Community Grants scheme open today

South West Foundation has opened their small grant programme for small charitable organisations to apply for up to £1000. It’s for charities with annual running costs of less than £25,000 and the focus is on charities that address the needs of their community by engaging people in community activities either as volunteers or as people benefiting from the funded activities. For more details

DEBI Awards 2015

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DEBI 2014 Award Winners. Front: St Sidwells Primary School, Back: Real Food Store, Brian O’Brien (Environmental Champion) ECI Bike Bank, Twool and DEBI Chairman Andy Vickery

The Devon Environmental Business Initiative (DEBI) Awards is open for entries.

The DEBI Awards, which have been running for over two decades, recognise businesses and other organisations across the county that are attaining high standards of environmental care in their day-to-day operations.

After a successful focus on environmental degradation in 2014, this year’s theme will be ‘Celebrate Devon’. Continue reading “DEBI Awards 2015”

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)

School Farm CSA – looking for supporters!

Please read the appeal below from one of our clients and pass on the word to those who might be keen to support this great social enterprise:

In recognition of our ‘enlightened’ agricultural approach, School Farm Community Supported Agriculture has been awarded match funding for our crowd funding campaign from the A-team Foundation and The Fund for Enlightened Agriculture.  This means that for every £1 you donate, School Farm CSA will receive £2.

We have already raised £2,475 of our £6,800 target, which leaves a further £4,300 to raise by February 17th.  We would really appreciate any donation you can make, as well as your help to spread the word!  Remember, every £1 you donate will be doubled in value!  There are various rewards in return for your donation, as well as the knowledge that you are supporting a good cause. Visit our crowd funding page to find out how you can support us: www.buzzbnk.org/SchoolFarmCSA

ESSENCE and The Chamber, Special Event, 10th October

It sounds like the title of a Harry Potter book but it’s our local social enterprise and co-operative network making the really positive move to come under the Exeter Chamber of Commerce. We’re delighted! It’s great news to have the marketing and administration clout of The Chamber and members benefit from extra networking opportunities, more events and marketing opportunities to other Chamber members.

There’s a special celebratory event on Thursday 10th October, 6pm – 8pm. For more details, click here