Meet the Committee

The committee is made up of local businessmen and women who volunteer their time and expertise each month by attending committee meetings, business clubs and socials. We are always seeking new members so if you think you might have something to offer and would like to help, then please get in touch with one of us.

A previous Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Samantha took over the role of Secretary at the start of 2021.
Two days a week you can find her in Totnes working as Office Manager of the Totnes Conservative Association and working closely with our local MP and Councillors.
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James Spencer

Vice Chair Salcombe

Pebbles of Salcombe

Founder and Director of the Pebbles group, growing successful businesses in the UK property, travel and leisure sectors including Pebbles of Salcombe (2004), REFURB (2012) and HolidayHostUK (2019), Chamber Vice Chairman James has been a driving force on the committee for more than a decade.
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Peter Richardson

Treasurer

Utility Warehouse

Peter has had a career in industrial and later consumer goods marketing and in 1997 he became an authorized distributor of Telecomplus a start up company at that time.
Steve is involved with a huge variety of events in the area from the Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival to the Annual Crabfest event in Salcombe.
Alex is currently the Financial Officer for a local law firm. He has worked across varied sectors including Property, Manufacturing, Legal and Financial services; specialising in Management Accounts, Payroll and Bookkeeping. Alex’s interest in IT has led him to be involved in ‘fun’ projects from forensic accounting to data migrations and subsequently is an expert on Excel, Sage, Xero and Quickbooks.

Associate Members

I am the Representative for Modbury and the Chair of Modbury High Street, a group of local businesses who are working together to promote the town of Modbury and to encourage visitors and residents to come to Modbury to shop, eat and explore.
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Jenny Abrahall

Admin Assistant

Jenny is currently in her final year of A-levels at Kingsbridge Community College where she is studying technical theatre, product design and geography as well as an independent research project.

Jenny is working alongside Samantha Dennis to assist with admin with a particular focus on the 'Dress to Impress' project.
Cabinet Member for Economic Recovery and Skills and County Councillor for the electoral division of Salcombe.
Mark was elected to SHDC as an Independent in 2019.

Mark was already well known locally through his work as Salcombe Town Councillor, the Salcombe Information Centre, local harbour board and Cliff House Trust.
Nikki has been with the KSCC as an Associate Member since 2018, her knowledge of Salcombe and the surrounding areas is very valuable and her input to our meetings is more than welcome.
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Cllr Anne Balkwill

Kingsbridge Town Council

Cllr Balkwill has been with the KSCC committee representing Kingsbridge Town Council since 2018 in addition to her position as practice manager at Selworthy Veterinary Group.
I have lived in the South Hams for over 45 years, working mainly in the tourism/hospitality business. I set up and established the Salcombe TIC in 1984, having worked at the Marine Hotel, Thurlestone Hotel in P.R and in conference management in the Cotswolds.

A Brief History of the Chamber

The Kingsbridge and District Chamber of Trade as it was then known was founded in 1949 and quickly acquired a remarkable record of practical achievement in promoting the interests of local businesses.  Its main publication was the “Kingsbridge & South Hams Official Guide”.

Pride was taken in creating a publication that was  …”very far removed from the usual rather brash commercial booklets, being filled with delightful articles on subjects of local interest ranging from bird watching to the ship building industry of the last century.  It is a frank and often humorous little work and deserves its wide numbers of admirers.”  This is a quote from the Kingsbridge & District Trade Exhibition leaflet of 1955 organised by the Chamber.

The Trade Exhibition held in 1955 was one of many events held to promote local businesses.  Mr Jack Tanner, proprietor of Tanners Ladies and Gentlemens outfitters in Fore Street, was one of the driving forces behind this event and was instrumental in helping to achieve the Chamber’s success for four decades after the war.  Other activities included pressing for improvements to the roads, postal services and organising special shopping weeks before Christmas with competitions and lavish window displays.  The accent has always been on “shop local “.

During that period the Chamber held four public meetings a year and an annual black tie dinner and dance at the Albion Hotel at the top of Fore Street now occupied by Marchand Petit.

In the 1980s a small group of local business people, members of the Chamber, decided that tourists needed a central point in the town where local information could be obtained. Thus the Kingsbridge Information Centre was created, initially in a caravan and later in the excellent purpose built structure seen on the Quay today.

The responsibility for producing the guide passed from the Chamber to the Information Centre, now an independent self funding business.  Today’s brilliant publication “Hello Kingsbridge & South Devon” continues to contain many interesting articles and invaluable information plus the advertising that is vital to the continuation of the service.

In subsequent years changes in the membership led to a lower public profile for the Chamber.  This was reversed from around 2005 with the introduction of the “Business Club” meetings.  In 2007 the Chamber’s image was updated with a change of name and a new visual identity including the logo seen elsewhere on this site.  Some Salcombe businesses have always been members but with the high rate of growth of new enterprises there it became attractive to acknowledge this in the name “Kingsbridge & Salcombe Chamber of Commerce”.

Today the Chamber has never had a higher profile across traditional media and now on social networking sites.  The membership has more than doubled and as this process continues it enables the Chamber to speak with an increasingly authoritative voice.