Brixham mussels win Seafood Excellence Awards

Brixham mussels win Seafood Excellence Awards

Brixham-based mussel farming company and chamber member Offshore Shellfish Ltd, together with its Dutch processing partner Krijn Verwijs, won two special Seafood Excellence awards at Seafood Expo Global in Barcelona, Spain recently. The Expo is the largest seafood show in the world. 

The awards recognise the best seafood products in several different categories. The competition is judged by an international panel, who mark each product on its eating experience, innovation, health and nutrition profile and market potential. 

Under the Premier Seafarmers brand, the partnership’s new products, launched in October 2021, scooped the prize for Best Seafood Product Line and Best Retail Packaging.

The initial range includes Bangkok – Fresh Sauce with Lemongrass and Ginger, Classic – Fresh Sauce with Thyme and Rosemary, and Avignon – Fresh Sauce with Wild Garlic. The dishes offers a new vision for rope grown, pre-cooked mussels, which require just a few minutes in a pan or microwave to produce a restaurant-quality meal.

John Holmyard, MD of Offshore Shellfish Ltd said: “We are thrilled to have won these awards for our new products, which recognise the skills and hard work of our crew in producing the world’s best mussels in challenging conditions, 6 miles offshore in Lyme Bay. The processing excellence of Krijn Verwijs is also key to our success and we are delighted to partner with them in our joint venture, Premier Offshore.”

“We had hoped to be able to process our award-winning mussels in a unit based in Brixham, but we were unable to secure the necessary shore-side space, so we took our business to the Netherlands, where we were welcomed with open arms,” he added.  

The judges were particularly complimentary about the product range, praising the quality of the mussels, the consumer appeal of the chef-prepared sauces, and noting that the eating experience was comparable to a dish prepared with fresh live mussels. The use of eye-catching designs and fully recyclable packaging also gained their approval.

The mussels have Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification and Soil Association organic certification and are undergoing audit against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard this month.

Sarah Holmyard, Head of Sales and Marketing said: “Winning the prizes gained us a high level of interest from European retailers, and we are also very keen to see the products represented in the UK. We are sure that consumers will find our new ‘no hassle’, ready to heat and eat mussel range an exciting way to enjoy our shellfish with ease and confidence.”

Offshore Shellfish is currently recruiting, as it starts the latest planned development phase, and has a variety of seagoing positions available. All enquiries to Sarah Holmyard, 07736 045150.

Naturally Inspiring Business Awards

Naturally Inspiring Business Awards

It’s full steam ahead for Torbay’s first Naturally Inspiring Business Awards.

The Bay’s business fraternity has been forced to live in the shadow of the pandemic for more than two years. But the businesses and those people who have run them have  battled through and have managed to come out the other side.

Truly Inspiring!

Torbay Weekly has teamed up with some key partners to recognise that fighting spirt and celebrate some great success stories. The majority are partners in our Building a Greater Torbay campaign which for the next 12 months will highlight all the great things happening in the Bay at the moment with millions of pounds investment from both the public and private sectors. 

The English Riviera BID Company is also sponsoring a category. The tourism and hospitality industry was badly battered by Covid. Their ability to adapt and determination to soldier on  is covered by their category and award.

More categories and sponsors may be added but at the moment the sponsors and their categories are:

  • Inspiring Employer of the Year Award – South Devon College
  • Business Resilience Award –  TDA
  • Social Enterprise Award – Torbay  Council
  • Best New Business Award  – Wollens
  • The Safer Bay Award –  The Office of the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner 
  • Small Business of the Year Award –  Inter-line
  • The award for Naturally Inspiring Innovation – Torbay Business Forum
  • Tourism Business of the Year Award- ERBID Company
  • Overall Business of the Year – Torbay Council

The entries open on Monday April 4.  Here’s the link for the entry applications:

Entries close on May 19 with a judging panel shortlisting finalists for the glittering, black-tie awards night at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay on Thursday June 9.

Original story on Torbay Weekly

Brixham in Bloom take Gold

Brixham in Bloom take Gold

In the Portman Cup, part of the RHS South West in Bloom Competition 2021, Brixham in Bloom faced strong competition from the likes of Keynsham, Wellington, Tiverton in Bloom, Penzance and Babbacombe Bay.

At the awards ceremony in Weston-Super-Mare on October 7, Brixham In Bloom were delighted to receive a GOLD award along with the following in the individual commercial entries :

Commercial WinnerAward
Middle Street TradersGOLD
Ellas Chocolate and Tea HouseSILVER
Edinburgh Road BTCBRONZE
Town Hall BTCHighly commended
ClawsHighly commended
BeamersHighly commended
Grat Rea Road BTCCommended

Very well done to all who took part and a huge thank you for making our town look so colourful and inviting.

English Riviera Tourism Awards 2019

English Riviera Tourism Awards 2019

Brixham businesses featured strongly once again at the English Riviera Tourism Awards. Many congratulations to those who sco0ped up very-well deserved prizes this year:

Ella’s Chocolate Emporium & Tea Rooms: GOLD – Café Tearoom of the Year

Salty Sparrow: GOLD – Restaurant/Bistro of the Year

BrixFest: SILVER Tourism Event & Festival of the Year

Driftwood: SILVER – Bed and Breakfast of the Year

Pirate Festival: BRONZE Tourism Event & Festival of the Year


Read full details of the Awards here.


South Devon Players win prestigious US theatre award

South Devon Players win prestigious US theatre award

Brixham-based South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company were thrilled to find out, in the early hours of June 11th 2019, (late evening June 10th New York time) that they had won a theatre award in the Long Island Theatre Awards ceremony for their production of Shakespeare’s classic drama of ambition, power and fate; Macbeth.

The show, first performed by the Players in January and February 2019, was not without its own share of drama, when the title role for the show needed to be recast ten days before the first performances. Christophe Lombardi, a friend of the Players, took up the mantle, learning the role and arriving from Ireland, in Devon for the final two rehearsals, to star alongside Ryanna-Mae Lloyd as Lady Macbeth and a team of dedicated local actors.

The show, performed at Brixham Theatre, the South Devon Players home performance venue, and then at Torquay Museum, attracted record positive feedback from audience and critics, with feedback such as that it surpassed productions by the Globe in London, and the RSC.

Hot on the heels of this success, came requests for a second larger show tour, including from Ireland and the USA, and a request from the Long Island Theatre Awards to enter the production for their 2019 awards. They were happy to accept a video submission of the show filmed at Brixham Theatre.

Months later came the news, that the Players were among the award nominees, and a request from the Theatre Awards administrators to send a representative to New York. The Players were by this time working hard on their scheduled production of Les Miserables, with the plans underway for an autumn tour reprising Macbeth. Laura Jury, the South Devon Players founder and director of both Macbeth and Les Miserables, was unable to attend, but Christophe once more took up the mantle and travelled to New York, collecting the award on behalf of the Players, which will be brought back to Devon during the next week or so, as he travels back from the USA.

Brixham Theatre was saved from closure in 2018 by a team of local volunteers, and it provides a critical base for local creativity, without which, successes like this, would not be possible for local people in their hometown. The Players owe this success to the continued existence of Brixham Theatre.

The Players are now also beginning rehearsals for the second tour of Macbeth; keeping most of the original cast, including Ryanna-Mae Lloyd and Christophe Lombardi as the Macbeths; although also excited to welcome new performers as well. The tour is currently booked into Brixham, Ivybridge, Exeter and Bristol, with discussions underway to bring the show to London, and further venues, during the autumn of 2019. While plans for touring abroad had to be put on hold due to being unable to find funding to do so, this has no way dampened the team’s desire to bring the show to regular and new venues here in the UK, and to revisit attempts to tour abroad in the future.

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s best known dramas, alongside King Lear, Othello, Hamlet, and Romeo & Juliet. It tells the tale of a Scottish war hero, who, tempted by ambition, power, and supernatural whisperings, begins a series of murders, to take and hold the throne. Returning home from war, Macbeth encounters three mysterious women, whose prophecy of kingship, sets in motion his ambition, and ultimately his fall into madness and blood…

The Players perform the original, uncut Shakespearian text, set in the dark aftermath of a nuclear WW3, in a post-apocalyptic design, with the exotic of the supernatural, and immersive soundscapes, to create Macbeths world in a new vision of the drama.

The South Devon Players, founded in 2005/6 on the proceeds of a carboot sale, and still funded in much the same way, are winners of the national Epic Award 2017 for England, a national arts award celebrating creativity and innovation in grassroots arts, and international nominations for past productions. Based in Brixham, the Players primarily specialise in researched historical theatre productions and old “Classics”.