Farewell ‘Captain’ Brian

Brixham has lost the ‘captain’ of its Pirate Festival, Brian Pearce, who passed away on Tuesday 14th October following a short illness. Brian, who died peacefully at home, had been chairman of the Brixham Pirate Festival for the past two years and ran his own business, Smiles Fun Shop, in Fore Street. Brian and his team of volunteers spent many hours…

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The Plymouth & South West City Deal

Many thanks to Cate Taynton who gave an overview of the Plymouth and the South West Peninsula City Deal at our General Meeting in August. Download a copy of Cate’s presentation here. The Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal is a ground-breaking deal with government to deliver economic growth in the south west in exchange for the government devolving…

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Confidence in Brixham

With the sun shining and many happy tourists flocking to Brixham, it seemed to be perfect timing for Simon and Sarah James to demonstrate their commitment to the thriving town by buying the freehold of Hobb Nobs – a quality gift shop located around the harbourside. Simon said; “ We both love Brixham passionately and believe it is worth investing…

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Cuts threaten town’s services

Brixham Museum, Churston Library and Brixham’s two subsidised bus services could be hit by the latest round of cuts being proposed by cash strapped Torbay Council. The authority has already slashed £10m but now faces cutting a further £3.8 million. Among the proposals is the possible closure of Churston Library which would save £105,000; handing it to the community to…

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ERTC & Proposed Cuts

An open letter from Chris Hart, Chairman of the English Riviera Tourism Board   Dear Tourism Businesses, As Chairman of the English Riviera Tourism Company (ERTC) the official Destination Marketing Organisation (DMO) for Torbay and official partner of VisitEngland, I am writing to update you on the position regarding future Torbay Council budgets to support tourism promotion, which could affect…

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Torbay Tourism and Retail BID

If Torbay’s tourism and retail businesses united they could run one of the biggest business improvement programmes in the country. The potential ‘T-BID’ partnership to both promote and improve the Bay’s prospects was outlined by project consultant Mo Aswat, of Mosaic Partnership, to a meeting of the Torbay Business Forum at the Riviera International Conference Centre recently. Download Mo Aswat’s…

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Brixham mentioned in dispatches!

Brixham recently featured in Channel 4’s current affairs programme Dispatches. The episode, entitled Supermarket Wars, explored the reasons why Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda no longer dominate the food retail business and have seen their profits slump. Presenter Harry Wallop said the ‘big four’ used to build ‘enormous superstores to accommodate our one-stop shop’ but customer habits have changed. Three…

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The Colours of Brixham

A group of Brixham-based creative people have joined together to create a ‘pop-up’ shop and bring some colour into the retail scene in the town. Initiated by Brixham Chamber member, local artist Lynne Peets, the chance came along to do something positive and give an empty shop a “makeover”. Lynne invited 6 other local art and craft persons to exhibit…

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Community in combined effort

A recent collaboration between students, businesses and a local charity for the benefit of the hospital has once again shown that Brixham is working well together. The corner of Bolton Street, where the Threshers building has been demolished is an eye-sore as people arrive in Brixham, so one of the Brixham Chamber members, Mark Choppin from the West Country Deli,…

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Brixham businesses clean up!

Traders in Brixham are taking matter into their own hands to spruce up the town’s streets. Torbay Council’s swingeing cuts mean that the Tor2 lengthsmen team will not be in the port until September, after the height of the tourist season. So members of the Chamber of Commerce are pulling together to organise their own street cleaning to clear away moss and…

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