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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Ship-shape for 2014

A personal observation of 2013 by Keith Williams, Vice Chairman, Brixham Chamber of Commerce. As we enter a new year, I believe we can look back at 2013 and say this was the year BCC had a major makeover. The foundations for change were already laid in 2012 with Denise at the helm, and we have carried forward many of…

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Heston’s Great Brixham Food

Brixham  featured in the first episode of chef Heston Blumenthal’s new television series Great British Food, which focused on fish and chips. In the hour-long programme, Heston discovered how the industrial age fuelled the proliferation of chip shops by allowing fish to be transported quickly inland by train. Most of the filming, which was done over two days earlier this year, took…

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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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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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