Devon Business Show 2016

This year’s Devon Business Show, takes place on Wednesday 15th June at Plymouth Pavilions. Entering its fourth year, the show has grown both in popularity and reputation and this year is set to bring together over 1000 businesses from across the county to network and make new contacts. This year introduces a meeting and hot desking zone powered by The…

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Quarterly Economic Survey – Q2 2016

The Devon Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey, which forms part of the British Chambers of Commerce national Quarterly Economic Survey, is now open for responses for Quarter 2 2016. The Quarterly Economic Survey is hugely important in giving us an understanding of the challenges that businesses in the county, and across the UK are facing, as well as painting…

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Change of philosophy needed for parking strategy

Councils all over the country over complicate parking tariffs and car parking strategy. Our own Torbay Council is no exception, with tariffs being constantly reviewed, strategy being amended, battered and sticker infested confusing signage, all leading to bemused visitors, unhappy residents, despondent traders and ever reducing footfall on our high streets. Unfortunately, there seems to be a theme and philosophy…

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Brixfest 2016

Dragon boat racing will feature for the first time at this year’s Brixfest. The free, family-friendly festival is being held in Brixham over the bank holiday weekend from May 28 to June 1, and will also have live music, fireworks, children’s activities and cooking demonstrations. Sophie Bower, chairman of this year’s festival, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing a Dragon…

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ERTBID Business Plan

A landmark stage has been reached as the business plan for the proposed English Riviera Tourism Business Improvement District has been revealed. If successful, the initiative will raise £3million to promote the English Riviera brand worldwide at a time Torbay Council has confirmed, due to austerity measures, a zero budget for tourism promotion. Among the ideas for the future marketing of the…

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Devon & South Devon Tourism Awards 2016

Calling all Brixham’s best tourism businesses! It’s time to apply for the annual tourism excellence awards. There are two competitions open to all tourism businesses in Brixham: the Visit Devon awards, and the South Devon Herald Express awards. The two competitions (which are run separately) are similar with categories such as “best B&B”, “best tourism experience” and “best café”. Being…

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EU Referendum: BCC Information Sheets

British Chambers of Commerce have created a number of neutral EU Referendum briefings to provide information to businesses wanting clearer information on a number of issues. You can download the briefings at: http://devonchamber.co.uk/News/news-story.cfm?story=1473#sthash.7UlxK0L1.dpuf

Chamber continues to support the Pirate Festival

Chris Slack, who manages the Arts and Craft Market for the Chamber, recently presented a cheque for £1000 on behalf of Brixham Chamber to Pete Beresford, Chairman of the Brixham Pirate Festival 2016. Chris said “The Pirate Festival is hugely important to the town. As the first major festival of the year in early May, it brings in a vast…

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How grandma’s passion became my life

Sandy Richards was a dedicated police officer who has now become a creative force within South Devon’s sewing community running the highly successful Brixham Sewing Box. Anita Newcombe met Sandy to hear her story of work, love, play and self-discovery. The first time I met Sandy was at Brixham Sewing Box, her treasure trove of creative sewing just by the…

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School governors wanted

Churston Grammar are currently seeking applications for new governors to join the governing body. In particular they are looking for applicants with experience in one of the following areas: Legal Building and site management Large-scale fundraising/sponsorship They would like to emphasise that it’s not a governor’s role to do the work, but simply to advise on it. As they are currently at…

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