EDBI (East Devon Business Initiative)
The EDBI (East Devon Business Initiative) is a non-profit making, networking and referral group made up of enterprising small and medium sized businesses in the East Devon and Exeter areas.
We aim to offer something different to other groups - put aside any of your traditional views about networking and enter a scene where the emphasis is nurturing relationships, rather than forcing referrals....
EDBI offers the value added extra of business support and advice as well as a regular schedule of informative and inspirational speakers. Every member has a chance to give a short presentation on their own business so that fellow members can speak knowledgeably about them when coming across a possible lead.
At EDBI we emphasise getting to know and supporting each other in our businesses and maximising business growth opportunities through member referrals. We do have a structure to our meetings and manage the group on a professional basis but the atmosphere remains very friendly and completely 'unstuffy'. We build trust in each other and foster relationships on business and a social level, believing that people buy from people.
The EDBI is currently one of the largest non-profit making business support groups with a healthy, growing membership and avoiding internal competition by allocating membership to only one in each business category.
The Friday EDBI weekly networking breakfasts are held from 7.30 - 9am leaving you with plenty of the day to still effectively run your business. Meetings take place at Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club which offers EDBI members excellent meeting facilities as well as fantastic discounts on leisure memberships as well as the chance for some of our golfing enthusiasts to tee off following our meetings.
Every year the EDBI likes to support and raise funds for local charities. This year we have chosen to support the project.
Why Not Come Along...
You don't need to wait to be invited if you want to come along as a guest to one of our breakfast meetings just contact April and see the benefits for yourself.
Since our first official EDBI breakfast in September 2009 interest in the group and membership growth has exceeded expectations; we now have over 30 members. There is no pressure to bring along guests but every week we have one or more guests attend one of our networking breakfasts.
We regularly invite outside speakers to come along and impart their knowledge and advice.
For a list of forthcoming events and presentations throughout the year please check our EDBI Meeting Schedule for further details.
The EDBI weekly networking breakfasts are held at Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club. These are exciting times for the EDBI as there are major plans to further increase membership. It would appear that we are on to something good and obviously doing something right. It was therefore felt that we needed to look for an alternative venue, one that would cope with the expected increase in club membership but also offer both EDBI members and guests excellent meeting room and function facilities as well as the chance for some of our golfing enthusiasts to tee off following our meetings. For further information view the Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club website.
BREXIT? The Financial and Economic consequences....
If you are still undecided about the implications of leaving or remaining part of the EU when you vote in the Referendum on 23rd June then you definitely do not want to miss this EDBI breakfast event. Senior European Fund Manager David Coombs will give us an impartial insight into the the pro's and con's - both of staying in the EU, and of leaving.
David is head of multi-asset investments at Rathbone Unit Trust Management and joined Rathbones in 2007. He is a member of the Investment Executive Committee as well as the Strategic Asset Allocation Committee. He is the lead manager for the Rathbone Multi-Asset Portfolios and the offshore equivalents domiciled in Jersey. He is also co-manager for the Rathbone Strategic Bond Fund. He previously worked at Barings for almost 20 years where he managed institutional and private clients via pooled vehicles and segregated accounts. He joined Barings in 1988 from Hambros, where he managed multimanager portfolios for private clients. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Financial Services.
Tickets are just £7 - with all profits going to our charity of the year The Project (www.theprojectyp.org.uk). Please note: Full English Breakfast is an additional £13 payable on the day. There are only 50 tickets available for this event so please book asap to avoid disappointment.
- Woodbury Park Hotel and Golf Club - Woodbury, EX5 1JJ - View Map
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