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FoodCycle 50 Challenge launches this April

Spreading a little hap-pea-ness this spring, national food charity FoodCycle will launch its first ever challenge event on 1st April. Taking place across April, the FoodCycle 50 Challenge will see participants set a 30-day fitness target around the number 50 – from cycling 50 miles per week to a daily dose of 50 star jumps – to raise vital funds for vulnerable people across the country. Keen to be the zest in a different cardio challenge? How fundraisers clock up their fifty is up to them. From stomping the pavement for 50 minutes every morning to mastering 50 yoga poses in a month, creativity is greatly ap-peach-iated. By taking part, participants will be getting active in April while helping FoodCycle provide nutritious meals and friendly conversation to local communities.   Bringing together FoodCycle’s far-reaching network of volunteers, supporters and corporate partners, FoodCycle 50 aims to get people off their sofas and turn those lockdown frowns into banana-shaped smiles. Hoping to lift those mental health levels higher, the charity are encouraging people to up the fun-levels further by taking part dressed as their favourite fruit and vegetable. Baby might have carried a watermelon in classic film Dirty Dancing, but how about completing a cycling challenge dressed as one? Fancy completing 50 sun salutations in a pineapple suit or embarking on a sponsored stroll dressed as a giant strawberry? From sit-ups as string beans to a weekly burst of burpees by a group of beetroots, FoodCycle’s advice for a successful FoodCycle 50 Challenge is simple. Dig deep and lettuce celebrate the joy of moving while making a difference.   FoodCycle CEO Mary McGrath MBE says: ”We are thrilled to be launching our first ever challenge event this year, just in time for the promise of spring and the cautious relaxing of lockdown restrictions. We hope FoodCycle 50 not only raises vital funds to help us continue to tackle food poverty and loneliness in communities across the country, but brings a little light hearted relief and uplifting activity after a challenging year.”    For more information on FoodCycle 50 or to sign up to the challenge visit www.foodcycle.org.uk/get-involved/foodcycle50/Canonical URLhttps://www.thedevondaily.co.uk/news/health-beauty/foodcycle-50-challenge-launches-april The Exeter Daily …


Elections are coming – don’t lose your chance to vote

“Don’t lose your opportunity to vote in this year’s local elections,” people in Exeter are being reminded. People have until 19 April to make sure they are registered to vote. It takes just five minutes to apply online but if people are not on the electoral register they won’t be able to vote. That’s the message from Exeter City Council, who are organising the elections throughout the city. This year elections will be held in Exeter on Thursday 6 May. These will be for: Exeter City Council (14 seats) Devon County Council (9 seats) Police & Crime Commissioner
Once on the electoral register, people have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person at a polling station, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place (a proxy vote). The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April. John Street, Exeter’s Electoral Registration and Returning Officer, said: “Don’t lose your opportunity to vote in this year’s local elections .Those who are not on the electoral register will not be able to vote,” he added. “But if you’re not on the register, there’s still time to ensure you are and it’s a really easy process to register – it takes no more than five minutes. You can do this by visiting www.gov.uk/registertovote “ Exeter City Council will be ensuring that polling stations across the city are safe places to vote, with extra measures taken against the spread of Covid 19. “However we understand that some people – maybe more than usual –  will want to vote by post, so I would urge them to make sure this has been arranged in advance. People have until 20 April to ensure they have registered for a postal vote,” he added.    Details of who will be standing in the elections will be available from early April and can be found on the City Council website at https://exeter.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections-and-voting/2021-city-elections/ The Exeter Daily …


How to Increase Your Conversion Rate Through Web Design

For any business with an online presence, monitoring your conversion rate is important because conversion is what gets you customers, sales, and leads. The conversion rate is the percentage of users who have taken action on your website divided by the total number of site visitors. If 1,000 customers come to your site and 5 of them sign up for an account, you have a 0.5% conversion rate. Ideally, your goal should be to increase your conversion rate since this could directly translate to profit and brand loyalty. The link between web design and conversion rate A well-designed website does more for your business than you think. Here are a few statistics that may enlighten you on how much design impacts user behavior: 38% stop browsing a site if it’s unattractive 75% judge a business’ credibility based on its website 40% leave a website if it loads too slowly
Given all this, it’s clear why you need to invest in professional web design services to revitalize your business’ reputation. Indianapolis web design companies offer some advice on where they think business websites can improve to increase their conversion rate. Optimize your website Website design doesn’t just refer to the visual appeal of your site, it also has to do with functionality and compatibility with various devices and browsers. With the oversaturation in the market, what will set you apart in the consumers’ eyes is whether your site looks good and is comfortable to navigate. Your site needs to have a modern aesthetic, quick loading speed, intuitive navigation, neat layout, and responsive design so that it’s appealing to a wide range of users.  Improve product or service pages Your product or service page is your main selling point to the customer. Ensure that all the information is clearly laid out, from the price to the description. Don’t make it too long to avoid overwhelming the customer. Instead of using a block of text, layout the information in a more digestible format, like a table or bullet points. Include reviews or testimonials from previous customers. For products, include photos of the product taken from various angles. Make the shots high-resolution so the customer can inspect it closely. For services, include before and after photos to demonstrate what your service entails. Streamline the checkout process For eCommerce sites, the checkout step is…


Devon duo launch sustainable subscription box to help small businesses during lockdown

“Who doesn’t love a lockdown delivery?” Say the two female founders of a new service giving customers ethical shopping choices without the hassle A Devon duo have launched ‘Lofty Box’ – a new sustainable subscription box which brings wellness and lifestyle products straight to your door during lockdown The co-founders, Claudia Meller, from Crediton, and Emily Joyce, from Exeter – both 30 – launched the box during the pandemic to help emerging brands and smaller businesses reach more customers.  Each Lofty Box contains a selection of products, from healthy snacks and drinks, candles and accessories, to lockdown workouts and wellness tips. The boxes are packaged with recycled materials and include items with short best before dates, so not accepted by large retailers, or that may otherwise be thrown away, for example imperfect candles. Co-founder Emily says: “Everyone wants to make sustainable choices, but it’s not easy. People don’t always want to spend time searching for the perfect products. “Lofty Box helps people make shopping choices they can be proud of – without spending time they don’t have. “The really amazing thing is we can help great brands build a loyal customer base at the same time – and reduce their waste too.  “We do all the research. Customers can simply look forward to their next delivery box of self-care goodness. Who doesn’t love a lockdown delivery?”  When coronavirus hit, Claudia needed a way to reach new customers for her own sustainable fashion brand, without the luxury of face-to-face sales. The pair, who both attended Exeter College, initially thought about trying to place Claudia’s smaller products in a subscription box that matched her brand’s values. They noticed a gap in the market for bringing customers a collection of products from a range of sustainable brands they might like to try. Co-founder Claudia explains: “Lofty Box bridges that gap between customers searching for ethical brands and ethical brands searching for interested customers. “Many small and sustainable businesses are struggling at the moment, but there are still so many out there to discover. “We want to spread the word for ethical start-ups, create a community of Lofties and bring people together with brands they’ll love.” The Exeter Daily …


Exeter students to run 2km on the hour every hour for 24 hours to raise money for charity

Exeter University students Henry Yannaghas, 21, from Suffolk and Edward Warner, also 21, from Llandudno in North Wales, have set themselves the challenge of running 48 kilometres over the course of 24 hours. The distance will be split over equal hourly stints with the aim of raising funds for the UK charity Mind. The final year Mechanical Engineering and the Arabic and Islamic Studies undergraduates are helping to raise awareness of mental health issues and the pressures students are suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on student lives. They have seen friends suffer and it is through the charity Mind, that helps students through the trying times, that valuable and preventative help can be found. Henry and Ed started their challenge at 11am Saturday morning in the hope of raising £500 with an hourly run on the hour for 24 consecutive hours. Edward says: “It’s a personal cause for me. When life got on top of me last year the Well-being Centre was there for me, but they are under so much strain as demand for their services has skyrocketed due to COVID. But aside from that, the work of Mind in general is so, so important and the issue of mental health provision for students deserves so much more attention.” “I along with many of my university friends have had their lives turned around by the fantastic work done by the welfare support team.” Explains Henry Yannaghas. “With lockdown piling on additional stress on all students across the country there is no better time to be raising money for the wonderful mental health charity Mind UK supporting student welfare services that are currently experiencing unprecedented demand during the ongoing pandemic.” continues Yannaghas. “We have reached our target and will carry on running so please continue to donate so that we can raise £1,000!” enthused Ed before they both set off on the next run. Anyone wishing to show support can donate for the challenge with all the proceeds going to Mind.   The Exeter Daily …


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