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New leisure centre for Exeter

Exeter bus station will be the home of a new £20 million pound leisure complex that will include the city's new swimming pool.

Plans are underway to relocate the station to a new, more compact location at Belgrave road. It comes as the current bus station celebrates its 50th birthday next week, with a number of its employers working in the bus industry for decades.

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New order for Appledore Shipyard

Appledore Shipyard Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Appledore shipyard, owned by Babcock, has won an order for a third Offshore Patrol Vessel for the Irish Navy.

The yard on the North Devon coast has just completed LÈ Samuel Beckett and is currently working on LÈ James Joyce due in 2015 with the third vessel expected in 2016.

The deal is great news for the workforce and is thought to be worth an additional £43M to the yard.

Samuel Beckett was built at Appledore Credit: ITV News West Country
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2014 West of England Business of the Year

The finalists of the 2014 ‘West of England Business of the Year ’ have been announced. The winners will be declared at the awards ceremony on 9 July being held in Bristol, which will be hosted by ITV West Country's Ian Axton.

The finalists in the over £25m categories are:

  • Bott Limited, from Bude, Cornwall.
  • E.W.Beard Limited (trading as Beard),Swindon
  • Good Energy Plc, Chippenham
  • Loungers Limited, based in Bristol
  • Pendennis Shipyard Limited, Falmouth
  • Vi-Spring Limited, based in Plymouth
  • Smaller business category (less than £25million)
  • ADEY Professional Heating Solutions, Cheltenham
  • Aero Stanrew Limited, in Barnstaple
  • Gro Group International (trading as the Gro Company), based in Ashburton
  • Mubaloo Limted, based in Bristol

“This is my first year hosting these awards as regional chairman for PwC and I am very much looking forward to getting to know the finalists, celebrating their successes with the wider West region business community.

“The independent panel judges, are looking for the best in class businesses from the West that are exceptional in all areas of their operation.”

– Matthew Hammond, PwC’s West region chairman

The 2014 West of England Business of the Year Awards are partnered with ITV Westcountry and Beacon South West and are proudly supporting the AT-Bristol Science Charity.

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West Somerset Railway will not be sold

Somerset County Council are shelving plans to sell the West Somerset Railway.

Two proposals were submitted a week ago to buy the tourist attraction by local groups, but the neither will be taken forward.

Councillors say their priority is to ensure the continued operation of the popular attraction.

Our priority throughout this proposal has been to safeguard the future of a much-loved railway. In the end it all comes down to the simple fact that neither proposal fully met our criteria.

– John Osman, Council Leader

The West Somerset Railway is extremely important to Somerset, attracting thousands of visitors to the area and contributing greatly to the local economy. It’s important that the railway continues to operate as normal, and we’re committed to making sure that happens.

– Cllr David Hall, Cabinet member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy

Employment Minister says latest figures are positive

Latest job figures out today show that the south west has recorded the biggest fall in unemployment of any region, and now has the lowest rate.

Employment Minister Esther McVey MP says this is very positive for the South West.

The current figure stands at 4.9 per cent, compared with the national average of 6.8 per cent. The jobless total fell by forty one thousand in the first three months of the year, a drop of one point six per cent.

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