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Riviera Connect – Back for 2024!

Discover the power of collaboration at Riviera Connect 2024: the ultimate business, tourism, and hospitality expo for the English Riviera

After the resounding success of its inaugural event in 2023, Riviera Connect is thrilled to announce its return for a second year, on 17th October 2024. Building on the momentum of the previous year, the event will once again take place at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay. This year, we are excited to introduce a new element focused on health and wellness in the workplace, reflecting our commitment to supporting the holistic well-being of our community.

Riviera Connect aims to energize and inspire businesses across the English Riviera, leveraging the power of collaboration to drive growth and success in the region. Organised by the esteemed Torbay Business Forum and the English Riviera BID company, Riviera Connect brings together the best minds and resources in the business, tourism, and hospitality sectors for a day of networking, learning, and innovation.

The event, which runs from 10am to 5pm, offers free admission and free parking curtesy of Ocean BMW, ensuring accessibility for all attendees. Riviera Connect provides a dynamic platform for professionals and entrepreneurs to explore a vast array of exhibitors showcasing products, services, and innovative solutions for their respective sectors. With a focus on fostering invaluable networking opportunities, the event provides the perfect platform for professionals to connect, collaborate, and forge new partnerships.

Distinguished speakers from various industries will take the stage to share their insights and expertise, covering topics ranging from Artificial Intelligence for business growth from Insignia Creative who delivered our most popular and an exceptional talk in 2023 to branding, paid advertising from Big Wave Marketing. We are excited to welcome keynote speaker Brendon Prince, 9 x SUP world record holder, founder of charity Above Water, helping to promote water safety through education and his ambition to make the English Riviera the HOME of stand up paddle boarding. Attendees can also look forward to updates and insights from Carolyn Custerson, Chief Executive Officer of the English Riviera BID Company, reflecting on the 2024 summer season and opportunities for growth in 2025.

In addition to captivating speakers, Riviera Connect offers engaging workshops designed to equip attendees with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s fast-paced business landscape. From leveraging LinkedIn for professional networking to harnessing the power of TikTok for business promotion, these workshops provide practical strategies that can be implemented right away.

We are thrilled to announce that Wollens is one of our esteemed sponsors for Riviera Connect 2024! As we focus on promoting health and wellness in the workplace at this year’s expo, we are delighted to have Wollens on board, especially considering their impressive recognition in the Great Place to Work top 100 Best Workplaces.

Wollens’ outstanding achievement, ranking 72nd in the country and being the highest-ranked law firm in the 2023 Best Workplace, underscores their commitment to creating a positive and supportive work environment. Their dedication to employee well-being aligns perfectly with our goal of fostering holistic wellness within the business community.

Furthermore, we are excited to welcome IMPACT coach Jess Wiggins as one of our motivational speakers. With her expertise in coaching and empowering individuals to unlock their full potential, Jess will undoubtedly inspire and energize our attendees, providing invaluable insights into personal and professional development.

With the support of sponsors like Wollens and the addition of inspiring speakers like Jess Wiggins, Riviera Connect promises to be an event that not only celebrates collaboration and innovation but also prioritizes the well-being and growth of individuals within the business community.

Riviera Connect is proudly brought to life by the generous support of our event sponsors. Leading as the Gold sponsor is Bigwave Marketing, a creative growth agency staffed by 40+ professionals, helping businesses grow through marketing channels, tools and knowledge. Aligned with our Health and Wellbeing in the workplace theme, Bigwave Marketing were the recipient of ‘Best Place to Work’ South West in the WMN Business Awards, 2022 for its focus on culture and wellbeing. Our Silver sponsors include Insignia Creative, Wollens, and South Devon College, each bringing valuable contributions to our programme. We are also delighted to partner with Torbay Weekly, Enlighten HR, Print TQ, and Poppy Jakes Photography. Sponsorship packages are still available for those who wish to support the event. We are also pleased to announce that free parking is being provided by Ocean BMW.

As the day draws to a close, attendees are invited to unwind and network informally with a drink provided by Bays Brewery, Hunts and Sandridge Barton from 4pm onwards.

“We are thrilled to present Riviera Connect as the premier business expo in the English Riviera,” said Kelly Widley of the English Riviera BID company. “By combining the resources and expertise of the Torbay Business Forum and the English Riviera BID company, we are confident that this event will be a catalyst for growth and collaboration within our vibrant business, hospitality, and tourism community.”

“We were absolutely thrilled by the overwhelming response to our first Business, Tourism, and Hospitality Expo, Riviera Connect. It’s abundantly clear that there’s a strong appetite for networking and collaboration in our community. We are delighted to be back for 2024. The event is a dynamic platform for businesses across sectors to connect and thrive. For those who haven’t secured their spot yet, book to exhibit with us by 30th July to enjoy our early bird exhibition offer and be a part of this exciting opportunity.” added Carolyn Custerson, Chief Executive Officer of the English Riviera BID Company. “It’s going to be a great day.”

“Riviera Connect’ is our exciting new EXPO, designed to bring businesses together from all sectors across Torbay and South Devon and showcase the best that we have to offer,” remarked Steve Reynolds, Chair of Torbay Business Forum.

Riviera Connect is not just an expo; it’s an opportunity to connect, learn, and transform your business. Mark your calendars for 17th October 2024, and join us at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay. Admission and parking are free, but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit

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