Devon Chamber – improved connectivity for business

Devon Chamber of Commerce has added its support to a letter published by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), signed by all 52 accredited UK Chambers of Commerce, demanding improved digital and mobile connectivity for UK business. On the closing day of the government’s consultation on the UK’s future digital strategy (today, Tuesday 19th January), Devon Chamber of Commerce has supported…

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Tourism BID only viable option

By Laurence Murrell I am the managing director of TLH Leisure Resort which comprises the Derwent, Victoria, Carlton and Toorak hotels in Torquay. I have worked in the tourism and hospitality industry locally for more than 30 years and am currently a director of the ERTC. If, like me and 11,000 others, your job depends on tourism you should be feeling concerned about…

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Your chamber needs you!

It is coming up to that time of year when the Chamber Executive Team seeks new blood to invigorate and help lead Brixham Chamber in 2016. This is vital to the ongoing success of Brixham Chamber of Commerce. Do you care about local business and Brixham ? Do you have a couple of hours a month free? Do you want…

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Big Belly Bins

The need to upgrade the public bins in the town is an issue that the Chamber has been advocating for some time. There is an ongoing problem of litter around the town and in the harbour area in particular at busy times of year. Our current bins cannot cope but there is a solution which has been successfully implemented in many towns…

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Brixham traffic survey

Roundabouts and synchronised traffic lights were just two suggestions made by traders in response to cries for improvements to traffic chaos into and out of Brixham. Brixham Chamber of Commerce carried out a survey of its members on the back of complaints about hold-ups and congestion for motorists. The new housing at White Rock on the outskirts of Paignton is being partly blamed for the logjams. Seventy per cent of those who responded to the survey said their business had been affected…

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A very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

2015 was a busy year for the Chamber and there are more challenges ahead in 2016. Brixham Chamber of Commerce has continued to expand its activity this year. By that I do not mean merely in membership terms, but in many other areas. We have a terrific team of dedicated business members that form our executive team. We also gather…

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Sign initiative moves forward

Improved signage around Brixham has won the backing of town councillors. They have agreed to support the initiative which was originally looked into by members of Brixham Chamber of Commerce. It is generally accepted that many of Brixham’s signs could be much clearer. Cllr Steve Clutterbuck said: ‘It needs to be kept plain and simple and to the point. Areas have been identified where the signs could be much clearer. For example, some people don’t…

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Brixham charity seeks mentor

Brixham maritime heritage and sail training charity the Trinity Sailing Foundation is looking for someone with broad business experience to advise and mentor its small office team on a voluntary basis.  The charity’s Trustees are actively involved in overseeing it’s activities, but believe the staff would benefit from the active support, for between four and eight hours a week, of…

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Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2015

More than 300 people gathered at Torre Abbey on 15th October for the South Devon and English Riviera Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2015 which recognises, rewards and celebrates excellence in tourism and hospitality. The Gold Award for Tourism Event of the Year went to Brixfest with Fishstock earning a Silver Award in the same category. Elsewhere Brixham businesses scooped a further three Silver Awards:…

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Business rates transfer

Chancellor George Osborne announced local councils will set and keep business rates in what he called the “biggest transfer in power to the local government in living memory”, during his speech to the Conservative conference earlier this month. Osborne added that the uniform business rate would be abolished, with local authorities able to cut rates to attract businesses. Cities with…

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