From finance and tourism chiefs to funky beach cafe and mental health support - the Bytes have everything

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Adam Fletcher - Credit: Submitted

Over 70 people tuned into the recent Torbay Business Forum’s ‘Breakfast Bytes’ webinar to hear how the Bay is ‘Opening Up’ with  four special guest speakers.

After a news round up by Jim Parker from Torbay Weekly, Forum chairman, Steve Reynolds welcomed Sean Cremer, Deputy Head of Finance at Torbay Council, who gave advice on how local businesses can apply for the next round of Government Grants.

Carolyn Custerson, Chief Executive of the English Riviera BID Company then gave a detailed tourism report about the effects of the pandemic on Torbay, with three lockdowns and the closure of 97 per cent of tourism businesses, resulting in a loss of £278m in the past year across the tourism sector and its supply chain.

The BID team have worked hard in creating a new campaign ‘Escape the Everyday’ which aligns with the Visit England national campaign encouraging domestic tourism.

Vice-chairman Angela George Chloe Pavely and Adam Fletcher. Chloe is the owner of Fishcombe Cove Cafe which she has worked hard on since 2018 to develop into a funky beach cafe, with a focus on sustainability, environment and developing a ‘hub for the community’.

Her resilience and innovation are two of the reasons Chloe achieved Gold for the Best Cafe at the Devon Tourism Awards. Chloe is now waiting to see how she fares at the SW Tourism Awards today (April.22).

Adam is Chief Operating Officer of Andy’s Man Club and Women Wellbeing – two voluntary peer to peer support groups, set up after the two suicides of young men within 24 hours in Newton Abbot three year sago.

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With the motto #itsokaytotalk, these groups meet up once a week every Monday from 7pm to 9pm in Newton Abbot, Paignton, Plymouth and Exeter.

The webinars are held between 8.30 and 9.30am on the first or second Tuesday of the month depending on bank holidays. The next will be on Tuesday May 11.

Steve says: "Our producer Emily Tucker, Head of Apprenticeships at South Devon College, kindly produces a recording of the event, so click on the TBF website - www.torbaybusinessforum.com for the ‘catch-up’ version if you miss the show."