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Autumn Extravaganza – Friends of South Molton Community College – October 2017

Friends of South Molton Community College Autumn Extravaganza event  will be taking place Thursday 19th October, between 6pm and 9pm .

‘The purpose of The Friends of SMCC is to raise funds to support our students and we are presently a small group of dedicated staff and parents who give up their own time to run events including school reunions, and Christmas and Summer Fairs.

As I am sure you are aware, we moved into our new school building earlier this year, and we would like to showcase our wonderful new building as well as promote local business and enterprise. With this in mind we intend to have an “Autumn Extravaganza – Showcasing Local Business and Enterprise” evening on Thursday 19th October, between 6pm and 9pm where we hope local businesses will have a small stall in our Atrium advertising their products and services. Each business/stall holder will have to pay £10 for their pitch, but anything they sell or take on the night will be theirs. This will be a fantastic opportunity for your members to promote their businesses in that vital run up to Christmas.

We hope to combine this with an Open Evening so that members of the community can have tours of our new school, along with refreshments and a raffle, so we’re hoping that the event will attract many local families. Because this will be a family event we do ask that businesses refrain from serving alcohol. We also hope to have a small number of side rooms available for demos e.g. massage or beauty therapies.

If anyone would like more details or would like to book a pitch, they can contact us on

Sarah Sauerzapf – Secretary of The Friends of SMCC

Stall reservations for 2017 Winter Wonderland – booking form – #ndevon #christmas #southmolton

christmas_treeWinter Wonderland 2017

Stall reservations for 2017 Christmas Festival

Friday 1st December South Molton Pannier Market

This year there will be traditional rides, live music and children’s entertainment in the Square to compliment the late night shopping in the Pannier Market and around the town. The Fatstock Show will run independently on Sunday. St Mary Magdalene Church are hosting the Christmas Tree Festival for 5 days, including the weekend.

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 10 ft 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.

Customer Service – be extraordinary not ordinary – SMBA – meeting 6th July at 5.45pm #devonbusiness

Customer Service

Be extraordinary not ordinary 6th July at 5.45pm

@ Eaton Aerospace Limited,

Eaton, one of the largest employers in our area have generously offered to host this South Molton Business Association event at their premises on Pathfields. Due to the nature of their business we do need to close the delegate list 24 hours prior to the event so please contact: or telephone 07767 767139 (places limited). This is an ideal opportunity for you and any key staff you may employ to develop these essential business skills.

Address:  Pathfields Business Park, Station Rd,

South Molton EX36 3DW

Members of SMBA have made us aware of their need to constantly review and improve customer care, whether through face-to-face transactions (retail/professional services) or within supply chains. South Molton Business Association have organised a talk by Janet Phillips, Director of ‘anew South West‘, who will be delivering the presentation:

Customer Service – Be extraordinary not ordinary!

Surveys show that 8 out of 10 people would choose a brand because of better customer service over price. Good customer service is important to every business in every sector, but being extraordinary is vital to thrive. Where is your differentiator? Join Janet for a journey of discovery into customer service insights.

Janet is an experienced, licenced Professional Coach & Trainer, having delivered services to major high street banks, utilities service businesses and many others within the tourism, retail, hospitality, manufacturing and engineering sectors. She is licenced to deliver 7 accredited Customer Service courses, from Principles of Customer Service, Customers with Disabilities, Service Across Cultures through to Supervisory and Management courses, along with the Ambassador Workshop which was also used to train personnel for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Further details and to book a place on the above events contact or telephone 07767 767139 (places limited).

The session will last an hour and will be interactive. Eaton have generously offered to provide post session refreshments. This is an ideal opportunity to network with other local businesses.


SMBA will be represented at the North Devon Show – 2nd August 2017

North Devon ShowSMBA will be present at the North Devon Show on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 in the Arcade, to promote South Molton and the surrounding parishes. This will include highlighting South Molton as a tourist and shopping destination, as well as showcasing some of the great products produced and sold from the area – both locally and nationally, as well as services.

North Devon Show Promotion

If you would like to promote your business at the show contact us and we will hand out your flyers and business cards.

For more information please contact

Latest proposals for North Devon Link Road improvements #southmolton #ndevon

The road infrastructure of our area is probably the most testing obstacle to local businesses trying to grow as ‘National Brands’.

No improvements have been carried out between Tiverton and South Molton at this stage. Work has happened between Bideford and Barnstaple but unfortunately this does not help South Molton in the short term.

There is a ‘Link Road’ consultation exhibition at the Amory Centre (South Molton) on Friday 23rd June 2017 – 12pm to 8pm.

Public Consultation Begins 9th June

Devon County Council is consulting on a scheme to improve the section of the NDLR between Borners’s Bridge Junction on the A361 north of South Molton and Heywood Road Roundabout on the A39 north of Bideford to help inform further design work and develop a preferred option.

Public consultation exhibitions are being held at the following locations to provide information and to give you the opportunity to ask any questions.

Green Lanes (Barnstaple):
Friday 16th June 20179am to 5pm
Saturday 17th June 20179am to 5pm

Town Hall (Bideford)
Tuesday 20th June 201712pm to 8pm

Amory Centre (South Molton)
Friday 23rd June 201712pm to 8pm

Unmanned Exhibition
Bideford Room – Taw View, Barnstaple
Monday 24th July 2017 – Friday 28th July 2017

You can also view and respond to the proposals online from 9th June to 28th July 2017 at: