Category Archives: Past Events

Coffee, Cake & Business Cards – 4th April – 1030 – 1200

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Venue: The Coffee House, 13 Fore St, Torquay    1030 – 12 midday

Brand new for the first Thursday of each month, this is an informal networking meet up for Tea, Coffee and Cake.

Be sure to bring business cards with you and exchange with new contacts each month.

Who doesn’t love a bit of cake just before the weekend?

Just register your place free of charge so that we have an idea of numbers on the day, maybe schedule your meeting to coincide with this and meet other business people at the same time.

Order whatever you like from the menu on arrival and join us for a monthly catch up.

We will also have raffle tickets available to purchase for your chance to win a brand new Hyundai i10 and help raise money for Rowcroft.

Charity Night – Cocktail Masterclass & Networking – 16 May 2019

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Venue: Revolution Torquay from 5.30pm

Book your place now for this brand new annual networking event with a twist

Why not take part in our Cocktail Masterclass and become the Cocktail master of 2019.

£25 includes:

Welcome drink on arrival
90 minute Masterclass – Get behind the bar and learn to make the cocktail of your choice with a professional bar tender
Cocktail making competition – Who will win the Cocktail Master Trophy?
15 Places available Maximum
Why not stick around afterwars and join in with Revolutions fun quiz night?

Business Networking lunch – 30th April 2019 in Revolution, Torquay

The Torquay Chamber Of Commerce Quarterly Networking Lunch

£12.50 per ticket which includes buffet lunch

We shall be welcoming 2 guests speakers to the event, including Robert Haylor of E3 Digital discussing Social Media for Your Business.   Second speaker is to be confirmed

Buffet Menu includes Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Options    Click to book tickets

Arrival & Networking

Buffet Lunch is Served

Guests Speaker Robert Haylor

Guest Speaker (tbc)

Business Protection Masterclass – 27 March 2019 at The Royal Torbay Yacht Club (Free of Charge)

FREE OF CHARGE – Please follow the link (Find Tickets) for booking and quote the reference HR1055 when booking

Registration from 0930

For Company Directors & Business Owners

This Business Protection Masterclass will cover the latest Employment Law and Health & Safety updates to ensure business owners and directors remain legally compliant, and avoid potentially costly inadvertent mistakes.

We will be discussing some of the key ways you can ensure your business is working at optimal efficiency with efficient HR policies. We’ll be showing you how making sure yours are an exact fit to your business, industry and circumstances will save you time and money long term.

The content will directly influence how to manage managers and all employees in order to maximise profits and minimise costs and risk to the business and directors.

Big Devon March – 20 February 2019 – Old Forde House, Newton Abbot

Venue: Old Forde House, Newton Abbot

From 11am

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Free networking lunch will be provided on the day. Please let us know of any dietary requirements.

Who is it for:
People within workplaces that have an interest in improving the health and wellbeing of staff and colleagues. Having champions in your workplace really helps to drive a positive and healthy workforce

Event Description:
Big Devon March is a motivating and engaging campaign that nudges us all to build physical activity into our day. Active Devon have a deep understanding of how behaviour change principles can make a difference to changing people’s habits to lead a more active lifestyle. This exciting event will provide an opportunity for people to come together, become a workplace champion and launch the Big Devon March campaign.

You will:

· Learn about the campaign, tips and tools to bring the campaign to life in your workplace

· Hear from Active Devon about how small changes can make big differences for colleagues

· Hear from Travel Devon how they can help your workplace get more active through active travel

· Get your all important Big Devon March champion pack which include free resources and incentives for you and your team

· Be inspired and get involved with demonstrations on how to combine activity at work

· Networking opportunity with other organisations across Devon to learn and share best practices


Torquay Chamber of Commerce Deliver Christmas Boxes to The Shekinah Mission

On Friday, 14th December, the Chair and Directors of the Torquay Chamber of Commerce delivered a large number of Christmas Boxes to the Shekinah Mission in the town centre.  The Shekinah Mission is a homelessness charity which has been working to help socially excluded and disadvantaged people since 1992.

The boxes were donated by the Directors and members of the Chamber, and were gratefully received by the staff and residents of Shekinah.

We wish them all a safe and Merry Christmas.



The BIG Breakfast – Tuesday 4th December 2018 at the RICC

The BIG Breakfast

Bringing Businesses Together  –  In Aid of Rowcroft


Inspired by Rosey at Rowcroft, bring all the local networking groups together to celebrate Christmas, and let everyone know of the vibrant networking community that exists

Date:               Tues 4 Dec – 7.30-9.30am up to 11am for those want to informally network

Venue:             RICC – ideally Forum if 100+ delegates OR Rosetor if under 100 people

Cost:                £15pp for normal breakfast with a bit of seasonal festivities BUT

Donation:        £5pp of this to go to Rowcroft as Christmas donation

Approx Timings:

7.30                 Arrrive & informal networking

7.50                 Welcome                                                                     Steve Reynolds

Introduction to BB                                                                             Rosey, Rowcroft

7.55                 Breakfast served

8.20                 Rosey to introduce and manage proceedings:

5 min talks – outlining group’s aims and meetings:

  1. TBN                                                         Barry Cole
  2. Linkedin Local                                       Vic Williams
  3. Chamber Overview:                              Jacqui Shaw
    1.  Devon: Paignton, Torquay, Brixham, NA
  4. BNI –  Locomotive and Riviera             Benson Campbell
  5. Torquay United                                     Sharon Cox
  6. TBF                                                          Steve Reynolds

Other Groups to mention (ie not presenting) on a handout

  • WIT – Women in Torbay
  • MIYB – Make it your Business
  • PLUS all attendees’ details, providing approval has been given

Ideas for Business Related Prizes :

To be won through a raffle, selling tickets on day – using ‘text to donate’ facility:

  • 3 free TBN network breakfast meetings in 2019, worth £30
  • Vic –3 hours of 1:1 coaching – Business/Linkedin coaching, worth £650
  • Social Media? – Cosmic – Rosey to contact Julie Hawker

Chamber of Commerce Christmas Lunch – 7th December 2018 at The Grand Hotel

The Torquay Chamber of Commerce

Christmas Lunch

The Grand Hotel – Cavendish Room

7th December 2018 – 1130 for 1230


The Chair and Directors of the Torquay Chamber of Commerce

would like to invite you to join them for Christmas Lunch



1st Prize

Luxury Food Hamper

and many more prizes

(please bring cash)



Chicken Liver Parfait

pear puree, compressed pear, madeira jelly


Spiced Parsnip Soup

parsnip crisp, curry oil


Beetroot Cured Salmon Gravadlax

horseradish & apple cream


Goats Cheese, Celery & Apple Terrine

fig, honey & walnuts


Turkey Breast

seasonal roast garnish, traditional accompaniments, turkey sauce


Salted Cod

puy lentils, white onion cream


Daube de Bouf

bourguignon garnish, truffle pomme, garlic croute


Butternut Squash Risotto

crispy sage, toasted pine nuts, mushroom foam



Tipsy Pudding

homemade vanilla custard, whisky caramel


Gateaux Opera

coffee bean sauce


Apple Tart Tatin

 calvados butter, vanilla bean ice cream


Vanilla Crème Brulee

vanilla shortbread



Payment can be made by BACs as below:

Sort Code: 54-10-39
A/C: 15928810
Bank:  Nat West,  48 Courtenay Street,  Newton Abbot  TQ12 2EE

Please then email your menu choice for Starter, Main Course and Dessert to:  


If you prefer to pay by Paypal, please click on the Christmas Lunch Page above, next to Home


RSVP by 30th November 2018


As in previous years, the Directors, and anyone wishing to do so, will be donating Christmas Boxes to Shekinah to pass on to homeless people.  These boxes can contain items such as toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, a warm hat and gloves and chocolate.  Boxes are then wrapped in Christmas paper.


Unfortunately, once booked, this is a non-refundable event

Torquay Chamber and Local Police combat crime.

“Torquay Chamber of Commerce are delighted to partner with the Police to combat crime in Torquay regarding retailers so they have produced diary sheets where you can record the crime committed. Due to there being some issues with getting through to 101 using the telephone, instead if you go to and report the crime using the “report a non-emergency crime” function you will receive a crime number and a proportionate investigation into the circumstances, the crime number given should be recorded on the diary sheets but there is also a facility to give information on the website.

An example of a non-emergency crime would be a shoplifter which has made off from the location, also if there is no indication of where that person is and no threat to members of the public as the incident has finished we would class this as a non-emergency.

These diary sheets should indicate to the PCCs that we need more police in Torquay to tackle the crime.” To download your sheet click here.

Department for International Trade

Government department responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring

that the UK takes advantage of the huge range commercial opportunities open to it. With a global

network, it aims to help businesses take control of their international business development,

assisting them to export their goods and services effectively.


Local International Trade Adviser Support – 07469 391223

Strategic export development advice from experienced former exporters and international trade

advisers.  Access facilitation to export related events, training workshops and online webinars.


Department for International Trade (DIT) website – 

Lots of free information relevant to new, occasional and experienced exporters.


UK Export Directory – 

Get promoted internationally for free with a trade profile.


Export Opportunities –

Find and apply for overseas opportunities for free.


Selling via Online e-Market Places –

Find the right marketplace for your business and access special offers for sellers.


Financial Support for Exhibitions –

Funding support for participation at selected overseas exhibitions and tradeshows.


Overseas Market Research –

Chargeable (OMIS) service whereby worldwide British Embassy officials can undertake specific

activities such as field market research, potential distributor search, contact introductions or

appointment arranging services on your behalf.


Exporting Trade Finance –

Export Finance (UKEF) – UK’s export credit agency. Able to provide working capital loans, credit

insurance and bank guarantees so UK companies can trade with overseas markets.


Business West export support programmes


Export Essentials – assistance for new or novice exporters to get to grips with planning their export

strategy. Includes ‘Ready For Export’ workshop and access to specialist support on various topics.

Extend Your Global Reach – Intensive strategic and commercial assistance to help your business

enter or expand into the high-growth markets of China, India, Latin America or South East Asia.


Great British Food Programme –

Virtual and physical support to connect South West Food & Drink sector producers with

international buyers.

Torquay Chamber of Commerce, the Police and Torbay Council Working together to clean up Torquay

Torquay Chamber of Commerce, the Police and Torbay Council – Working together to clean up Torquay

The Torquay Chamber of Commerce is now insisting that the time has come for action, as well as words, to help promote a new and vibrant town, to support the forthcoming developments, which are due to commence very soon.

The Chamber’s Chair, Susie Colley, and Steve Thorne from Jane’s, met with Superintendent Capey from the Devon and Cornwall Police on 18th July 2018, to discuss how retailers and the Chamber can work together with the Police, the Council, and other agencies to address the issues affecting the town, which have become so contentious in the last few months.

The Chamber is fully aware of the following:

* Financial cuts in the services provided by the Council;

* Financial constraints on the Police;

* An increase in the town of “professional beggars” and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), including intimidation of shoppers and retailers.


Objectives and future and ongoing actions by the Police

* The police have a dedicated operation – Operation Roxbury – which is focussed on issues in the town.

* Operation Roxbury features as one of the main priorities within South Devon, and as such, resources are being re-deployed to support policing activity.

* Not all policing activity will be visible.

* The local neighbourhood team have initiated a problem profile, to ensure that they have an ongoing story board of activity.

* The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014; has been reintroduced to allow the Police to exercise Dispersal Powers.

* For the summer period, a dedicated overtime budget has been secured to enhance the number of policing resources dedicated to town centre issues.

* The policing approach is looking at 3 main areas:

o Drug related issues;

o Associated criminality, such as shoplifting;

o ASB;

* The police are continuing to work closely with partners, such as the council, to make best use of legislation such as CBOs and s35 powers.

* 35 Misuse of Drugs Act Warrants in the past 6 months, that have a correlation to town centre related issues.

* The police will ensure that a Community Impact statement is given to Magistrates prior to sentencing those who are in Court – not prior to hearing the case, as that would jeopardise the sentence, but afterwards, so that the Magistrates are aware of the damage the miscreant has caused to the community.

* Regarding communication, Superintendent Capey has taken on board the comments in relation to the development of improved communication, and will ask Inspector Stevens to look into this.

* Regarding the use of the 101 system, the incident log, it is the intention to ask Sergeant Nichola Drury to develop an initial draft to share for comment.  Please note however, that, as discussed, this should not be seen as an alternative to utilising 999 or 101 (including email to the force control room) where incidents occur, as this remains the most reliable method for spontaneous allocation of resources, and also creates an overview of incident levels, from which the force assesses demand.


Objectives and future and ongoing actions by the Chamber and Retailers

* Use the template to report ASB and minor crime etc on a daily basis (this template, which will be constructed by the Police, will be available for download from the Chamber’s website, and will be sent to all retailers).

* Using the template and sending it to the Police by email (the address will be on the form) will relieve the retailers of wasting time trying to use the 101 system.

* The Chamber will lobby Kevin Foster, Torquay’s Member of Parliament and leaders of the three political parties, for more funding and assistance, as Torquay is very near the top of the worst areas of deprivation in the country.

* The Chamber will ask Kevin Foster MP to ask the question, when next the House sits, as to when Austerity is to be lifted and are all MPs aware, that by cutting all the services, it will have an extremely long term detrimental effect on the country as a whole.

Reopening of Maggie & Co – Friday 29th June

The Torquay Chamber of Commerce is delighted to support the reopening of Maggie & Co.

The launch takes place on Friday 29th June, and everyone is welcome to come along and see what they have done to the store, which is situated on the Strand, just along from Debenhams.

Known for its beautiful collection of Designer womenswear, Maggie & Co had to close four months ago, after the heavy snowfall in Torquay virtually destroyed the store.  They have been trading for 44 years and this disaster brought them to the brink of closure.  However, not wanting the bay to lose its most prestigious store, it was decided Maggie & Co had to be saved.

And so, after a lot of hard work to rebuild the store, they are very much looking forward to reopening on 29th June, and hope to see many faces, both current customers and new, coming in to say hello.