News & Features

A successful year for EPIC and its tenants

Microelectronics and photonics businesses based at EPIC have enjoyed considerable growth in 2021. The centre is now 70% occupied, housing some of the region’s most innovative companies. Tenants have taken on new staff, secured contracts (including lucrative clients in the space and defence markets) and won national awards. Growth is set to continue in 2022

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Torbay Ready for Work Programme has been extended

Given the success in Torbay over the past two years, the Ready for Work programme has been extended for a further 12 months. Following a review, some changes have been made to the scope and delivery of the programme to ensure it meets the needs of employers, the labour market, and residents. Ready for Work

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Torbay Supplier Engagement Conference to take place 16 December 2021

The first Torbay Supplier Engagement Conference will take place on 16 December 2021. The conference will be virtual and will welcome procurement leads from the local public sector. The event, in partnership with Torbay Council, South Devon College, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and TDA, will provide local Torbay businesses with the opportunity

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Tor Vista Homes first new build project begins

Work has began to develop nine affordable rent homes including one adapted home at Totnes Road, Paignton.   This significant milestone demonstrates the commitment TorVista Homes has to increase the supply of affordable homes within Torbay. This will be the first new build project after TorVista was awarded Registered Provider status by the Regulator for Social

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Extension at Mayfield School will provide new improved facilities for pupils

Work has started at Mayfield School to build a new Administration Block, which will allow existing space within the school to be remodelled to accommodate improved, reconfigured teaching and learning spaces. Torbay Council approved the £1.5m funding as part of the Children’s Services Capital Programme, supporting the commitment to improve existing facilities for children and

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Success in obtaining CPO for Crossways

It has been confirmed by the Planning Inspectorate that we have been successful in obtaining the compulsory purchase order (CPO) on the derelict Crossways shopping precinct in Paignton. The decision now paves the way for us to achieve the communities’ ambition to see the site regenerated.   The CPO decision, which took a number of factors into consideration stated, ‘that there is a

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We’re looking for young people to sit on the Torquay Town Deal Board

In October 2020 Torbay Council secured £21.9 million investment from the Government’s Towns Fund. The Towns Fund provides Torquay with a once in a generation opportunity to bring about significant change with a focus on the town centre and is being used to deliver innovative regeneration and transformational projects as set out in the Torquay Town Investment Plan.

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EPIC tenants shortlisted in the 2021 Tech South West Awards

Two companies based at EPIC (Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre) in Torbay, have been shortlisted in the 2021 Tech South West Awards, which represent the best in tech from across the region. There were over 200 entries for this year’s awards from across the wider South West and the judging process involved four days of

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Calling all artists! Torbay Council is seeking to commission a permanent artwork to celebrate the life and work of Agatha Christie

Torbay Council, working in collaboration with Agatha Christie Limited, the Agatha Christie Festival Limited, Torbay Culture and others is seeking a permanent artwork for the Torquay harbour area to celebrate the life and work of Agatha Christie. Torbay has an exceptional literary heritage. For generations the bay’s natural and cultural heritage has provided inspiration for

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