouse events and monthly masterclasses free of charge. The Lighthouse Sidmouth was set up by two local entrepreneurs, Cathy Debenham and Louise Thompson. It will reach the one-year milestone on January 6. Cathy…

Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce has released information about key dates for members in the first quarter of 2020. They start with an open breakfast, traditionally staged on the second Wednesday of each month.  The next breakfast is taking place on January 8 at The Hotel Elizabeth. The venue is for one month only  – while the Kingswood is closed. This month’s theme is ‘Food for Thought’ and there is no speaker – to give everyone a longer opportunity to chat and network. A short time will be devoted to a discussion on chamber issues and ideas. The chamber’s AGM will…

Businesses from East Devon have welcomed some otterly adorable new arrivals born at Dartmoor Zoo. The Ottery Brewery, at Luppitt, near Honiton, and Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants, with offices in East Devon and Exeter, were invited to name two of the four otter pups born at the zoo in October after they donated funds to back the babies’ new home. The Otter Brewery has named its baby otter Tarka, after its premium lager. Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants will announce the name of its otter shortly. Local businesses can still sponsor and name a pup, with funds helping to build the…

Truckloads of leftover carrots and parsnips have been donated to The Donkey Sanctuary by a supermarket giant. The sacks of vegetables were given by Marks & Spencer, at Exe Bridges, Exeter, for the hundreds of donkeys and mules cared for by the Sidmouth-based sanctuary. I couldn’t bear the thought of throwing all the veg away…The carrots and parsnips were near their sell-by date and at risk of going to waste if an alternative use for them could not be found. The vegetables have been shared among the sanctuary’s farms in Sidmouth and at Town Barton, in Tedburn St Mary. The…

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