News & Features

Give your business the space to grow

The number of businesses continues to rise across the South West, reaching 71,510 in 2018. With 99.7% of enterprises in the Heart of the South West being Micros or SMEs, there is a real focus on entrepreneurship and overcoming start-up and growth challenges. Business owners are utilising better quality workspace and business solutions to overcome

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Adding Value to Commercial Property

As a real estate professional and TDA Estates Manager I am often asked about the performance of the estate and how I might add value. I believe this is equally important for both private and public sector managers. As a result I am always looking for the potential to enhance an asset and increase its

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Retail – the need to change

Over the last few weeks most major retailers have reported their trading figures for the Christmas period. The British Retail Consortium reported it was the worst Christmas in a decade, comparing total sales year on year in December. Whether this is because of changing shopping habits, the squeeze on margins, the rise of ‘Black Friday’

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Asset management and investment generates vital income for Torbay

Working on behalf of Torbay Council, TDA has acquired additional investment assets to drive an increase in the Council’s income. TDA’s Estates Team ensures that occupancy levels of Torbay Council owned property assets of over 600 properties remain at 97%. TDA also manages the Council’s Investment and Regeneration Fund to identify further investment opportunities that

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The Impact of Brexit on the Property industry

As I write this article Theresa May had just survived a vote of no confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party and attempting to persuade European leaders to look again at the deal agreed. What appears to be an ever growing number of hurdles still to get over, not least a vote in Parliament

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TDA celebrates its seventh year

Set up in 2011 to deliver Torbay Council’s economic development, TDA is now a multi award winning company delivering services to public sector clients across the country. Now in its seventh year, TDA has grown to over 100 employees, providing business and property services in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. As a business with a

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Highbridge Enterprise hits warp-speed

Businesses in Somerset now have even more help to grow with the help of the County Council’s network of Enterprises Centres. The Highbridge Enterprise Centre, which is already home to 15 businesses and 35 jobs, has had a 470,000 expansion. Three more light industrial units have been opened, providing an extra 234 square metres of

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The importance of investing in the future of the business

Like many companies TDA focuses its attention on various aspects of the business at different times of the year. During the autumn one of the things we do is turn our attention to job fairs and graduate and student placement opportunities. TDA recently delivered a very successful job fair attended by over 70 employers advertising

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Social Media in Property

For me, over the last three years social media has become part and parcel of my professional life. Colleagues have emphasised the importance of building up my and the TDA’s professional reputation by being active online. Prior to starting my current role as TDA Estates Manager I admit that my online profile was woeful. I

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Be a Dragon at Somerset SOUP

Somerset’s business community is being invited to come and be dragons as four Somerset entrepreneurs present their pitches at a Somerset SOUP event next month. The four businesses have been chosen to pitch their idea with the chance of winning a package worth 1,000. They will be competing against each other, delivering a 4 minute

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Buying Property At Auction

It is abundantly clear to me with the popularity of TV property programmes, buying property at auction has never been more popular. The prospect of picking up a bargain has become the method of choice for many developers and investors throughout the UK. Purchasing a property at auction can be both exciting and financially beneficial.

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Somerset SOUP gains more sponsors and opens up ticket sales

Somerset Soup is back for a second year and now has six headline sponsors. Cosmic, Red Berry Recruitment Ltd and Watmuff & Beckett join Albert Goodman, Somerset Chamber of Commerce and TDA to support the popular SOUP event, designed to help start-up businesses. SOUP is a not-for-profit, crowd funding event that brings people together to

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