Business Superbrands 2014

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has been officially named as a Business Superbrand in an annual survey that identifies the UK’s key business-to-business brands. Independently co-ordinated by The Centre for Brand Analysis, the survey considers thousands of brands that are judged by both an expert panel and 2,000 individual business professionals. The brands are assessed on three key criteria:…

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Resilient transport network needed

Following the news that the main railway line linking Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the United Kingdom is unlikely to re-open for at least six weeks, Dr Adam Marshall, Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “It’s high time that the resilience of our transport networks moved higher up the Westminster…

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Statement from Visit Devon

Following the unprecedented weather that has hit the county this week,  Carolyn Custerson, Chair of Visit Devon, has issued the following statement.  Visit Devon is concerned for our tourism businesses that have been affected by the recent storms, which has in some cases seriously affected their livelihoods. We are working to ensure that local and national government give maximum support…

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Inquiry into right of way

A public  inquiry is to be held into the closure of a public right of way in the centre of Brixham. The walkway between Middle Street and Fore Street has been the subject of protracted ncgotiations involving Tesco, Torbay Council and the Department for Transport. The existing right of way would run right through the proposed town centre Tesco store which…

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Skills and Employment Manifesto

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published its Skills and Employment Manifesto, setting out ways to radically transform the systems that educate our young people, and recommendations for training our adult workforce. Employers consistently tell us that there is a mismatch between what they are looking for in their staff, and the skills, experience and attitude offered by too…

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BCC call again for fundamental reform

Government plans to cut business rates for small retailers have been dismissed as “just a sticking plaster” by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The measure, previously announced in the Autumn Statement, offers £300m to save 300,000 small retailers £1,000 off their next tax bill. Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, said: “Our fully funded £1000…

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Membership for 2014

I am writing to you on behalf of Brixham Chamber to thank you for your support over the last year and also to ask you for your membership renewal for 2014. The price for membership in 2014 has been held at £35, that’s less than 10p per day. Your membership fee helps us to achieve our mission which is supporting…

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Council budgets for 2014

Brixham Town Council has set its budget and precept for the next financial year, despite being uncertain whether Torbay Council will pass on a major grant from central government. The budget of £290,180 and precept of £194,300 put forward by the council’s finance and general purposes committee were approved at the full council meeting on Thursday evening by 10 votes…

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Looking back…

Joe Cloutman retired from the Chamber executive at the end of 2013. Below he gives a few recollections from his time in Brixham and the Chamber. Dani and I were first in contact with Brixham Chamber, prior to buying our business in the town; in order to get some advanced information about trading conditions locally. With a view, presumably, to…

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Growth figures good, but more to do

BCC: Growth figures good, but more to do to sustain recovery Director General, John Longworth and Chief Economist, David Kern both comment on the GDP figures for Q4 2013. GDP increased by 0.7% in Q4 2013, compared with Q3 The largest contribution came from the service sector, which increased by 0.8% Manufacturing increased by 0.9% in Q4 2013, but construction…

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