What magic can happen when local people who are invested in their community get together to exchange ideas, create new schemes and offer tangible help to new,  and up- and-coming businesses.

On Friday 7 June 2019, the Lucky 7 Club in central Paignton welcomed entrepreneurs, local business leaders, community groups and members of the public to two amazing events aimed at boosting the local economy and making Torbay a better place to live.

You can watch the video of the open space event here

Out in the Open 

In the afternoon we held an Open Space, where anyone could propose an idea that would improve life in Torbay. People then formed groups around each suggestion and got creative.

How could we make this happen?

Who would need to get involved?

What practical steps could be agreed there and then to turn this idea into a reality.

After this dynamic brainstorming session, the results were shared and practical actions were agreed. Everyone was buzzing. 

Before the evening session got going, a wonderful buffet dinner was served and the Lucky 7 bar opened, so everyone could relax, chat and even indulge in a specially created Friendly Dragon Cocktail!

Watch the evening event video here

The Evening Event

The evening event was the Community of Dragons – now in it’s 8th successful year in Totnes and spreading around the globe.

Three local businesses – in various stages of development took to the Lucky 7 stage to outline what they were about and to tell the audience what they needed in practical terms to help them move on to the next level

Pledges of Support

The audience, making up the Community of Dragons, then asked questions and made pledges of support. More than 70 pledges were made, including money, free branding and marketing, social media support, paying-it-forward, advice sessions and even cake!

During the course of the day and evening, several invited speakers, including Tony Greenham from South West Mutual Bank, gave presentations about their businesses and were on hand to offer advice and guidance to those who needed it.

When the official events were over, many people stayed on, enjoying more cocktails and continuing their conversations until the early hours.

It was such a fabulous day and we can’t wait to do it all again in 2020. We hope you’ll join us.


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where friendly dragons help local businesses fly…

Meet the entrepreneurs pitching to the friendly dragons

On Friday 7th June 2019, these six local entrepreneurs will be on stage, pitching three exciting new business ideas which will benefit the Torbay community.

We have a few remaining tickets for this event book here.


Lyndon Forster


Pankind aims to create experience workshops and corporate team building sessions. Lyndon plays the Handpan (pictured above) in hospices, hospitals, care homes and teaches children to play them in local primary schools. Lyndon will be demonstrating the therapeutic value of this beautiful instrument at the event.

Tim Lloyd, Micheal Harrison-Hastings

Mindmaps for Wellbeing

Tim and Micheal provide a range of mental health related training and consultancy services to ensure employers are mental health aware in every aspect of their business.

Ceri Ashford, Adrian Lloyd & Jordan Pierson

Gaia Coffee

Gaia coffee plans to create an environment where customers can network, be creative and feel inspired in a relaxed environment. It hopes to create a social hub for the community and provide individuals with the opportunity to work within the coffee shop and to learn hospitality and barista skills.


 For times and full details see the: LEF page


Venue: The Lucky 7 Club Dendy Road Paignton TQ4 5DB


Looking forward to meeting you… 

Held every first Monday of the month. The first of our informal meet-ups will be on Monday 4th March from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Venue: The Weary Ploughman Inn, Dartmouth Road, Brixham TQ5 OLL

Contact: [email protected] 

“Our monthly meet-ups are a great way to network, discuss your business and share your ideas for the future of Torbay”

James Bachelier-Moore



Get Together with Local Spark

Here’s something we can all agree on: “BRINGING TOGETHER THE ENERGY OF YOUTH WITH THE WISDOM OF AGE TO GROW GOOD BUSINESSES IS GREAT FOR TORBAY.” Join Local Spark next Wednesday to create some People Powered Change.
6 – 8.00 pm at the stylish Paignton Theatre Bar.
Sign up on our Facebook Event page Get Together with Local Spark Torbay

“Join us in the stylish and cosy Palace Theatre Bar for networking and nibbles.
We’ve got a fun event to help you meet each other. We’ll also be discussing how we can help the younger people in Torbay who want to start a socially useful business.
Plus an introduction to a different type of entrepreneur model.
Please join us, let us know you’re coming, and share widely!”

Chris Gunson



Local Sparks

Local Spark held a next steps event at Occombe Farm’s Community Kitchen on 21st May. 14 supporters had a great time getting to know each other and deciding what Local Spark should do next. Watch this space for what comes next. Thanks to Occombe Farm for letting us use the space – the sandwiches were great!

“Getting to know you at Occombe Farm”

Chris Gunson