Brixham Chamber of Commerce has a long and proud heritage and in November 2013, it is celebrating its 90th anniversary.
Since 1923, the Chamber has been working with Brixham businesses of all sizes and sectors, providing organisations with practical support, useful connections and representation in local, regional and national issues.
As part of a recent review of its operations, the Chamber has completed the first stage of rebranding, re-appraising the value it provides and re-structuring its communications to reflect those values on an ongoing basis.
Jacqui Shaw, head of the Chamber rebranding committee said “After a tendering process, Brixham-based IMS Marketing was selected to work on our branding and communications. We now have a new logo which is clear, crisp and contemporary and gives us a consistent identity for use in all our marketing activities. The Chamber recently contributed £2000 for the Park and Ride in Churston and have just placed a roadside banner with the new logo to highlight this. (see photo) . Our new website, www.brixhamchamber.co.uk accurately reflects who we are, what we do, why we do it as well as having a business directory for members “.
Mike Franchi, Marketing Director at IMS said; “As purely voluntary, self-funded organization, the Chamber achieves a huge amount with limited resources. We wanted the new website to show just what it achieves as well as feature improved design, enhanced content and extended functionality for members. In addition, by streamlining some of the more repetitive but necessary Chamber management processes through the website, we can free up time to be used more creatively elsewhere.
“Within days of the site going live, we were delighted that that Carolyn Custerson singled it as an example of ‘Best Practise’ at the ERTC Tourism event recently for inclusion of the ERTC Events widget. “
Pride in Brixham is a volunteer group that sets out to help upgrade and maintain the environment in and around Brixham, focussing its efforts on painting and gardening schemes around the harbour, from the Marina Walkway to Oxen Cove.
The group is one of many local groups to benefit from a donation from the Chamber in recognition of the tremendous work they do to enhance the environment for residents and visitors alike.
Mary Thompson of Pride in Brixham said “Pride In Brixham members are very grateful to the Brixham Chamber for recently supporting us with a very kind donation of £1000, which will help us to continue with our various Brixham projects.”
Denis McDowell of the Chamber said “Pride in Brixham are a great asset to the town. They give up their time selflessly to brighten up the environment for all of us to enjoy. The Chamber is proud to support them in their ongoing work. ”
If you would like to offer a little bit of time to help out with painting or gardening or learn more about the group’s activities then contact Mary on 01803 851738.
Brixham businesses have welcomed new council parking permits to encourage shoppers back into the town centres. A ‘free after three’ permit costing £50 has been introduced at the request of local businesses and following the Herald Express ‘Fairer Parking’ campaign.
Together with new hi-tech cashless parking system in all car parksTorbay Council is hoping the new package will provide the fillip to town centre trade sought by local business people.
Keith Williams, vice-chairman of Brixham Chamber said: “This is a good move and we have to say thanks to Torbay Council for supporting the town traders with this initiative. I see it as a real benefit to residents and it also supports the night-time economy. The new permit covers the period to 3pm to 10am which traders requested. The introduction of cashless car parking is also good news, as is the £20 short breaks permit.”
The new Torbay time restricted ‘free after three’ permit is valid to residents only, 3pm to 10am, and covers all Torbay Council car parks except the harbour (The Terrace) in Torquay.
More details in the audio file below.