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Planning permission granted for Market Hall development

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Plymouth City Council has granted planning permission for the £7million redevelopment of the Market Hall in Devonport, which will see the derelict Grade II listed building transformed into a cutting-edge space for digital skills, research, learning and entertainment. The Market Hall development is being led by RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – in partnership with Plymouth City Council, i-DAT at Plymouth…

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Column Bakehouse café and stores now open at Royal William Yard

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A second outlet for the popular artisan bakery Column Bakehouse opened its doors on Wednesday 12th July at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard. The successful artisan bakery started at Devonport Guildhall in 2013 and has grown from strength to strength winning countless awards and fans along the way. Run by pioneering social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation –…

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MTV Crashes Work Experience Opportunity DEADLINE EXTENDED 28/06/17

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Interested in music, marketing or event management? Aged between 18-25? We are looking for enthusiastic and energetic young people to get hands-on with a number of exciting work experience opportunities behind the scenes when MTV Crashes Plymouth returns on 27-28 July with two nights of chart-topping acts on Plymouth Hoe. To apply, please submit an ‘expression of interest’ in a…

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European Funding is a Game Changer

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A project to support young people in Cornwall and the isles of Scilly into work or long-term learning has received £3.1m of European Social Funding from the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities project.  The funding will enable a programme of support that will help young people improve their personal and employability skills and progression into employment and learning.  The investment…

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Bakehouse success on the rise as expansion plans are announced

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Column Bakehouse, the successful artisan bakery started at Devonport Guildhall, has announced plans to open a second café outlet and a ‘Bakehouse Stores’ shop inside Ocean Studios at the prestigious Royal William Yard, Plymouth. The Bakehouse which is run by pioneering social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – was opened in 2013 and has grown from strength to…

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Chains of change at Devonport Guildhall Exhibition

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A highly unusual exhibition of Mayoral Chains opens at Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth, this week (running 9-19 May, 2017) in a photographic show which challenges traditional notions and symbols of power and status and profiles the growing power of grass roots communities. The Mayor’s Chains – Who Leads Communities Now? is a collection of photography from David Partner, that illustrates how…

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European Capital of Culture Bid could energise ‘forgotten corner’ of Cornwall

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RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – has revealed today that it is backing Cornwall’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023 claiming it could do much to reinvigorate south east Cornwall, the ‘forgotten corner’ of the county. Established in Cornwall in 2007, RIO works extensively in Cornwall, particularly in Liskeard and South East Cornwall, as well as…

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It’s our birthday

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31st January 2017 marks 10 years since RIO was first set up! It was on this day in 2007 that we first registered RIO as a Community Interest Company, although we didn’t start working officially as RIO until later in 2007. We plan to celebrate our 10th year in signature RIO style, so watch this space and follow us on…

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