Award winning Brixham based business, Flossy & Jim, will be one of the guest speakers at the Torbay Business Festival next month.  The creators of the Flossy & Jim brand, illustrators Lynette and James Dare will be talking about their journey ‘From Bankruptcy to Hollywood’.

Over 500 people are expected at the business event on Thursday 11th October at the Riviera Centre in Torquay.  With the aim of bringing businesses together, the event has been organised by the local voluntary group, Torbay Business Forum (TBF) and is sponsored by the Torbay Development Agency and Bays Brewery.

Said TBF Chair Steve Reynolds; “This is the third year we are holding this major business event and the excitement is building up for what should be a great day.  The Festival is a great way to celebrate the diverse companies that flourish in this beautiful area. “

Brixham based TBF Vice Chair, Angela George said; “There will be 70 exhibitors in the main Forum area, including Jacqui Shaw and Pauline Neal from Coralline Health – a local healthcare insurance service based in Brixham.  On top of this, we have an impressive line up of speakers who will be talking on the hour for half an hour including the fun and quirky Flossy & Jim”.

In between the presentations, people can visit the exhibitor stands and enjoy networking with local businesses. At 4pm there will be a Bays Brewery sponsored reception as the exhibition officially ends. “

Steve will open the event, before handing over to Jim Parker from the Herald Express who will talk about ‘Torbay Together’ and the ‘Now is the time’ campaign. Carolyn Custerson from the English Riviera BID Company then gives a brief update on the Tourism market.

  • At 11am, Brixham based Flossy and Jim will give their engaging talk on the journey from ‘Bankruptcy to Hollywood’ as well as their business top tips.
  • From noon, for the first time, there will be a Speednetworking event, run by Barry Cole from The Resultant – which is a great way to meet new people in a short space of time.
  • At 2pm, the TBF welcome back Russell Beck from Impellam Group Plc, to talk about the Future of Work.  Russell delivered a fantastic TBF presentation on The Generation Game last November, and many people asked for a return talk.
  • At 3pm, the Digital World opportunities will be covered by Julie Hawker, CEO of Cosmic a social enterprise social media company and will be sharing some useful tips to boost your business.

Festival Team Leader, Alison Benney, said; “The TBF team have been working hard and it is fantastic that so many local businesses support this event.  We are also delighted that Ocean BMW are offering the opportunity for someone to win a prize of a weekend BMW.  South Devon College are also offering a free ‘Skills Scan’ consultation.

“Entry is free for all delegates and people can pop in anytime during the day – whether they are small, medium, large businesses, or new start ups, those thinking of starting business, organisations, students. It’ll be a great day for local businesses”.

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