Women Led Enterprise – The Main Event

Please see the following extract from the Community Council of Devon’s first e-bulletin for the Women Led Enterprise programme.

We are now geared up for a major gathering of enterprising women from across rural Devon and Somerset, which will take place on 11th November 2014 in Cullompton.

On the day there will be:

  • A variety of interactive workshops
  • Inspiring guest speakers
  • Q&A with a panel of experts
  • ‘Open Space’ sessions where you set the agenda
  • A market place showcasing local women’s business

This is a not to be missed one-off event which combines a brilliant networking opportunity, market stalls, training workshops and much more.

Please follow our link here – book now to avoid disappointment! 

Women’s Led Enterprise Programme – Somerset Roadshow

We are chuffed to be working with The Community Council of Devon to deliver this new programme in Somerset as part of the Heart of the South West Business Support Service. As part of the Rural Growth Network in Devon and Somerset (RGN) we are holding launch events in the evening in at The Warehouse Trust, Great Bow Wharf, Langport on the 30th September and Minehead on the 6th October.  Both will be from 6 pm to 8.30 pm – booking essential.  For details of how to book on please follow the Link. Numbers are limited so it will be first come first served. Click here to see the Somerset Event Flyer (pdf)

Happy Participants at Okehampton RGN Workshop!

June the 16th provided a great chance for us to work with Stewart Horne and his team at the BIP and visit the Okehampton Work Hub for the first time too – what a great space! The feedback from the session was really positive and among the comments provided in response to ‘What did you find most useful and why? was;  “learning about the various funding opportunities”.  If you missed the session, don’t worry, there’s one more chance to come and find out what we covered in a short breakfast session on the 3 July back at the Work Hub.  Hope to see you there!

Exeter Business Support – Important Changes

Lorna and Debbie have really enjoyed working as part of the Exeter Business Support Team for the past 4 years, supporting hundreds of start-up and existing social enterprises and co-operatives here in our home City.  However, our contract may be ending at the end of June due to budget reductions at Exeter City Council.

From July forward social enterprises and co-ops will continue to access support through the Exeter Business Support team through Phil Deem who is a very experienced Business Adviser.  The Fruit Tree for Business will still be able to provide a quotation for support to those who require our specialist expertise.

ESSENCE goes farming!

Social Enterprise and Co-operatives group ESSENCE are meeting at Westtown Farm, Ide, EX2 9TG 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm on Tuesday 29th May.

This is the first of the Essence outdoor excursions: it is an opportunity to leave your desk and venture into the countryside to see a social organisation at work.

West Town Farm is a working organic farm near Ide, 3 miles from the centre of Exeter. The farm is part of the Higher Level Stewardship, runs a range of educational and cultural activities and hosts Organic Arts.

On the 29th May we have the opportunity to visit the farm and be taken on a tour by the farmer Andy Bragg. We will bring the picnic, West Town farm will provide a stunning view and all you need is some suitable footwear!

For more information on West Town Farm visit:  http://www.westtownfarm.co.uk 

 To book on to this event please login to the website or email heather@exeterchamber.co.uk

. Please note that there is a priority booking for ESSENCE members and social enterprises / co-operatives.

To join, call or email heather@exeterchamber.co.uk / 01392 411433. Please quote ESSENCE. This meeting is free of charge

 If you are interested in car-sharing, please let us know.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Free Business Advice Sessions in Exmouth and Broadclyst until Mid July

As stage two of our work with the Rural Growth Network we are able to offer free business advice sessions on a one-to-one basis for a small number of new clients in Exmouth and Broadclyst.  If you are, or you know someone who is, grappling with:-

  • identifying needs and opportunities….
  • community entrepreneurship….
  • establishing a co-op or social enterprise…
  • designing innovated solutions to issues in their community….

email debbie@the-fruit-tree.co.uk or call her on 07811 152544 for an informal discussion to start with.

Make the Most of your Marketing – ESSENCE meeting 27 March 3.30pm!

Social Enterprise and Co-operatives group ESSENCE are meeting at The Generator at 11-15 Dix’s Field from 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm on Thursday 27th March. ‘Make the Most of your Marketing’ This meeting is focusing on getting the most out of your marketing on a small budget. There’s a hand-on ‘Writing Desk’ to support you develop your marketing in the session, to learn how both the Chamber and ESSENCE can support your organisation and to get the top tips and tools. This is a chance to share your expertise, learn from more experienced marketeers and support the growth of our local social enterprises and co-ops. So come along to catch-up and network with the group, find out about how to improve your marketing and benefit from the collective wisdom of our local entrepreneurs. To book on to this meeting please login to the website or email heather@exeterchamber.co.uk. Please note that there is priority booking for ESSENCE members and social enterprises/ co-operatives.