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The Director’s Take – 21/09/2020

By September 21, 2020January 26th, 2021The Director's Take

This week’s Directors Take from Julie Hawker, Chamber board director and joint chief executive of Cosmic.

Business urged to prepare for NHS Covid 19 app
With the app launching this Thursday, businesses and organisations which are open to the public should create and display a QR code, so that customers can easily check in using their smart phones. 

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Kickstart Grant Funding scheme reopened for Tourism sector – from 12pm today
Kickstart Grant will re-open for a second round, for Visitor Economy (Tourism Sector) only. The application window opens on Monday 21 September at 12.00pm midday.
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Exciting plans revealed for Indigo Hotel at former House of Fraser outlet
Local firm Prydis has secured a franchise deal with Intercontinental Hotels Group, we will hear straight from Prydis managing director Joe Priday on their vision for the 70,000 square foot building.  Register here

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​'Significant changes' made to vision for Cranbrook town centre
Vital talks over the future of Cranbrook town centre have been postponed after a consortium of developers made ‘significant changes’ to plans. The community at Cranbrook had been expecting a supermarket, new shops, town square, skate park, nursery and emergency services hub. 

Julie said: “Local high streets have become more important than ever: Exeter Chamber would urge planners to do all in their capabilities to ensure the community at Cranbrook is able to shop, socialise and have access to important services as soon as is possible.” 

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UK plans to bring forward ban on fossil fuel vehicles to 2030
Announcement expected in autumn to help trigger green economic recovery from Covid-19. Exeter Chamber’s Marsh Barton Forum is due to meet on 22 October to hear from local car dealerships and Co-charge on access to electric vehicles and charging in Greater Exeter. More detail on the event will be available on the Chamber website soon.

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Exeter RAMM reveals its Lockdown Legends
Exeter RAMM has announced its Lockdown Legends exhibition, showcasing the stories of local people who have shown particular kindness, courage, humanity or ingenuity during the COVID-19 crisis.  With exhibitions taking place over September and October, at locations including Exeter’s Historical Guildhall, Exeter Library, Barnstaple Library and Princesshay.

Julie said: “I am certainly hoping to pay a visit, and celebrate the people that have made a difference to our communities during the crisis.” 

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