Category: Blog

Plans Unveiled to Support Ethnic Minority Business Owners in Torbay

TDA, on behalf of Torbay Council, have announced plans to support the growth and prosperity of ethnic minority business owners in the Torbay area.  A dedicated network group for the ethnic minority business community will be established, enabling businesses to come together to network, discuss issues and solutions to support business growth.  The newly formed

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‘Brixham Fish and Hi Tech Chips’ – Torbay’s bid for £20m of Levelling Up Fund to help drive economic prosperity across the Bay

Torbay Council has submitted a bid to secure up to £20m from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund to accelerate economic growth locally. The Levelling Up Fund is central to Government’s ambition to level up the country – investing in high value local infrastructure and building stronger and more resilient local economies and communities. It is

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Have your say on Torbay’s Economic Growth Strategy  

Torbay Council in partnership with TDA would like to hear from those who live, work and own a business in the Bay on the priorities and actions in their draft Torbay Economic Growth Strategy.  This new Strategy, which has come from evidence gathered from economic data, speaking to key stakeholders, partner organisations and a range

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Cockington Court honoured by Royal visit

Cockington Court was honoured to be visited by HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today. The Royal couple were met by TDA staff, to the sound of The Samba ROC band, before Cockington Court’s Director Marissa Wakefield gave a tour of the Grade II listed Manor House, grounds and its creative

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Cockington Court’s horse-drawn carriage rides return for the summer

TDA and Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust (TCCT) recently invited offers from businesses interested in operating a horse drawn carriage service around the grounds and picturesque estate of Cockington in Torbay. There was interest from several different companies to operate the service. Following the tender process, C and C Carriages have taken over the reins

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Following Covid delays the extension at Burton Academy is officially opened

A two-storey extension which was completed at Burton Academy in February 2021, has been officially opened by Councillor Cordelia Law. On Thursday 23 June, key stakeholders came together to celebrate the official opening of the improved facilities. Despite the building works finishing almost eighteen months ago, covid restrictions prevented an official opening from taking place

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Dutch companies join EPIC as centre continues to grow

Torbay’s Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre (EPIC) continues to grow with the arrival of VTEC Lasers & Sensors from the Netherlands. The business will also be joined by parent companies 2M Sensors and Dutch Persistence, both of which are also foreign-owned. VTEC have taken a large unit on Floor 2 of EPIC, close to Bay

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Repurposing of Commercial Property Space

Commercial space, predominantly retail and office, is going through a seismic change not experienced in decades. Office space, as one of the biggest subsectors of commercial property, will no doubt see falling demand and property values as UK office workers remain working from home.  Over the last 20 or 30 years, office buildings have become

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How the funding of economic development and growth is moving

TDA, Torbay Council’s economic development company, is coming up to 10 years old and there is a big issue for us on how the funding of economic development and growth is moving. Nationally, we have seen the Towns Fund investment and Torquay was one of the towns awarded funding in the first cohort announced earlier

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Keep Calm and Carry On …Building!

Whilst the world tries to adapt to a “new normal”, schools and education providers have been one of the few services that have had to “carry on” and have continued to provide structured learning for children and young people across the country. The majority of schools in Torbay remained open during lockdown, providing care and

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Message from our Chief Executive

Welcome to our new corporate website for TDA. I’m proud to announce that our new website marks a key milestone in our ongoing development since we began in 2011. During this time we have grown organically as well as through acquisition to represent a group structure. Our collection of 7 companies offers a range of

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