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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

LEADER 5 Torridge and North Devon

The information below is taken from LEADER 5 Torridge and North Devon‘s latest email newsletter:

Flying start-ups!

Do you want to work for yourself but  worry whether you are ready?

North Devon+ has developed a series of low cost, short courses, to be held in March that will help you start your business successfully, legally and profitably.

Whether you are nearly ready to start your business or you are in the first year of trading these workshops will make sure you are on the right track, with friendly help from experienced business advisers.

For more information and to book click here

RDPE Growth Programme launched

The LEADER 5 programme issues grants (for business) of up to 40% of eligible project costs to a maximum of £35k. If you have a larger project that will create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy, you could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant.

There are 3 types of grant:

  • Business development
  • Food processing
  • Rural tourism infrastructure

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is holding a briefing event on the 24th March for rural businesses and organisations wishing to apply for grants through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme. To register for this free event click here

For more information, guidance and application forms for the Growth Programme  click here

The future of STEM in North Devon

Would you like to help inspire the next generation in Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and careers?

There is an evening networking event at RHS Garden Rosemoor for employers, teachers and STEM ambassadors. The event is free but booking is essential.

To register for this event please click here

North Devon+ helping businesses

Do you need support to develop your new business, or help your business grow? 

North Devon+ have a range of free business support options for you. From start up, one to one support or business growth advice, get in contact with the business support team. To find out more email

South Molton Food Fest Sunday 2nd April 2017 – download form #ndevon #southmolton

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


Download the Application Form if you wish to have a stall

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.

To book and secure your stall for Sunday 2nd April 2017 South Molton Food, please download and complete the form.  Either post the form enclosing a cheque payable to “South Molton Business Association” or email the form and pay by BACS with the reference “Food fest”.  Full details on timings etc will be sent with receipts appproximately 2 weeks prior to the event.

Prices for one day in the pannier market are inclusive of table hire:

10′ frontage  =  £30.00                    20′ frontage  =  £60.00                          Electricity = £5.00

Instructions on how to pay etc. are on the form


North Devon+ 2017 update

The information below is taken from North Devon+’s latest email newsletter:

The LEADER 5 team are looking forward to 2017 with new and innovative applications arriving in the office every week. The LEADER 5  Applicant Handbook has been updated and is an excellent starting point, if you wish to see if your project is suitable for LEADER 5 funding. Once you have checked the handbook and our website and believe you have a good project that would benefit the local economy, please get in contact with the LEADER team on 01237 426423 or by email on

The team will be spending January developing some workshops to help potential projects with the application process.

Funding for Woodland Creation

The Forestry Commission through their Woodland Carbon Fund are offering grants to support the planting of multipurpose, predominantly productive woodlands which are over 30 ha in size. These grants will be used to provide opportunities for woodland owners to work in partnership at a landscape scale, to improve public access to woodland and to achieve wider national environmental outcomes. The grant rate (%) is dependent on whether you will allow public access to the woodland and where your woodland will be located – with priority areas for North Devon and Torridge around Barnstaple, Bideford and Ilfracombe. For more information and how to apply click here

Community Buildings

The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Buildings fund provides revenue and capital funding for land and buildings projects in England that cost more than £100,000. If your community building project will be less than £100,000 there is the Reaching Communities fund. The focus is on revitalising existing community buildings (where possible)  based in the most deprived ‘Lower Super Output Areas’ in England. To check if you are eligible and for more information on each fund click here

Special deals for SMBA members #ndevon #southmolton

The benefits of joining South Molton Business Association:

  • Opportunity to network with other business people in the locality.
  • Ability to interact, advertise and network on our website.
  • Your business featured on our website and Facebook page.
  • Opportunity to input on local policy at Town, District and County levels.
  • Free or preferential rates for training/information seminars.
  • Opportunity to share best practice.
  • Opportunity to be the guest speaker at meetings.
  • Opportunity to utilise SMBA Facebook page.
  • Facility to send 4 promotional emails per year to those on the SMBA mailing list for only £10.00.
  • 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.

South Molton Business Asociation is open to anyone planning to start or run a business in South Molton or one of the 32 parishes which surround it. SMBA’s main aim is to promote inward investment and encourage commercial growth and prosperity for the business community as a whole. SMBA is also a lobbying/campaigning group to ensure that the business community has an effective voice across both the private and the public sector.

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.

Download our membership form