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Grain exports resume from Plymouth

This shipment consisted of 2600 tonnes of milling oats and was carried by MV Fri Lake. Credit: Wessex Grain

The first shipment of local grain to leave Plymouth in two years has been shipped to Germany.

The shipment from producers in Devon and Cornwall was organised by Wessex Grain and consisted of milling oats bound for the German market.

“There has been a good crop of oats this year and we have been exploring the best ways to serve our customers in Devon and Cornwall and ensure that they get the highest possible price. Moving the oats by ship out of Plymouth gives us access to markets outside the UK, and is much more efficient than moving it by road in the UK to one of the two mills for oats in this country.

– Simon Wilcox, MD, Wessex Grain

Open letter is sent in support of stadium campaign

Bill Beaumont, chair of the RFU, is among those who signed the open letter about Cornwall stadium Credit: PA

Business leaders in Cornwall and representatives from the world of sport are urging the local council to support plans for a stadium for the county.

They've signed an open letter to all members of Cornwall Council, urging them to back an application for a supermarket, which is considered crucial for funding the development.

Among the signatories are Bill Beaumont, the Chairman of the RFU, the Grand Bard of Cornwall and the Chairman of Truro's Chairman of Commerce.

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Business leaders back stadium plans for Cornwall

Business leaders in Cornwall and representatives from the world of sport are urging the local council to support plans for a Stadium for the county.

They've signed an open letter to all members of the County Council, urging them to back an application for a supermarket which is considered crucial for funding the development. Among the signatories are Bill Beaumont, the Chairman of the RFU, the Grand Bard of Cornwall and the Chairman of Truro's Chairman of Commerce,

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Sixty jobs under threat at Chard dairy

Sixty jobs are under threat at the Dairy Crest cream potting facility at Chard in Somerset as the company starts a consultation process into plans to close the plant.

The company says it has been looking at various options to improve the economic viability of the Chard operation without success and now plans to close it in 2015 together with the Hanworth bottling dairy plant in London..

Dairy Crest plans to close Chard operation Credit: Dairy Crest

“The decisions to consult on the closure of our Hanworth and Chard sites have not been taken lightly, but they are right for the long term future of the business as a whole. We will do all we can to help employees who may be affected by these proposals.

– Chief Executive, Mark Allen,

Eden Project to take on more than 20 apprentices

The apprentices will be trained in a range of jobs including working in horticulture and hospitality Credit: ITV Westcountry

Cornwall's Eden Project unveils its biggest ever apprenticeship scheme today.

More than 20 apprentices will be taken on at the end of the month. They'll work in a variety of areas including horticulture, vehicle maintenance and hospitality.

The scheme is being run in partnership with Cornwall College and the Edge Foundation.

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September sunshine boosts tourism bookings

St Michael's Mount at Marazion in Cornwall - one of the West Country's most popular tourist attractions Credit: ITV News

The warm September sunshine is providing a late season boost to the region's tourism industry.

Some hoteliers are reporting a 30% increase in bookings compared to last year. Many in the industry are hoping the warm weather will help make up for a disappointing start to the year.

Job fears for the South West

Prospects look gloomy for the West Country's job seekers Credit: PA

Employers across every region of the country are expecting to take on more people over the next three months, except in the South West.

The figures come from the recruitment group Manpower UK.

It says heavy reliance on tourism and a jobs boom in recent years means growth in the South West has ground to a halt.

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