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How can we work together?

19th April 2017

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Jason Buck, Investment Development Manager, writes:

My close family members and friends may read this with a wry smile, but when it comes to Torbay you will only ever hear me talking about the positives. Every place has its issues, some of which crucially need to be tackled together, but likewise shouting from the rooftops about the positives needs to be done in the same way – together.

Every time I visit a company there is always another amazing fact about what they are doing and who they are doing it for or with. In Torbay, companies are producing components for Rolls Royce aerospace, designing components being used by Google, and manufacturing test equipment used by NASA. However, some of them are quite happy keeping below the radar, which is unfortunate. Importantly we shouldn’t forget that it’s the people in these companies who make it happen – highly skilled, experienced, expert, knowledgeable individuals. Of course, some companies need to fill very specialist roles and often have to look outside the area or the UK to find them. But, there are brilliant people here already in Torbay working hard and putting us on the map whether in tourism and leisure, manufacturing, hi tech, healthcare, marine, digital and creative, education or professional services - the sectors of expertise are deep and wide.

The link between shouting about the positives and the recruitment of people to key roles is an important one. Believe it or not, some people have never heard of Torbay, the English Riviera, or any of the three towns, despite everything we all know that is great. We have World famous crime writers from Torquay, components forming the back bone of the internet originating from Paignton, Brixham being a renowned European fishing port – and that barely scratches the surface! Many of our international companies have to pull together the finer detail and wonderful photographs to sell this ‘unknown’ location to those considering their next career move.

But, of course, it isn’t unknown. We are just not shouting loud enough and at the same time – and unfortunately, as is often the way, those with gripes are being heard over those who are doing so many positive things. Investors and businesses will know if this is happening and look elsewhere if they hear this too. Torbay Council has very recently given the green light to support the town centre regeneration programme for Torbay where investment of over £130M is forecast, further boosting investor confidence, increasing footfall and spend, and improving the experience of our town centres. This will also help our businesses to continue to be successful and attract the expert people they need to grow. We all need to know that life outside of work is good also!

Investors and expanding businesses want to hear one message and if we are to continue to grow our economy and be more productive it has to be: “Hello, nice to meet you, how can we work together?”

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