East Devon Business Initiative raised £800 for The Project
Each year the EDBI looks to support a local charity and last Friday we were able to invite Debbie Humberstone from The Project along to our meeting and present her with a cheque for £800. It was great to hear from Debbie on how the charity has grown and the number of achievements that it has attained throughout the year. The EDBI would like to wish Debbie and her team continued success and that we'd love to be kept updated with developments and events.
It was great that one of last week's guests passed on their feedback on attending the meeting, why not take a look at what Jon Davey had to say about the EDBI.
Exminster Garage Pays A Visit
Last Friday the EDBI was pleased to welcome along Jo Strachen from Exminster Garage. It was great to hear about a family run business and the issues that they have overcome to become a local success. Not only did Jo impart lots of helpful knowledge on dealing with garages, including main dealers but also gave lots of helpful hints and advice concerning popular motoring issues. What rounded off a great presentation was the inclusion of a quiz where the winner received a prize of a free MOT courtesy of Exminster Garage.
Pictured below is Richard Seymour from Web Bite Design who answered the most questions correctly and scooped the prize.
EDBI (East Devon Business Initiative)
The EDBI (East Devon Business Initiative) is a non-profit making, business club and referral group made up of enterprising small and medium sized businesses in the East Devon and Exeter areas.
We aim to offer something different to other groups - put aside any of your traditional views about 'networking' and enter a scene where the emphasis is nurturing relationships, rather than forcing referrals....
EDBI offers the value added extra of business support and advice as well as a regular schedule of informative and inspirational speakers. Every member has a chance to give a short presentation on their own business so that fellow members can speak knowledgeably about them when coming across a possible lead.
At EDBI we emphasise getting to know and supporting each other in our businesses and maximising business growth opportunities through member referrals. We do have a structure to our meetings and manage the group on a professional basis but the atmosphere remains very friendly and completely 'unstuffy'. We build trust in each other and foster relationships on business and a social level, believing that people buy from people.
The EDBI is currently one of the largest non-profit making business support groups with a healthy, growing membership and avoiding internal competition by allocating membership to only one in each business category.
The Friday EDBI weekly breakfast meetings are held from 7.30 - 9am leaving you with plenty of the day to still effectively run your business. Meetings take place at Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club which offers EDBI members excellent meeting facilities as well as fantastic discounts on leisure memberships as well as the chance for some of our golfing enthusiasts to tee off following our meetings.
Every year the EDBI likes to support and raise funds for local charities.
Why Not Come Along...
You don't need to wait to be invited if you want to come along as a guest to one of our breakfast meetings just contact April and see the benefits for yourself.
Since our first official EDBI breakfast in September 2009 interest in the group and membership growth has exceeded expectations; we now have over 30 members. There is no pressure to bring along guests but every week we have one or more guests attend one of our networking breakfasts.
We regularly invite outside speakers to come along and impart their knowledge and advice.
For a list of forthcoming events and presentations throughout the year please check our EDBI Meeting Schedule for further details.
The EDBI weekly networking breakfasts are held at Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club. These are exciting times for the EDBI as there are major plans to further increase membership. It would appear that we are on to something good and obviously doing something right. It was therefore felt that we needed to look for an alternative venue, one that would cope with the expected increase in club membership but also offer both EDBI members and guests excellent meeting room and function facilities as well as the chance for some of our golfing enthusiasts to tee off following our meetings. For further information view the Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club website.