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Business Breakfast - IBIS Style Launch

Business Breakfast - IBIS Styles Launch

With Easter upon us, this month’s breakfast is on the second Tuesday - 9th April at 8-9.30am at Paignton’s Mercure Hotel, where Multi-Site General Manager, Jason Parry will be launching the sister hotel, Ibis Styles. This is the second Fragrance Group owned hotel to open in Paignton and includes 121 bedrooms, a dry spa and 3 beauty treatment rooms.

So if you’d like to hear more about the developments and take a look at their new rooms and facilities, please click on the link.

Kindly sponsored by Big Wave and Bishop Fleming - we really appreciate your support.

£13.50 for breakfast, networking and free parking in the basement, providing you register your car reg number on arrival.

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Thank you everyone!

Thank you everyone!

At the March TBF event, a packed room of nearly 100 people heard from 3 great speakers:
  1. Steve Reynolds, TBF Chair - highlighting the work we do at the TBF in bringing businesses together. Please let us know your key business issues to add to his summary of parking, planning, roads, skills, ASB.
  2. Liam Bailey EF Torquay - ambitious plans to welcome 800+ foreign students this summer. Great for the local economy and if you have a spare room, you could host a student for £120/week tax free. Please spread the word and get in touch with Liam for more details.
  3. Carolyn Custerson, CEO ERBid - Tourism Hot Topics including :
  • 93% of the Bay’s visitors are from the UK - predominately from Midlands and Wales who have been coming for years and love it!
  • Major impact of cost of living crisis - shorter, less frequent trips - together with the huge increase in costs across the board and recruitment challenges.
  • The new FHL tax changes may also adversely affect our local economy - time will tell.
  • Coach parties are increasing, 5 cruise ships due this year and, by focusing on sustainability & accessibility, accommodation providers can differentiate and grow.
So thank you to everyone - delegates, speakers, sponsors - Wollens and TDA - and the Riviera International Centre for managing the ever increasing last minute bookings(!).

To see the pdf of the slides - please click here
Trevor Bartlett

Trevor Bartlett

We are deeply saddened to report that Trevor Bartlett passed away on 13th March after a cardiac arrest.

A kind and thoughtful man, Trevor was a keen supporter of the TBF for many years and played an active part in the business community both locally and internationally.

Since 1978, Trevor had been immersed in the crabbing industry as a deckhand, skipper, boat owner and processor. He set up The Blue Sea Food Company in 2003 which is now a major supplier of cooked brown crab products throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

Trevor was also a director of several companies and organisations including the Shellfish Association of GB and the Nation al Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation Ltd.

A celebration of Trevor’s life will be held on Friday 12th April at 2pm at Upton Vale Baptist Church, TQ1 3HY. Refreshments will be served after the service and the family would love everyone who knew Trevor to join them to grieve, celebrate and embrace hope together.

Save the Date....

The TBF is a voluntary organisation which brings businesses together, professionally and socially, to help make the area a brighter place to live, work and play. Please help us spread the word by joining our mailing list and linking to our social media platforms.
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