Ilfracombe News

Kind Carers From Pinehurst Scoop Award

Workers at an Ilfracombe care home have scooped an award for their hard work and dedication during the coronavirus outbreak. Staff at Pinehurst Care Home on Chambercombe Park Road were thrilled to receive the most nominations in a competition to find ‘Care Home Heroes’.Members of staff at the 23-bed care home won pamper sets and gift vouchers for ‘going above and beyond the call of duty since the outbreak of Covid-19’ in the contest, which was organised by local food wholesaler Savona Foodservice.Julie Farrell, who is the manager of Pinehurst Care Home, said: “As all care staff know, it is wonderful to be recognised and appreciated for the hard work we do, so winning the most nominations out of more than 30 care homes means Local News – The Ilfracombe Magazine…

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Businesses urged to claim £10,000 grant

Small businesses across North Devon are being urged to check their eligibility for the government’s coronavirus support grants. The £10,000 grants areto support the many small businesses which pay little or no business rates due to receiving small busi- ness rate relief (SBRR) or rural rate relief (RRR). A £25,000 grant is also available to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000. So far, two thirds of the eligible businessesin North Devon have applied and North Devon Council has paid out almost £25 million to 2,114 local businesses. In total 2,500 businesses have submitted forms but around 1,500 are still yet to apply. Leader of North Devon Council Cllr David Worden says: “We’re concerned that some businesses don’t think they are eligible or that this is some sort of loan that they’ll have to pay back, but that’s not the case; this is a grant that does not have to be repaid. These grants provide a life-line to local businesses so it’s concerning that a third haven’t yet applied. We’ll be making a concerted effort to contact them all over the next couple of weeks to ensure that these busi- nesses receive…