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Businesses sign up to Conference

16 Sep 2015

THE seventh International Conference on Global Geoparks 2016 being held in Torquay has announced chartered accountants Francis Clark and the Devon School of English as sponsors.

Being held in Great Britain for the first time, the conference, under the patronage of international environmental organisation UNESCO, will welcome delegates from 32 countries. It is expected it will pump more than £1.4million into Torbay's economy.

Global Geoparks work to develop sustainable communities, with a focus on eco-tourism and science education as well as active community engagement. The English Riviera was granted the status of Global Geopark in 2007, receiving international recognition for its rich geological, historical and cultural heritage.

Paul Butler, partner at Francis Clark said: "We are delighted to be supporting this important event, that will not only bring tourism income to Torbay but will also give local businesses an international profile. To help other Torbay businesses find out how they can become involved and benefit from the conference, we are hosting a seminar at Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves, Torquay, which will start at 5.30pm on Tuesday, September 29."

The Devon School of English will be offering conference delegates official Geopark–focused language courses in the run up to the conference start. Managing Director Paul Hawthorne said: " Since we began in 1972 we have always featured what makes the Bay so special, and combining learning English with our geological setting is a perfect opportunity for us to offer something unique to the truly international Geopark delegates. "

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