Business

Drug abuse at work

Unlike many parts of Britain, Devon and Cornwall are not noted for substance abuse at work. However, there has been a steady rise in alcohol consumption at lunchtimes, in some cases leading to rowdiness in the afternoon and a drop in productivity.

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West Country should be more like London?

Dawlish rail link after storm. According to the Western Morning News, studies commissioned by the South West Regional Development Agency have shown a connection between the distance from London and a “significant reduction in productivity levels”, which translates to lower levels of output from each employee. The solution: improved connectivity to the capital and beyond. […]

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Support local agriculture, says Fixer

A young Cornish ‘Fixer’ is campaigning to make people realise that farming is not all straw hats and hay bales, but actually a very unforgiving industry. …

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Umbrella companies in a financial downturn

Business Advice: Umbrella companies can help business owners by managing their paperwork and accounts, and are very important during financial downturns. …

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Is Western Morning News doomed?

Reuters is reporting that Daily Mail and General Trust is to sell its regional newspaper titles, including the Western Morning News and other West Country papers to a new company headed by “tabloid veteran” David Montgomery for £52.5m. …

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New President for Cornwall Chamber

A new President has been appointed at the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. Cornwall based businessman, Toby Parkins, is taking over the Presidency from Sue Hook who has held the position for the past 10 months. …

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New local farm shop opens

Brian Etherington is opening a farm shop next month at Wheal Rose near Scorrier. The family run company is inviting everyone to a celebratory Open Day on Saturday 17th November. …

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The fate of the local press

On June 17th, the Press Gazette announced: “Torquay’s Herald Express is to become a weekly newspaper from next month – with an unspecified number of editorial positions under threat” …

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George Soros invests in Flybe

George Soros, the man who famously made a billion betting against sterling remaining in the EU Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992, has resurfaced as a significant new investor in Flybe, the Exeter-based low-cost airline …

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Will Mail Group sell local press?

Editorial
In 2006, Northcliffe Media, the regional arm of the Daily Mail Group, attempted to sell off its extensive regional newspaper business. In Devon and Cornwall, Northcliffe owns almost all of the regional and local press …

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