Nick Powe

Go on, champion the Bay and shout from the rooftops

Torbay Weekly

The Torbay Story – telling the whole wide world what a great place the English Riviera is to live, work and visit – has been championed at another inspiring event

Torbay Champions are being recruited to tell and promote the Story with regular updates from inspirational speakers detailing how they are putting the Bay on the map to catch the eye of potential investors.

The second Torbay Champions event took place in the Hi-Tech Centre at South Devon College. Around 50 people attended to hear presentations from Eat That Frog, Torbay and South Devon Foundation NHS Trust and the UNESCO Geo Park.

The new Torbay Champions network came together earlier this year following the launch of the Torbay Story, which is about sharing the Bay’s Story and all the positive things that are going on in the Bay, making Torbay unique.

At the latest Champions meeting, which was hosted by college principal Laurence Frewin, the Champions heard about the great work that is going on to support residents with getting back into education and work, improvements planned for Torbay Hospital and how an international award is putting Torbay on the world map.

The Torbay Story
The Torbay Story

Hannah Rendle, Operations Manager for Eat That Frog, a Community Interest Company, shared what they offer to those who need support around training, post 16 education and other community support. Hannah told the audience how they put the community at the heart of everything they do, also explaining how they changed their delivery through the pandemic and what young people can achieve with a little help.

The Champions then heard from Alan Welch, deputy programme manager for the new Torbay Hospital Programme at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. Alan shared the Foundation Trust’s journey as they plan to upgrade the estate and digital systems of Torbay Hospital, which is part of the Building a Brighter Future, the New Hospitals Programme.

Torbay has provisionally been allocated part of the £3.7 billion of funding to proceed with the planning for a £350 million hospital development.

Finally, the audience heard from Nick Powe, Kents Cavern owner and who is also part of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark and  director of Visit Devon.

He gave a passionate presentation on how Torbay achieved the UNESCO status, which is one of the 170 plus Geoparks across the world and the importance this status brings for places like the Bay. People from across the world visit Torbay just to its rocks and their formations.

The Torbay Story is all part of the Building a Greater Torbay campaign where the Torbay Weekly has teamed up with key partners to promote the Bay and celebrate all the good things and investment currently happening.

Building a Greater Torbay campaign
Building a Greater Torbay campaign

Jim Parker, Chair of the Torbay Together Partnership, said: “We all know Torbay is a great place to live, with our fantastic beaches and the natural environment that surrounds us, but not many know about the great work that goes on day in, day out to support our residents, creating jobs, improving our economy and putting the Bay on the national and international map. Our Champions really do get a unique experience of finding out what goes on across all the different sectors, having the chance to be our advocates and telling all their networks, family and friends, about the positive things that happen in Torbay.

“We have such a unique story to tell. Torbay provides a premier marine and natural experience. When businesses here like our tech by the Bay, who are leading the way in the world of electronics and photonics, are balanced with having this great environment it creates a hub for active adventures. With all this going on we have so much to shout about, and I encourage you, your colleagues, family and friends to think about becoming one of our champions and help us big up the Bay.”

The next Torbay Champions event will be taking place on Thursday September 15 at 5 pm and will be hosted by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust at Occombe Farm’s Café. There will be a tour of Occombe’s new facilities and a presentation from the Chair of Torbay’s Hi-Tech Cluster.

To read more about the story, view an electronic copy of the Torbay Story book and to sign up to this next Champions event visit or follow on Twitter @TorbayStory

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