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Could you be the person the Budleigh Hub is looking for to chair its Advisory Board? The principle role of the board is to champion the Hub for its users. Its members are Westbank (the Hub operator), the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, Social Services and the League of Friends of Budleigh Salterton Hospital. Previous board experience with knowledge of the charity sector are desirable. This is a voluntary position. If you are interested contact Chris Davis, chairman of the League of Friends of Budleigh Salterton Hospital, in the first instance at chris@chdavis.co.uk  PHOTOS &…

The festive season was in full swing in Budleigh Salterton when the winner of the best window competition was announced ahead of tomorrow’s late night shopping. The town turned Christmas central with its array of festive window displays as businesses vied to be crowned the overall competition winner. Palmer’s Funeral Care, in The High Steet, was named overall winner with its display of snowmen. The Gentlemens Room giant cracker was awarded second place and the Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s shop’s multiple Christmas tree display was awarded third place. The best dressed interior this year was awarded to Marco’s Italian Restaurant.…

Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce will welcome Julie Turner, of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, to its next open breakfast meeting. Taking place at The Kingswood Hotel at 8am on Wednesday, December 11, the guest speaker will discuss the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the Sid Valley. Julie is part of a group of like minded people who have set up a group called WHAT (Wellbeing Health Action Team). Sidmouth will stage its late night shopping event on Friday (December 6) and shops will be open until 8pm. Over 100 vehicles stopped by police in operation at Sidford

Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell has been thanked by a Budleigh Salterton barber celebrating its first award to be named a cut above the rest. Since opening eight months ago in March, The Gentlemens Room has gone from ‘strength-to-strength, attracting clients from across Exeter and East Devon, scooping its first accolade. Owner Sarah Ayres, who can count Paul Burrell – the Queen’s former footman and butler to Princess Diana – among the shop’s clients, was ‘overwhelmed’ when she learned The Gentlemens Room was named Best Local Barber 2019 by iGuy Magazine. He’s a really cracking guy, so normal and…

Devon County Council has unveiled a new employer support service which it will launch next year. The “Be Ready” Employer Service Hub will support Purple Tuesday, an international call to action aiming to change the customer experience for disabled people. Purple Tuesday is a timely reminder to local business that it is important to recognise the value of the purple pound and ensure facilities are available for disabled customers – Diana Crump, Living Options Devon The council is working in collaboration with Jobcentre Plus on the initiative as part of its commitment to improving employment and customer experience opportunities for…

You have probably heard of networking – but what about NetWalking? It is coming to Sidmouth. If you don’t like attempting to extend your network of contacts in stuffy, overheated rooms, there is a new way to boost awareness about what you do and generate leads. Life coach Claire Casely, who combines making business connections with an inspiring nature walk and learning relaxation techniques, has teamed up with local businesswoman Christine Allison to stage a NetWalking event in Sidmouth. The walk, on November 27, will be accessible to all. It will finish with refreshments at a café. Meeting at The…

Working for yourself shouldn’t mean working by yourself – especially when it comes to Christmas celebrations. That is the view of The Lighthouse, Sidmouth. It is inviting local home workers, freelancers, entrepreneurs and those running their own business to an office Christmas lunch described as ‘a cut above the usual’. “Having been self-employed since 2003, I know how lonely you can feel at Christmas,” says co-founder of The Lighthouse, Cathy Debenham. “Everyone else has stories to tell about the fun (and the horrors) of their office Christmas party. “This year there’s no need for sole workers to feel left out.…

Traders have overwhelmingly backed the continuation of a Business Improvement District (BID) in Exeter – with plenty of plans afoot to enhance the city centre. More events, extra police, free parking and new Christmas decorations could now be in the pipeline. The initiative – aimed at boosting the economy – can now run for another five years, with a vision to drive more footfall to the high street and ensure a cleaner, better-promoted and exciting offer. A vote yesterday (Friday) saw InExeter, which runs the scheme, win the backing of 255 of the businesses for it to continue. Ninety-seven voted against it. New boundaries have…

Sidmouth Town Council is pulling out all the stops to put on a dazzling display for Christmas. The town’s annual light switch-on will take place on Saturday, November 16 at 5.30pm. For its part, Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce will be running a Golden Ticket Draw. A prize of £100 is up for grabs – kindly donated by Gliddons Toyshop in Church Street. Come and hear what the chamber does and have your say – we would love to hear your thoughts – Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce Students from Sidmouth College will join the judging party for this year’s Christmas window…

A major event aimed at local suppliers who want to find out how to work with the public services is taking place in Exeter on Tuesday, October 29. Going Local 2019 event has been organised by the Devon and Cornwall Procurement Partnership and will be held at Exeter Corn Exchange from 10am to 2pm. Among those taking part are South West Police Procurement Department, Exeter City Council, Torbay Council, Devon County Council, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, and Teignbridge District Council. This event will provide suppliers with the opportunity to: Meet and get advice from a wide range…

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