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Torbay’s manufacturing keeps on growing

26th June 2018

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This week sees the annual Manufacturing Challenge finals taking place in Torquay supported by TDA. This gives our young people, with career aspirations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, the opportunity to take part and gain valuable experience of working with local manufacturing companies. The event is designed to inspire and engage with young people and open up exciting career opportunities in these areas.

Manufacturing is alive and well in Torbay with two real success stories in Eaton’s Pattiserie and Graphic Controls.

I first met Eaton’s Patisserie over five years ago when I was invited to visit them in Kingsteignton. The company recognised they were growing quickly and had to consider their options for growth. They also wanted to be in Torbay.

A main priority for Eaton’s was premises – whether size, cost of purchase, cost of refurbishment, location, freehold or leasehold. At any given moment in time these elements can change quickly with competitors and developers eyeing the investment opportunity.

In December last year the former Ministry of Puddings site in Watcombe was unfortunately closed, causing a blow to the local community, employing many living nearby. Thankfully we were able to introduce the owners Mademoiselle Desserts to Eaton’s which has now resulted in the purchase of the site and subsequent relocation to Torbay. The company will be looking to create over 22 new jobs and bring their existing staff of over 36 to the site.

Another very different manufacturer now relocated in Paignton is Japanese owned Graphic Controls. The company manufacture data recording products for the manufacturing, oil and gas industry as well as transactional media for amusements parks, entertainment venues and casinos – essentially ticketing products.

Initially introduced to us by a commercial agent almost three years ago, the company was looking for a fit for purpose, large manufacturing space to support their growth plans and future R & D activities. They could have chosen other European locations, but even with our exit from the EU looming large and given they are also a major exporter, they chose to move to Paignton. Within the next three years the company projects job growth from 50 to over 100 employees.

The wonderful part of the Graphic Controls investment is the ‘win, win, win’ for all – the company, Torbay and its residents. Their new building is owned by Torbay Council with the rental income providing much needed revenue to the Council helping to maintain key service delivery. The new building enables the company to grow and create more local jobs.

Torbay has some exceptional manufacturing, exporting companies. It would be impossible for Torbay to be successful without them. We want to help our existing manufacturers grow, provide local employment and export more. This is supported by the recent news that as a whole Devon is exporting well and is above the national average.

We want to attract more new manufacturers here to Torbay and we are confident of more positive investment news in the manufacturing sector over the summer.

To find out more about moving your business to Torbay, talk to Jason Buck from TDA on 01803 208799 or email him at

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