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Event Partners

English Riviera BID (ERBID)

The English Riviera BID (ERBID) Company is responsible for leading on the Destination Marketing of the resort and is guardian of the English Riviera brand. Funded by over 1200 Tourism and Hospitality businesses who pay a compulsory BID Levy every year towards promotion the ERBID works in partnership to maximise reach and attract new year-round visitors to the destination. Part of the company’s focus is to develop major events and in this regard the ERBID Company has been in full support of the English Riviera Air Show and is one of the events main sponsors, encouraging visitors to Make a Weekend Of it and stay a few days with the family to enjoy all that the resort has to offer.

Headline Sponsors

The Mercure Hotel Paignton and the Ibis Styles Paignton

Owned by Singapore-based Fragrance Group, operated by RBH Hospitality and franchised by the world-class Accor group, both hotels offer guests a unique and special leisure and dining experience.

With prime seafront locations, the Mercure Paignton and Ibis Styles Paignton boast breathtaking views of the Torbay coastline, complemented by an elegant blend of art deco design and contemporary luxury. Featuring 282 stylish bedrooms spread across the two properties, glass fronted restaurants and outside terraces and bar, every aspect of the guest experience is crafted to delight.

The design concept of Mercure Paignton Hotel revives the grandeur of the historic seaside resort of Paignton and the sophistication of the quintessential English Riviera, blended with a modern twist to create a luxurious space tied to the region’s restful nature.

Meanwhile, the ibis Styles Paignton Hotel offers a playful take on seaside living, with vibrant colours and quirky design while still in keeping with the coastal theme.

Marketing, Media and Design Partners

Bigwave Marketing

Bigwave Marketing is a full-service marketing agency with a mission to make a difference and deliver growth to clients, colleagues and community.

The team comprises of 44 professionals specialised in creative design, content creation, email marketing, paid media management (PPC), search engine optimisation (SEO), social media management, and web development. Their aim is to connect clients with new and existing audiences.

As part of the agency mission, it promotes physical activity in the workplace and supports charities through the ‘Bigwave Business Games,’ a series of networking and friendly competitions that has raised over £54,000 for charity and runs in Torbay, Exeter and Plymouth.

As a regional agency, Bigwave works closely with Southwest organisations to provide employment and workplace opportunities, including internships, lectures and student mentoring.

Bigwave were proud to win ‘Best Place to Work’ in the Western Morning News Business Awards 2022 for its ‘strong culture’ and planted over 10,000 trees last year.


Persimmon Homes

Building over 13,500 beautifully-designed new homes a year in more than 350 prime locations nationwide, Persimmon is proud to be one of the UK’s most successful housebuilders, committed to the highest standards of design, construction and service.

Founded in 1972 by Life President Duncan Davidson, and with our headquarters in historic York, the Group is made up of a network of 30 regional operating businesses, giving us nationwide coverage. We’re building places to call home from North Scotland through to the South West of England.

Whether you’re looking for your first home or making your next move up the ladder, buying a new home is a big deal, but it’s also an exciting time. We’re here to make it as easy and as fun as possible.


Great Western Railway

A Greater West for everyone. As one of the largest train companies in Britain, more than 100 million customers a year join us on board. When the Great Western Railway was built, it opened the West and Wales to trade and tourism. And now, along with our partners at Network Rail, we’re proud to have the chance to look after your railway.


Kents Cavern

Step into the Stone Age at Britain’s oldest home. We will guide you through an extensive system of caves, formed in Devonian Limestone, once occupied by prehistoric people and Ice Age animals.  Your guide will show you total darkness, extraordinary natural rock formations and artefacts left by ancient occupants.


Torbay Pharmaceuticals

Torbay Pharma is a global specialist in the manufacture and supply of terminally sterilized injectables for the secondary care market. Established in the 1970s as part of the Torbay and Devon NHS Foundation Trust, we have grown into a 250+ strong team operating from our state-of-the-art built manufacturing facility in Paignton.  We received Private Equity investment in November 2023 and now we are Torbay Pharmaceuticals Ltd with a bold new vision for our business. We have come a long way since our first medicines were produced over 50 years ago, and we have ambitious plans to grow on a global scale, connecting more patients, clinicians and partners with essential medicines around the world.


Barnes Aerospace

Barnes Aerospace, a global manufacturer of precision components, maintains a steadfast commitment to continuous improvement. We service a wide range of customers, emphasizing precision, product quality, and process excellence. We adhere strictly to customer, regulatory, and third party standards (ISO, AS, Nadcap) as well as escape detection and prevention.

Barnes Aerospace – Newton Abbott, established in the 1940s by a member of Frank Whittle’s power jet team, remains at the forefront of aero-engine manufacturing technologies. Specializing in Aerofoil production, it has been an early adopter of CNC and robotic technologies to support high-volume manufacturing.


Landscove Holiday Park and Riviera Bay Coastal Retreat

Riviera Bay enjoys stunning views out to sea and boasts some of our best facilities, the perfect combination for a traditional family holiday park.

‘West is best” as they say and Riviera Bay is our most westerly park. Fantastic facilities on park include an indoor pool, large entertainment venue, and popular restaurant. And of course, you’ll want to get out and explore the many Devon attractions when you stay in this celebrated area. The mild climate means t-shirts and shorts are suitable for most of the holiday season, so don’t forget your shades.


Cavanna Homes

Cavanna Homes was established 100 years ago by Philip Dennis (P.D) Cavanna and has been building beautiful new homes across the Westcountry ever since.

We are the largest independent house builder based in the South West and take great pride in constructing quality homes safely and to the highest standard. We are committed to providing you with a home that will be your haven and we are dedicated to delivering excellence in all areas of the build and sales journey.


Wesley Offshore

Backed by experience and fuelled by passion, Wesley Offshore, based at Noss on Dart Marina in Kingswear, provides services dedicated to the scattering of ashes at sea from ex-RNLI lifeboats.

Each event may include live webcasting, video tributes, and personalised music playlists. Liaising directly with funeral directors, celebrants, and families of departed loved ones, we have the expertise to work closely with our clients to deliver a bespoke experience with the appropriate degree of sensitivity.

Commercial Partner

Torbay Gin

Based on the English Riviera, our micro distillery in the heart of Cockington village, Torquay produces a growing range of award winning gins.

Commercial Partner


Szabotage, a global artist, works and lives in the beautiful English Riviera, Devon, adding creativity to the local art scene.

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