AZ donates labs to Plymouth University

AstraZeneca has announced that it plans to donate its Environmental Laboratory in Brixham, South Devon, to Plymouth University. The donation of the facility and its equipment will ensure that the laboratory continues to serve scientific and research purposes, benefitting the region and beyond. Plymouth University plans to use the site to create a global research and education facility. The University,…

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Autumn Statement overview

In this year’s Autumn Statement, the chancellor unveiled a range of measures that aim to support small firms. Here’s a summary of the key announcements and the reaction from the British Chambers of Commerce. Business rates In a bid to support small businesses and boost growth, Osborne confirmed a 2% cap on the increase in business rates in 2014-15. He…

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Tesco car park details

Reply from Torbay Council to Keith Williams, Brixham Chamber Vice-Chair regarding clarification of car parking arrangements within the proposed Tesco development.   Dear Mr Williams Thank you for your letter of 25th November, I apologise for the delay in responding. Firstly, please let me assure you that the Council and Tesco are working hard to produce a Car Park Management Agreement…

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George O’Hagan – Memories

I am very sorry to report the passing, on Tues. 3rd December, of George O`Hagan. Prior to retirement, he and his wife Rosemary owned The Harbour Pot Shop on Middle Street and Memories on The Quay. To older members of the Chamber, George is remembered as a long standing member of Brixham Chamber through the 60’s 70’s, 80’s and early…

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‘No Boss’ Christmas Lunch

The Brixham Sea Works will open on the 12th December with a ‘No Boss’ Christmas Lunch. Having secured investment from the European Regional Development Fund and Coastal Communities, Torbay Development Agency are now putting the finishing touches to this  brand new ‘Works’ space in Brixham. It has  been designed largely for home based businesses to meet, work and invite clients…

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BTC to lead regeneration

Brixham Town Council could be set to form a new group to work with them on regeneration matters. That is the recommendation from a conference looking at the future of the port. Brixham Community Partnership hosted the full-day public ‘What next for Brixham?’ conference at the Berry Head Hotel. It was designed to discuss how the community could best work together…

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Spectacular community event

Crowds packed vantage points all around Brixham on 23rd November for the Lanterns, Lights and ‘Luminations event supported by Brixham Chamber of Commerce and Brixham Town Council. A parade of home-made lanterns and a huge fireworks display were the highlights as the Christmas lights were switched on around the town and on the Heritage vessels and boats in the harbour….

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A welcome addition…

Brixham Chamber of Commerce has erected new ‘Welcome to Brixham’ boards around the town. The information boards aim to make visitors aware of the many attractions in the area and how to find them. Gordon Gout, head of tourism for the Chamber of Commerce, said: “Brixham Chamber of Commerce has now sited six of these welcome boards around town which provide valuable information…

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BCC – business rate freeze/reform

The British Chambers of Commerce has published its Autumn Statement submission, calling on the government to freeze business rates for the next two years. Ahead of the Chancellor’s announcement on December 5th, the business group is urging the government to conduct an extensive review and completely reform the business rates system by 2015, with a new, more responsive and transparent…

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Which lines would you remove?

Some yellow lines on Torbay roads could go as part of a review of parking restrictions being carried out by Torbay Council. The council is inviting residents and businesses to come forward with suggestions on any parking restrictions around the Bay that they believe are not needed. People are being given up to the end of November to submit suggestions, which…

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