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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Business Excellence Awards 2014

The hard work, resilience, innovation, inspiration and never-say-die attitude of the local business community is to be celebrated in style in 2014. Companies, large and small and in all fields of business, are being urged to enter the 2014 Herald Express South Devon Business Excellence awards. The list of last year’s winners proves there is something in the awards whatever…

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Brixham’s storm chaser

In the December Isssue of  The English Riviera Magazine, Chamber member and well known Brixham photographer, Chris Slack talks to Anita Newcombe about the attraction of storm-force weather conditions, moonlit beaches at midnight and sunrise over the sea – all to get the perfect shot. When I met Chris Slack at his home in Brixham he had already been out to…

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