Featured Account: Families Torquay

Families Torquay and South East Devon is the go-to website for information and inspiration on making the most of family time in the TQ postcode area.

With news and information on activities, classes, attractions, clubs, childcare and lots more, we want to make it easier for families to make the most of their precious family time.

We believe that Families are not just important – they are everything. Being a family means you are a part of something wonderful, and the best memories are made when families have fun together.

Families Torquay and South East Devon is part of the national Families Online website, which also includes Emma’s Diary, the UK’s number one resource for pregnant women and post-natal mothers.

There are 342 local Families websites, each run by parents who live in and love the local area and who share the experiences of our readers. We know the fun places to go and the best events and we want to share these with other local families.

Because we target local families, we have a very focused following, which makes us ideal for anyone wanting to promote their events, activities, businesses or services to families in the TQ postcode. There are options for businesses to add details of their events or services to our website for free, by clicking on the add an event or add a listing button. We also love helping local businesses grow through our range of cost-effective and targeted advertising options, which include premium event or business listings, article sponsorship, competitions, banner advertising and social media shout-outs. All our advertising packages are tailored to suit the requirements of individual businesses.


Put your clocks forward

We had best start this blog post with an apology, this was meant to be ready and published last night, needless to say time got the better of us.  So a massive sorry to all those expecting our check in last night.

As you know today is the 25th March which is important for two reasons 1) it’s Mothers Day Eve and 2) it’s officially the start of the British Summer Time.  Ensure you put your clocks forward by an hour tonight.   It also means that the nights are only going to get longer from here on cue the much needed summer sunshine, evening walks and warmer times.

So if you’ve not got your Mum a present or card yet for mothers day, you know what to do and there is still 24 hours to do it.  If you’ve not put the clocks forward, don’t, they don’t go forward till 1am.

The BoostTorbay Weekly Note

Last night we also made the announcement of our new weekly or monthly newsletter.  Which by now you would of all had a copy in your in box, honestly it is there.  You can find out more details about the newsletter in the coming weeks.


Featured Account – @FamiliesTorquay

Our featured account this week are the team at FamiliesTorquay.

For those of you who know @FamiliesTorquay is ran by Joanna and their service provides endless ideas for families to do,  make & see with children in Torquay & South East Devon. We are here to help parents have more family fun with their kids!

So with the holidays fast approaching, tweet them, follow and engage with them.

Works are still continuing on our website and also on our very first product, not a physical, hand held product but one that you can use especially if you already have a website up and running.

Watch this space.

Have an awesome weekend and a productive week, don’t forget to tweet us throughout the week.



Featured Account: The Osborne Club – Holiday Apartments by the Sea

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More and more people are looking to holiday on the English Riviera, not just in the ‘peak weeks’ but all through the year. The stunning Osborne Club complex is right on Meadfoot Beach, Torquay, and you would have to blink twice to think you weren’t on the French or Italian Riviera!

As well as offering high quality holidays, there are some great opportunities to buy into the vacation ownership scheme here too – which is not only a very popular choice for singles, couples and families, but also for business and corporate incentives.

Located within Hesketh Crescent, an imposing Regency-styled building overlooking Meadfoot Beach and Thatcher Rock, you will find us right in the heart of The English Riviera. And with the South West Geo-coastal path a short walk away, and Torquay’s picturesque harbourside and bustling town centre just down the road, you can make your holiday here as leisurely or lively as you please.

We pride ourselves on offering high quality luxury holidays to our guests who have the choice of individually-styled one, two and three-bedroom apartments most of which have unrivalled sea views. The Osborne Club was also the very first resort in England to offer vacation ownership within their apartments and now have over 1500 resort members many of whom enjoy the long term option of a 40 year lease and others who prefer to purchase five years at a time – known as our ‘Holiday 5’.

Which-ever way you choose to holiday, once you have arrived with us, you will be sure to want to explore. We are perfectly placed for you to make your holiday as active or relaxing as you choose, from award-winning beaches, to walks along the South West Coast Path, to fishing and diving. We are not far from world-class Zoos and Aquariums and for fun-filled days out with the kids there are a host of theme-style parks dotted around the area too!

And, of course, no holiday is complete without a bit of retail therapy along the way, and the opportunity to sample one or two of our local eateries – many of the surrounding villages and towns are a foodie haven and a shopper’s dream. Or you may just want to spend your days lazing by the indoor or outdoor pool, or relaxing in our beautifully maintained gardens.

So for active or relaxing quality holidays any time of year, every year, The Osborne Club has something  for everyone and something you will certainly want to write home about!

Wish you were here?

Chat to us:                          01803 209600

Email us:                              holidays@osborneclub.co.uk

Look at our Website:      www.osborneclub.co.uk

Busy, Busy

If you’re reading this, first of all I’d like to say thank you for taking the time to read it, if you’re not reading this, then you’re probably doing something far more interesting, like watching paint dry.

Firstly, we’ve just had another very busy and productive #BoostTorbay chat.  It’s great to see so many people, regulars and newbies getting involved.  Networking, socialising, promoting or just generally taking part in the chat.

The whole point of the #BoostTorbay chat is that it isn’t a formal networking event, you don’t have to stay for the entire length of time its running, normally an hour, and more importantly the time you spend on the chat is entirely your own.

This week, and well done to those who did notice it, we’ve changed how we decide our featured account for the week.  Previously we asked you to tweet us and we’ll then go for the first person who tweets us.  Now we’re changing this to a more random and complex selection, it involves us telling you if you’re our featured account for the week.

Featured Account – OsborneClub

This weeks featured account are the amazing people over at the Osborne Apartments.

The Osborne Apartments in Torquay provide you with your very own room with a view! Luxury Apartment complex in regency sea-view setting on Meadfoot Beach, Torquay, Devon – for holidays and vacation ownership.

We highly recommend you give the Osborne Apartments a follow if you are thinking of coming down to Torbay for a holiday.

So we’ve redone our featured account, our next set of news is our new website.

A massive thank you needs to go to the talented guys at @EthreeDigital who are working tirelessly to put together a website for us, we are looking to move over to our new website at the beginning of April 2017.  I’ve been working on the website for sometime now ensuring that it can do what I want it to do, and I’m probably biased but it is looking amazing and will help serve as a base for the #BoostTorbay brand to build upon over the next 5 years.

Finally, a big thank you to all 7, 958+ of you for giving us a follow, getting involved in the #BoostTorbay chat and for reading this blog.  Without you guys doing all of this we would not be here.

Until next week, have an awesome weekend and a productive week.

The First Post of 2017

Wow March already, and not just any old March, March of a new year.  Exciting times ahead I feel.

A very late and belated Happy New Year to those we have not seen personally, hope 2017 is a successful one for you and your business/family.

Around this time of year I normally unveil our plans for the year, complete with expected dates of launching this or that new product/service, well fortunately this year I’m not going to do that.

What I am going to do is give you an overview of what we’ve announced so far:

#BoostTorbay Chat

Last year we launched our very own #BoostTorbay chat.

The concept, not unique by any means, simply to bring people together on a Friday night for a tweetathon.  Network, socialise and generally unwind after the week – wine is not compulsory but may help.

Since the launch of the chat we have growth in our tweet reach, follower numbers and also in the number of people getting involved in the chat.

A massive thank you to all of you who get involved with that each Friday.

#BoostTorbay Digital Cafe

Couple of weeks ago we announced, plans for a new digital cafe right here in Torbay.

Today I’d like to share you with some of topics we will be covering:

  • WordPress Support: How many of you are running websites powered by a WordPress system?  Most of you.  At the digital cafe there will be a dedicated WordPress professional, me,  capable of answering queries and training you in the basics of using your CMS system.
  • SEO/PPC Help: For those of you eager to get your websites higher up the rankings there will be an on hand dedicated SEO/PPC professional who will be able to advice you on the latest trend, focuses and changes in industry.
  • E-Mail marketing: List of e-mail addresses and not sure what to do?  An e-mail marketing guru will happily show you and inform you of the latest trends, open rates and more.
  • Blogging: Take a look at the benefits, the whys and where for’s and how to keep a blog and how this can benefit your business.
  • Social Media:- Last but not least, social media.  Twitter and Facebook are both popular networks, but what about Instagram, Pinterest and new emerging social networks like Snapchat and dark social?  All will be covered by a social media professional.

On top of this each session will be kick started with a short 5 minute presentation covering the latest digital trends that week and will be focused on how it will impact or benefit your business.

This does mean that we have 4 openings for professionals happy to share their knowledge with others, happy to network and most importantly are willing to give up an hour of their time each month.

Our very first digital cafe will be brought to you in May 2017.

Want to find out more?  Drop us an e-mail on boosttorbay@gmail.com.