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South Molton Business Association – July + August Newsletter

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Welcome to our New Members

We have had several new members join South Molton Business Association during July. Our membership now covers a more diverse range of businesses, skills and professions. We have updated our membership page… Continue reading

Please contact us if the link to your business website is missing or incorrect on the SMBA website’s ‘Members’ page.


Winter Wonderland 2017

We will be publishing a booking form for our Christmas Event on our website within the next 14 days. If you want to have a trade stand please get the form back to us ASAP – the allocation of spaces is done on a first come, first served basis. Publication of the form will be announced via our website and on our Facebook page.


The North Devon Show – Washout

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It was a big shame that the North Devon weather prevented The North Devon Show from happening this year. South Molton Business Association had geared up to promote members and other businesses in our area at the event. We are now looking for alternative opportunities / shows to promote South Molton Business…


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Following on from conversations with members and other businesses in our area we were asked to lobby our local MP regarding the disrupted use of the Link Road during July and beyond.

A copy of the letter received from Peter Heaton-Jones MP can be found here.

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South Molton Business Association – March Newsletter

south_molton_food_2017South Molton Business Association will be hosting, South Molton Food Fest, Sunday 2nd April 2017 in the Pannier Market.

Expect loads of food and drink stalls, showcasing both fresh produce as well as many different delicious cooked foods, be that hog roasts, curries, or traditional fayre such as breads, pies and pastries. As well as a plethora of savouries the aim is to fill the market with stalls selling mouth watering cakes, biscuits, and fruit filled jams and spicy chutneys. And as the area is fortunate to have cider and fruit juice producers, there will be the opportunity to try a real Devon tipple and locally produced ales.

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Notes on our March Meeting by David Walker

On Friday 3rd March, Peter Heaton-Jones MP was guest speaker.

Peter Heaton-Jones MP thanked the SMBA for organising and inviting him to South Molton and Mole Valley Farmers for hosting the evening and then began his talk.

First mention was the Budget (which hadn’t been announced at the time) pointing out that this would to be the last Spring one we were going to have. A steady as you go budget was predicted from Phillip Hammond who he felt was not as flashy as our previous chancellor.

Brexit is the “elephant in the room”, the implications, costs and effects are unknown as yet. Peter Heaton-Jones’s personal message to ministers was to try and end uncertainty as uncertainty kills business and consumer confidence.

During the Brexit negotiations we must not forget about real people, real jobs, real businesses.

The devaluation in the pound is good for exporters but imported goods and raw materials are now more expensive. The North Devon economy is strong, as is the rest of the UK economy but uncertainty lies ahead.

The Business Rates Review has seen a lot of “fake news”. Peter Heaton-Jones MP was worried about the Business Rate Review and its implications. 75% local of businesses will see a reduction or no change in their rates – for those businesses who will see a rate rise he will work with them to seek transitional relief. North Devon overall fares well with an 8.9% reduction in Business Rates

Tourism:

Visitor economy in North Devon is buoyant, the weak pound means people are more likely to holiday in the UK, bringing more visitors to our area from home and abroad. There are opportunities to be had in these transitional times.

Farming:

Farming is still a vital part of the North Devon economy and a major issue in the Brexit negotiations. The Government has guaranteed to continue with existing farm subsidies until 2020 and DEFRA is working on a 25 year plan for farming.

Local Issues:

South Molton Neighbourhood Plan is being drafted and it is vital that businesses and individuals have their say in steering the plan and its contents.

The expansion of Pathfields Industrial Estate was positive and Peter Heaton-Jones was being proactive in seeking  “seed” finance for infrastructure and development.

The North Devon and Torridge plan is in the process of being agreed and it is vital to get this in place, to stop developer speculation on sensitive sites.

Challenges:
1. Brexit.
2. North Devon Link Road (A361), must be improved.
3. Broadband delivery to rural areas.
4. NHS – a challenge to deliver first class service at a time of increasing and diversifying demands within financial constraints.

Optimism:
1. We do not sing or shout about our “great businesses” here in North Devon. WE must.
2. Invest in North Devon.
3. Do business in North Devon.

A few Q&A’s:
Kevin Venison – Storage For Crafts & Corn Dolly- asked about EU Grants for business such as Leader 5 and would this still be available post Brexit? PH-J said that he did not know as yet and this is an example of the uncertainty.

Ian Cowling – Bishops Nympton councillor & Lynton to Barnstaple Railway- pointed out the 30% rise in business rates for Chelfham Station – PH-J to assist.

Andrew Jackson: CEO of Mole Valley Farmers – pointed out that the inadequate Link Road was causing staffing issues at H/Q in particular and could force their hand to consider relocation.

The poor quality of the road infrastructure was a serious issue with people traveling to and from work, some commuting for more than 50 miles.

The evening continued with many more questions…

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Membership is open to all – from sole traders to multi-million pound Plc’s. Annual membership is just £60, which is reduced to £25 per annum for traders from the town’s Pannier Market or interested individuals. More information…

 

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South Molton Business Association – February Newsletter

March Meeting

Mole Valley Farmers (situated on Pathfields Business Park, South Molton) will host our SMBA event on Friday 3rd March @ 6.45.  Peter Heaton-Jones MP will be our speaker. Read more…

Please contact Michael Buckingham at mabucking@aol.com or on 07973 803740 for more information and to confirm your place.


Membership News – Offer

  • Membership will run from 1st April each year – the annual subscription year being 1st April to 31st March of the following year.
  • As an incentive, new members joining now, would pay a 12 month subscription but be offered membership until 31st March 2018.
  • Existing members, on the renewal date would be offered a pro rata membership to bring them into line with the annual subscription year.

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South Molton Business Association will be hosting, South Molton Food Fest, Sunday 2nd April 2017 in the Pannier Market.

south_molton_food_2017Download the Application Form if you want to join in.

Expect loads of food and drink stalls, showcasing both fresh produce as well as many different delicious cooked foods, be that hog roasts, curries, or traditional fayre such as breads, pies and pastries.  As well as a plethora of savouries the aim is to fill the market with stalls selling mouth watering cakes, biscuits, and fruit filled jams and spicy chutneys.  And as the area is fortunate to have cider and fruit juice producers, there will be the opportunity to try a real Devon tipple and locally produced ales.


South Molton Arts Destination Project – The Chairman met with Pete Newell the author of the final document to discuss the Arts Destination Project . SMBA are happy to support this initiative. It is proposed that a wide ranging menu of Art related experiences will be put before the Town Council, with the aim of promoting both the Arts and South Molton. This proposal may not bring an influx of money into South Molton but it would undoubtedly, with care and consideration, improve the ‘well-being’ of the town.


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South Molton Neighbourhood Plan – The Chairman met with Maria Bailey and agreed to  represent SMBA at their February Meeting, held in the Amory Centre in South Molton on Monday 6th February 2016.

This project covers a wide ranging set of local issues – more details here.

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Membership is open to all – from sole traders to multi-million pound Plc’s.  Annual membership is just £60, which is reduced to £25 per annum for traders from the town’s Pannier Market or interested individuals. More information…

 

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South Molton Business Association – Christmas Newsletter

We would like to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas…

As part of the membership aims of South Molton Business Association we have already organised two events to kick start 2017:

  1. A social opportunity for local businesses to find out more about the revitalised SMBA. Bray Valley Wine have kindly offered to host this event which will include a wine tasting. Start time 5.30 on the 12th January 2017 (see below).
  2. Our local MP Peter Heaton-Jones has kindly agreed to lead a meeting to explain how government policy can encourage local business retention and growth.This event is on Thursday 9th February 2017 at 6.30. Venue to be agreed.

South Molton Business Association will be holding an open evening, for members and non members on Thursday 12th January at 5:30pm start at Bray Valley Wine, 1 Westhill, Pathfields Business Park. This will be an opportunity to informally meet members of the Executive Committee and discuss how SMBA can help your business and maybe sample some fine wines. Continue reading…


VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF SCHOOL GOVERNOR (VOLUNTARY) The Governing Body of South Molton Community Primary School (formerly known as the Infant School) is actively looking to appoint one or more new governors to their governing body. The school is currently transitioning to become a primary school. Continue reading…


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Winter Wonderland 2016 was possibly the best ever Christmas event we have been involved in and preparations for 2017 are already in the pipeline.

Thankfully the weather was kind to us and the event was well supported by locals and visitors from further afield. They made the event a success by supporting the traders inside and outside the Pannier Market. The local hostelries and shops were also doing a roaring trade, all contributing and helping to making the heart of South Molton beat a little louder.

The arrival of BBC TV into South Molton showed the rest of the South West what South Molton has to offer. Their coverage of the whole town was a shot in the arm for South Molton’s businesses and traders.

SMBA would like to thank everyone who supported and attended The 2016 Winter Wonderland event and we will hopefully see you all again in December 2017!

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Other News

Read the notes from the Executive Team Meeting which was held on Thursday 8th December 2016. Winter Wonderland breakdown and membership discount. Liasing with the local council… Continue reading

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There are unsubstantiated rumours going around the town that the accounts of South Molton Business Association for 2014 /15 are incorrect.

No evidence has been placed before the Executive Committee to prove or substantiate these allegations. Should such evidence exist we would like to be informed immediately and we will take the appropriate action. Copies of accounts are available to members of SMBA. Please treat these unsubstantiated rumours as ‘gossip’.

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The benefits of joining South Molton Business Association include:

  • Opportunity to network with other business people in the locality
  • Opportunity to be the guest speaker at meetings
  • Ability to interact, advertise and network on our website
  • Opportunity to share best practice
  • Opportunity to input on local policy at Town, District and County levels
  • Free or preferential rates for training/information seminars
  • Opportunity to utilise SMBA Facebook page
  • Facility to send 4 promotional emails per year to those on the SMBA mailing list for only £10
  • 50% discount off advertising rates on the Town Map situated on the enhancement
  • Facility to send out promotional material via Sanders Newsagent at only £25
  • Free website appraisal by System Culture Limited
  • Advertise jobs available in your company on the Situations Vacant page
  • Promote Offers to other members and general public

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 opinions.

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South Molton Business Association – December Newsletter

A whole weekend of shopping and entertainment in South Molton. The Pannier Market will be host to a varied selection of stalls and local businesses, all the stalls for the Winter Wonderland have been allocated so this year Friday 2nd December will prove to be the best late night shopping extravaganza of all time … Continue reading

SMBA Winter Wonderland 2016

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Winter Wonderland 2016

This year our Winter Wonderland event is taking place on Friday 2nd December in the Pannier Market, South Molton.

There will be traditional rides, live music and children’s entertainment in the square to complement the late night shopping around the town and in the pannier market – St Mary Magdalene Church will run the ever popular Christmas Tree Festival from 1st December for 5 days and on Sunday 4th December the Fatstock Show will be held.

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Other News

Read the notes from the Executive Team Meeting Thursday 3rd November 2016 … Continue reading
If you would like to join SMBA … Continue reading

Download our membership form

The benefits of joining South Molton Business Association include:

  • Opportunity to network with other business people in the locality
  • Opportunity to be the guest speaker at meetings
  • Ability to interact, advertise and network on our website
  • Opportunity to share best practice
  • Opportunity to input on local policy at Town, District and County levels
  • Free or preferential rates for training/information seminars
  • Opportunity to utilise SMBA Facebook page
  • Facility to send 4 promotional emails per year to those on the SMBA mailing list for only £10
  • 50% discount off advertising rates on the Town Map situated on the enhancement
  • Facility to send out promotional material via Sanders Newsagent at only £25
  • Free website appraisal by System Culture Limited
  • Advertise jobs available in your company on the Situations Vacant page
  • Promote Offers to other members and general public

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.

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