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Cofton Holidays invests £200k in electric on-site vehicles

Multi award-winning Cofton Holidays, located near Dawlish, has boosted its environmental credentials following a £200,000 investment in 11 electric vehicles for its housekeeping and maintenance teams. The move follows on from a string of sustainability initiatives that have been implemented by the family-run holiday park, including the installation of 24 public electric vehicle (EV) charging points to meet demand from increasing numbers of guests visiting with EVs. Research from HeyCar shows that EV registrations in the UK were 76.3% higher in 2021 compared to 2020, and numbers of EV vehicles in the UK are only expected to rise. Four EVs are now in operation within the housekeeping team. Three vehicles have been introduced to the maintenance team. A further two EV buggies and two minivans are also in operation across the site. In keeping with their commitment to reducing environmental impact, all five of Cofton’s Directors have also switched to electric vehicles. This investment is the latest in a series of sustainable initiatives undertaken by Cofton Holidays. This includes a two-acre rewilding project, the introduction of wildlife corridors, and the installation of solar panel units on the park’s 12 luxury lodges and toilet blocks. Earlier this year, Cofton also invested £17,000 in 16 e-bikes for guests to hire. With miles of cycle paths on its doorstep, Cofton guests now have the option to explore the Exe Estuary with the power of electric, giving further reason for visitors to leave their cars behind. Available to hire from £40 per day to those aged 14 and over, the e-bikes allow guests to visit and support other local businesses, whilst helping to protect the local environment.   Chris Jeffery, Director at Cofton Holidays and a driving force behind sustainable projects at the holiday park, commented: “For us, sustainability is the future of tourism. It’s why we’re investing heavily in green initiatives. “As one of Devon’s leading holiday parks, we’re encouraging other South West businesses, and those who live in and visit our beautiful region, to become more environmentally aware. We need to practice what we preach, which is why we’re adopting electric vehicle alternatives. These not only reduce emissions on site, and lower our fuel costs, but they are quieter, which means our team can work efficiently whilst keeping noise to a minimum.” Chris continued: “Introducing EVs into our daily operations is all part of our drive towards becoming one of the country’s leading…

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Bradfords renews partnership with Exeter Chiefs

Bradfords Building Supplies has extended its partnership with the Exeter Chiefs for the 2022/2023 season, including its under-8s tag rugby festival. As a Key Club Partner, Bradfords will continue its support of the Exeter Chiefs women’s team and its player sponsorship for Chiefs and England international, Henry Slade, as well as Chiefs forward and Dutch international, Linde Van Der Velden. The Bradfords Community Cup – the major regional tag rugby festival for under-8s held at Sandy Park – continues to form an integral part of the agreement. David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, said: “Sport is a unifying influence in local communities and the Exeter Chiefs work hard to promote access to participation in rugby across different age and social groups. As a family business that’s passionate about supporting the communities we serve, partnering with a Club that does so much to encourage access to sport – including at a grassroots level – has been a natural fit.” Paul Malloy, Head of Marketing at Bradfords, added: “The support we receive from the Exeter Chiefs players we sponsor when it comes to our own campaigns has been highly valued. For example, Henry Slade’s involvement in our recent Men’s Health Week campaign to encourage people to check in on their friends really helped to drive awareness of this important issue. For us, our involvement with the Exeter Chiefs has been a genuine partnership on many levels.” Tony Rowe OBE, CEO and Chairman of Exeter Rugby Club, said: “We are delighted to have Bradfords Building Supplies as one of our key club partners moving into the 2022/23 season. This is a relationship that is now several years in the making and it continues to deliver for both parties, both on and off the field. “Not only do Bradfords have a big visual input in terms of sponsorship with our successful Men’s and Women’s teams, but with sponsorship of two of our international stars, as well as investing heavily into our community links with the Bradfords Community Cup, which brings together rugby-loving youngsters from across the region, it really is a winning partnership that offers so much.” Bradfords Building Supplies has more than 40 branches across the South West, including Exeter, serving the trades, home renovators and DIYers. The Exeter Daily …