South Molton Business Association

Sadly the Calvert Trust breakfast meeting at their site at Blackmoor Gate on Thursday 26th April at 8.00 has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

The topic of this meeting was on  Social Responsibility, we will hopefully reschedule this at a later date.


The SMBA were pleased to welcome local business and town representatives to their networking event hosted by the Cheese Larder and Real Ale Girls at the Cheese Larder on Friday 16th March. Victoria snd Natasha had matched local ales with local cheeses to provide a unique tasting experience. Both spoke with passion about the delights of their favoured expertise. As tasters we were encouraged to provide our own tasting notes.


Plans are underway to promote South Molton as a business and visitors centre at the 2018 North Devon Show

The SMBA are keen to encourage local supply chains and we will build on this success with further opportunities to showcase local businesses and produce.

Hopefully The North Devon Show will not be rained off this year!


The AGM of the SMBA is scheduled for May 10th with venue to be agreed. Due to the success of SMBA organised events we are in the happy position of offering free membership. We do, however, ask businesses to sponsor and support events as they feel fit throughout the year.

Please contact Michael Buckingham on mabucking@aol.com if you have any ideas for future meetings or burning topics you wish to have discussed.


Stall reservations for 2018 Christmas Festival Friday 30th November in South Molton Pannier Market

With the confirmation of the date for our 2018 event, we thought we would publish the stall reservation form early this year.

Stalls are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The Pannier Market layout will be the same as in previous years, with traders being offered frontage only, in multiples of 10ft tables.

South Molton Business Association traditionally hold their Winter Wonderland spectacular every year in the Pannier Market in South Molton.

The funds raised from this event are used to promote South Molton Town and the surrounding businesses throughout the year. South Molton Business Association is run voluntarily by an Executive Team and as such do not seek to gain personal profit through the organisation of events.


Membership fees are suspended:

All membership fees have been suspended until March 2018 when the Executive Team will review membership structure.

This is an opportunity for South Molton businesses to join free of charge for a limited period.

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Events from 2017

Be extraordinary not ordinary 6th July @ Eaton Aerospace Limited

Eaton, one of the largest employers in our area, generously made South Molton Business Association very welcome at their premises on Pathfields.

After an  introduction and insight into the ethos and working practices of Eaton we were handed over to Janet Phillips, Director of ‘anew South West‘, who delivered her presentation on:

Customer Service – Be extraordinary not ordinary!

In brief, the interactive session, showed how the culture of a business is reflected in the way it handles communication to the general public, inter company liaison and business to business transactions. It was pointed out that empowering staff from the bottom up (in a company structure) enables a more cohesive representation of ‘the brand’ in the public’s perception of a product and / or company. Read more...

SMBA would like to thank Janet and Eaton Aerospace Limited for a successful evening and for also giving us an opportunity to network with members and friends in a different business environment.


We were delighted that our meeting in June was hosted by Paddy Wallace at Quince Honey Farm on Thursday 8th June 2017.

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The honey tasted marvellous…

Now one of the leading honey farms in Britain, Quince Honey Farm is a family run business, first established in 1949 by Paddy’s father, George. Paddy shared with us, the history of the farm, how it has developed over the years and plans for the future as one of North Devon’s key tourist attractions. Paddy also discussed the highs and lows of running the business and the challenges that have been overcome along the way and how the Link Road diverted the tourist traffic away from the centre of South Molton, consequently influencing the decisions being made now to safeguard the future of their business. Read more…

By working together we can build and expand to help make South Molton more vital to the economy of Devon.

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For more information on joining please go to Join SMBA

South Molton is one of the largest towns in North Devon and a focal point for the surrounding 32 parishes. The remit of the SMBA is to promote investment in the town and surrounding parishes, encourage commercial growth and prosperity for the business community and general populace as a whole. SMBA aims to be a positive and inclusive Association representing businesses and businesspeople from all sectors; one that works closely with other bodies and organisations currently promoting the area and providing services to the local community.


The Association is also a lobbying group, giving the business community an effective voice across both the private and public sectors.

SMBA are currently seeking views from members and non members as how best the Association can meet its aims and support members and we would be delighted to hear your views too. Take our survey…

Promoting investment and commercial growth