SUPPORTING BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT THE BAY
TORBAY Council through the partnership with the Herald Express, hope to raise the aspirations and skills of local businesses, and ultimately increase jobs and prosperity in the area.
The Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver said: "I am delighted that for the sixth year, Torbay Council and our economic development company, TDA, are supporting the Business Excellence Awards.
"Our objective is to help businesses, create jobs and boost the local economy and the Awards is a tremendous event - recognising many successful companies in the area.
"We are spearheading a number of positive developments locally and there is a great deal of optimism. I am looking forward to sharing in the celebrations with the businesses on Friday March 15."
Torbay Development Agency's chief executive, Steve Parrock said: "Business is the life blood of our economy. Without business growth, there will be fewer jobs and a less prosperous community. This is why we should celebrate local business success – and why the TDA is proud to support Excellence Awards."
The breadth of support offered by the Torbay Development Agency for both new and existing business is growing significantly. Thanks in part to the Coastal Community Fund, in which Torbay's Riviera Renaissance partnership were awarded almost £1.4m, the TDA have ambitious plans to expand this even more.
Steve said: "By looking at our website (www.torbaydevelopmentagency.co.uk), you can see we work hard to support businesses across so many areas. From advice and support, accessing finance, organising regular networking events and major forums, we work tirelessly to help local companies develop and grow.
By also offering a relocation and professional property service, we try to encourage organisations to bring their businesses to this beautiful part of the world. "
Through the Fund, the TDA will continue to build on the excellent work carried out by partners, Outset Torbay offering support to new businesses through Enterprise Coaching and Intensive Start up Support.
Two new workhubs will be developed to provide flexible, easy in/easy out space for home-based businesses enabling them to network with other like minded people.
There are various sources of funding for both existing and new business, including South West Investment Group, Microcredit Fund, Prince's Trust Grants, Fund 101 and Solutions 4 Business options.
"In addition, we hold three successful Friday morning networking clubs every month. These regularly attract almost 120 people each month and help to generate inter-company trading – supporting 'Keep Business Local' initiatives," said Steve.
For more information, please go to www.torbaydevelopmentagency.co.uk