Torbay Business and Chambers Network Survey

Torbay Business and Chambers Network Survey

The Torbay Business and Chambers Network is a new collaboration between Torbay Business Forum (TBF) and the Chambers of Commerce in Brixham, Paignton and Torquay.

The four parties aim to work together more effectively to identify issues, projects and needs of mutual business interest for the benefit of Torbay as a whole. In the process we will share combined market data and combine to lobby the “powers that be”.

Each member group retains its own identity and local functions/purpose. The Chambers will continue to act for their own towns and memberships as we always have done and the TBF will act as the overarching voice for Business in Torbay

The first TBCN event, is likely to be a virtual/zoom meeting and is planned for the 15th September. Members of all groups and anyone with an interest in business in Torbay is welcome to attend. Details will follow shortly. In the meantime, we would welcome your thoughts about the proposed combined virtual networking event. If you can spare a couple of minutes, please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y2268KD

Brixham Stronger Together

Brixham Stronger Together

Brixham Stronger Together has been working with the Brixham Chamber of Commerce to look at ways we can support our local businesses to prosper.

We have a lot of small businesses in Brixham who are not likely to have the luxury of an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), these are benefit programs that assists employees with personal problems and/or work-related problems that may impact their job performance, health, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Brixham Stronger Together are working with Brixham Chamber to create our own version of an EAP in the town using the services of our partner organisations to make sure that our businesses remain strong and prosper, but are also supported when times are tough.

We are at the beginning of this process so will share how this looks as it develops.

Supporting the mental health of our community during the crisis has been a major point of concentration for the Brixham Stronger Together partnership.

Stress, depression and anxiety caused by the pandemic has noticeably increased and the group are looking at ways to support the work of Brixham Bee well, one of our members, who are a group of residents, supported by NHS mental health professionals, Brixham councillors and charities who have been working over the last few years to provide a community-led package of support in response to poor mental health in the town.

We are doing this in a number of ways including by making sure the details of BTS members and the services they offer are communicated to and easily available to people in the town, so that they know where they can access support if they need to.

Over the length of the pandemic the two food banks in Brixham, Brixham Food Bank and the Yes! Brixham Food Bank have been supporting vulnerable community members to make sure they have access to food.

Together we have provided well over 2,000 meals to people in Brixham, Churston and Galmpton.

During this time we joined the Torbay Food Alliance, which is a network of food banks across Torbay.

This was a great source of support as it became very difficult to bulk buy and access food as the pandemic progressed.

Through the Food Alliance we were able get hold of the food we needed to keep our food banks stocked.

We would like to just say a massive thanks to all the Torbay Food Alliance members for the peer support and also thanks to Chris Ellis and Becky Morgan for their coordination efforts.

Last week Anthony Magnell, the MP for Totnes constituency, invited Brixham Stronger Together members to join an online Zoom meeting with other community care organisations from across the constituency, including Dartmouth Caring, Totnes Caring and Kingsbridge and Saltstone Caring.

The conversation was based around the health and wellbeing challenges that our communities were facing and what were the messages we needed our MP to take to parliament to advocate for the resources we needed.

Challenges around reducing isolation and making it easier to access the Government-recruited volunteers who came forward during the crisis were all discussed, along with improving links between statutory agencies and the third sector so that the valuable and effective work that the third sector has proven it can deliver during this crisis is integrated into future health and wellbeing plans.

Original Story by Katherine Oliverio of  YES! Brixham in Torbay Weekly
Reproduced by kind permission of author/publisher

Brixham Stronger Together is a partnership of local organisations based in Brixham that have come together to support the community. The information in the attached leaflet gives information about each partner, what support they offer and how you can contact them.

Brixham Stronger Together

 

Virtual Open Meeting, Tuesday 28th July, 7-8.30pm

Virtual Open Meeting, Tuesday 28th July, 7-8.30pm

Meet your MP: Q&A with Anthony Mangnall

Brixham Chamber of Commerce Virtual Open Meeting (via Zoom)

Tuesday July 28th, 7-8:30pm

 

We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Anthony Mangnall MP to our virtual open meeting on July 28th. Anthony will be eager to hear how local businesses are getting on and will update us on the latest situation from Westminster. This will be followed by a Q&A session.

Agenda:

  • (Meet on Zoom at 7pm)
  • Welcome from the Chair
  • Brixham Chamber of Commerce news
  • Update on the current Covid-19 and economic situation within our local area
  • Update on available financial support for businesses
  • Insights from Westminster: the current Covid-19 situation, recovery plans and any potential future help for businesses in the coming months
  • Q&A with Anthony Mangnall MP
  • AOB
  • (The meeting should finish at 8:30pm)

Please register in advance so we can send you the Zoom details, by emailing hospitality@brixhamchamber.co.uk. If you have specific questions you’d like to ask Anthony, please send us these in advance so we can give him chance to prepare.

Our open meetings are open to everyone including non-members, please feel free to invite guests.

The meeting will be recorded for those who can’t make it ‘live’.

 

Virtual Open Meeting, Tuesday 14th July, 7-9pm

Virtual Open Meeting, Tuesday 14th July, 7-9pm

Join us on zoom for our first ever virtual open meeting and the first time we will all have been together since the AGM in February.

Tuesday 14th July, 7-9pm

We’ll use the first part of the meeting to catch up with each other, including a short update from every participant, and to review the current Covid-19 situation on our local economy.

The second part of the meeting, in breakout groups, will be a discussion of how to help local businesses survive until Easter 2021: in particular, what can the Chamber do to help?

Everyone is welcome to join this open meeting, whether you are members of the Chamber or not. You don’t need to run your own business to join.

Zoom details will be sent out in advance of the meeting; please contact hospitality@brixhamchamber.co.uk if you’d like to attend.

 

Regenerate Devon Summit, this week, 7-9th July

Regenerate Devon Summit, this week, 7-9th July

We’ve been asked to pass on an open invitation to the Regenerate Devon online Summit next week, July 7-9th.

Experts and leaders from organisations across the county will be discussing the future of the economy.

Over the course of the three days, the event will cover what our economy could look like, and examples of exemplary business practice with tips to embed this into existing practices. It will also bring organisations together to network and take action to rebuild the Devon economy in a socially and ecologically resilient way.

Around three hundred people from social enterprises, statutory bodies, community groups, academics and business owners have already signed up for the event organised by three social enterprise networks, PSEN (Plymouth), Essence (Exeter) and Local Spark (Torbay).

  • 3 days
  • 13 sessions
  • 28 speakers
  • 10+ hours of group collaboration

The Summit will take place across 3 days on Tuesday 7th – Thursday 9th July. Each day will be dedicated to a different theme, allowing us all to rise together to take action by day 3.

  • Day 1: Visions for a better Devon
  • Day 2: Showcasing best practice
  • Day 3: Ideas into Action

The final day features internationally renowned economist Kate Raworth, whose ‘doughnut’ model places the emphasis on allowing us to thrive while staying in balance with the planet – a model recently adopted in Amsterdam. There will also be an Open Space session on the final afternoon which will focus specifically on Torbay.

For full details and to reserve your place click https://regenerate-devon.heysummit.com/