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Rural economies like East Devon have been ‘ignored’ and ‘under-rated’ for too long. Doing nothing is ‘not an option’, the House of Lords Select Committee for the Rural Economy has told the government. It is calling for the gap between urban and rural areas to be closed with a bold new vision for the countryside. The committee wants to see a rural strategy developed to reverse the impact of years of neglect. The committee has set out an action plan for the government to consider which, it says, will enable rural economies to realise their full potential. One of the…

East Devon businesses looking to drive up their digital skills are invited to attend an event being promoted by Heart of South West Growth Hub. If you want to learn how to build your online presence and grow engagement on social media, this training is for you. Being staged by Lloyds Banking Group in partnership with the Business and IP Centre Devon, Exeter City Council and Heart of South West Digital Skills Partnership, the event will focus on driving digital adoption and skills, as well as understanding the needs of small businesses and charities across the UK. Interactive and collaborative,…

Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce has unveiled a ‘ground-breaking’ new membership platform. The chamber says it is “designed to significantly increase the benefits members receive and encourage membership growth for the 200-year-old organisation”. Launching the new membership initiative, Stuart Elford, chief Executive, said: “It has been some time since the chamber had a ‘root and branch’ review of the benefits of being a member.  Alongside our extensive research, we have discussed with members and non-members the issues facing businesses today and how they feel the chamber’s future development can support them to connect, grow and succeed. “I am very…

A firm of solicitors with headquarters in Honiton has extended its reach with a new office. Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation has opened a new family law centre in Torquay. The expansion follows a number of achievements, all notched up over the past 18 months. As well as gaining the Law Society’s Lexcel practice management accreditation, the business successfully re-tendered to renew Legal Aid contracts. In the same period, the practice welcomed five new solicitors to the team and opened a new office in Weston-super-Mare. It has also worked hard to make its services more accessible online. The practice…

Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce members are being invited to attend a summer barbecue – and bring a friend. Being staged next month, the event is open to existing members, their partners and friends. As well as barbecue food, there will be a cash bar to keep everyone refreshed. The traditional summer event is taking place at Sidmouth Cricket Club from 6pm on Monday, July 15. Tickets cost £10 each and are available from Paragon Books. ______________________ More Business news

Local businesses based in or near an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) can apply for funding to support sustainable projects. There are two funding areas locally, the East Devon AONB and the Blackdown Hills AONB. The East Devon AONB Partnership has recently secured £20,000 in funding from Defra. The cash is available for distribution until March next year. Discretionary grants from the fund are intended to support individuals, groups or businesses with ideas for projects that will benefit the both the AONB and its users. Applicants do not have to be based in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but their project…

Businesses delivering adult social care in East Devon could benefit from a county-wide grants scheme to develop new services. The Creative Innovation and Growth Grants Programme offers a wide range of benefits for those helping adults with care needs in the community. With the emphasis on innovation, new services and and fresh ways of working, the programme is suitable for a wide range of eligible enterprises. As well as delivering revenue and capital grants, the programme provides free business support. If you are planning to provide additional services that take an innovative approach to adult social care, you could benefit…

From achieving a better price to to avoiding sales delays, a new auction guide sets out the benefits of selling property through auctions. Stags’ Farm Agency has produced the guide. It is written by the agency’s Julia Richardson, who is an experienced negotiator, and provides at-a-glance answers to the most common auction questions. It covers everything from the difference between guide and reserved prices, as well as information about deposits and the suitability of farms and land for auction. The online guide can be accessed by anyone and offers a no-fuss approach to furnishing property and land owners with the…

The Co-op has become the first UK retailer to issue a sterling denominated sustainability bond. In a move that has raised £300m, the retailer has moved to allocate the proceeds to exclusively support its work to promote Fairtrade. The support will extend to Fairtrade producers and their communities. Co-op, which has outlets across East Devon, including a large supermarket in Lace Walk, Honiton, says the initiative underlines its unique focus on finding better way of doing business. It says, Fairtrade delivers real benefits for members, communities and investors. Steve Murrells, CEO of the Co-op, said: “The popularity of this bond…

Less than a quarter of UK company board members are women. But not at one of the country’s leading tech companies. Ecommerce developer Comgem has an all-female board – with the exception of co-founder and technical director Paul Attard. He is outnumbered four to one. The board was restructured earlier this year to push forward ambitious growth plans. Comgem says its female board members have the necessary skills, vision and market insights to deliver the company’s objectives over the next five years. Multi award-winning Comgem has broken the mould at a time when women are largely under-represented on the boards…

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