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New £3m multi-use facility at Paignton Academy nears completion

A fantastic new multi-use school facility at Paignton Academy is five weeks away from opening its doors to students. The project at Paignton Academy, part of the Bay Education Trust, is a single-storey, multi-use hall, creating a flexible new space suitable for a wide variety of uses.The Events Centre features retractable seating which leads to

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Corruption and Money Laundering, A Victimless Crime?

In the last few years I have become more aware of how money laundering, fraud and corruption is hurting real people. I have heard people describe these acts as financial crimes with no real victim or cost. This is often on the assumption lost money will be paid back through an insurance claim. Doing just

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TDA looks to add further expertise to its board

TDA is looking for non-executive directors to join their board to support the growth of the company. The company is seeking a new member to complement the existing skills on the board, support the growth aspirations of TDA and ensure that the company is responsive to relevant sector interests. TDA makes a real difference to

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High Potential Opportunity in the Heart of the South West

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership with support from partners at TDA have won a competitive bid to promote the area’s High Potential Opportunity in Photonics & Microelectronics, working as part of UK wide programme with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the area. Already

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Company Voluntary Arrangements – here to stay?

Over the last couple of years we have seen a rapid increase in the use of Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVA’s), with the likes of Mothercare, Carpet Right, New Look and Debenhams proposing such arrangements. Since 2016, the number of retailers opting for CVA’s has doubled. In the last few weeks the CVA proposed by Sir

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Skills to match growth, confidence and opportunity in Torbay

TDA works with businesses across Devon and Somerset to support their start-up and growth. A focus on Torbay shows how the area is reacting to the current business environment and planning for the future. In partnership with the Torbay Business Forum, TDA develops the Torbay Business Survey to collect the views of the business community

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Improving value of your commercial property with expert advice

Estates professionals are often asked about or tasked with improving the performance of an estate and adding value. It’s equally important for both private and public sector managers to manage property estate to drive an asset’s value and maximise the return from it. Key questions to ask about your property assets are: Does the asset

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MADE part of largest celebration of STEM in the South West

MADE, a project that continues to inspire and motivate young people to take part in STEM led activities, will be at The Big Bang Fair South West event in Exeter on 25 June. Five schools will compete to win the MADE Manufacturing Challenge Finals. The Manufacturing Challenge involves year 7 and 8 students to work

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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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