Executive Team Meeting 27th April 2017
Offices of David Walker at John Walker Insurance Ltd, 6 Broad St, South Molton EX36 3AB.
Present: Peter Bright, David Walker, Michael Buckingham, and Suzanne Brown
Guests: Michael O’Brien, Bon Bons – proposed member of Executive Team
- Minutes of last meeting dated 16th March 2017 – accuracy and sign off
Agreed and signed by Chair
- Actions from last meeting
SMBA Constitution posted on website
SMBA supported South Molton Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation with developing and implementing an on-line survey
Peter Heaton-Jones event – report in both SMBA newsletter and Molton Monthly Magazine
SMBA newsletter – first spotlight on a member – Source for the Goose – well received
- Chairs report
Attended a South Molton Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation meeting in April, the questionnaire process has come to an end at the end. On behalf of South Molton business Association I developed the on-line questionnaire which proved effective in getting responses from younger sections of our community.
We have been approached by Devon Chamber of Commerce to ‘get involved’ – further information required
- Financial update
David Walker reported that the bank account currently stands at just over £4000. All the Food Fest invoices and receipts have been banked.
Davisons have confirmed that the draft accounts for 2016/17 will be available in the coming week, for review by the Executive Team prior to the AGM.
- AGM preparation
This is members only event. The Oak Room at the Amory Centre has been booked for the 18th May with a start time for the AGM of 6:30pm.
All members to be emailed an invitation to the AGM, together with the agenda and nomination form by 3rd May 2017.
SMBA achievements to be collated for the AGM and then to form a document for all current and prospective members.
List of potential future events for members to indicate interest.
A report post AGM would also be submitted to the district and Parish Councils.
Food Fest – 2nd April
30 stalls booked with 2 no shows on the day and small profit made. Feedback from the stall holders was that it was a worthwhile event. It is recognised that it will take some time for the momentum to pick up as this was the first Food Fest for a little while and needs to get re-established. The Committee agreed that another Food Fest would be run next year, with plans to bring in more people.
Quince Honey Farm – 8th June
Since the date had been agreed the General Election had been called. Post meeting note – P Wallace approached about changing date, but is happy to continue with 8th June as planned. Event now needs advertising.
Extraordinary Service – 5th July (TBA) T&D event
It was agreed that the one hour presentation/workshop on Customer Service – ‘Be extraordinary not ordinary’ would proceed led by Janet Philips Director of anew South West. Action: to secure a venue.
Events for September, October, November.
To be decided after the AGM
South Molton Open for Business
- SMBA Newsletter – Profiling the SMBA members
April profile of Source for the Goose, received a positive reception
May suggested Wiltshire Farm Foods
- Membership review and update
Anew South West are wishing to join SMBA, a membership form etc to be sent.
Membership drive planned for after the AGM.
Membership opportunities e.g. 10% discount with Molton Monthly to be publicised.
- SMBA Strategy
North Devon Manufacturing Association have approached SMBA for a raffle prize for their Awards evening on 18th May. It was agreed that a hamper of goods from members would be sourced.
Shop Local, shop South Molton – Micheal O’Brien explained the rationale behind the group to increase footfall and business in the centre of the town and it was felt that there were clear synergies with SMBA. The idea to produce a South Molton map was discussed and the SMBA indicated their potential support in terms of some funding.
- Date of next Executive Team meeting
To be arranged post AGM