‘Keep it Local’ key to Torbay’s future

Torbay Business Forum chairman Steve Reynolds

Torbay Business Forum chairman Steve Reynolds - Credit: Archant

A partnership between a new company and the Torbay Business Forum could be key to a post-virus future

Bay Deliveries could play a key role in a new business initiative in the resort.

A working party of local businesses led by Torbay Business Forum chairman Steve Reynolds is looking

to launch a Keep It Local Torbay campaign where businesses and residents will be encouraged to buy

and supply local goods through a shopping website - the exact concept of the new Bay Deliveries.

Talks are at an early stage, but virtual meetings have been held between Mr Arnold and the group to

see how the two can work together.

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Further discussions will be held after the company's soft launch which includes the special

promotion with the Torbay Weekly detailed here.

Mr Arnold said: 'Bay Deliveries is a high-tech data and digital company. What it wants to do, starting

with local food and drink is to provide a one stop shop for all the best products that we have to

offer. What really excites me is the potential this has for so many local businesses.

'If it gets off the ground, expect local investment and jobs all with a guarantee I have heard firsthand that it is local first.

'Whilst the project is at an early stage, we share a broader ambition with the Forum. Plans are at an

early stage, but I am genuinely excited for what this might mean for local food and drink suppliers

and beyond.'

Forum chairman Mr Reynolds said 'This is all about local people shopping locally and buying goods

and services from local businesses. Supporting local businesses will play a vital part in our local

Economic Recovery Plan stimulating growth and building local wealth.

'Keeping the Torbay 'purse' within the Torbay and South Devon area, through buying locally, will

help to retain and to create jobs as we support our local traders and producers.

'We wish Bay Deliveries every success and look forward to working together as the 'Keep it Local

Torbay movement gathers pace.