Welcome To The EDBI
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.
The aim of See The Future is to make people aware how important it is, not only for their eye test to be regular and consistent but for many other diseases and conditions that can be diagnosed through having an eye test. Conditions like....Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, Strokes, Glaucoma & Rare Eye Cancers.
Please take time to read more about See The Future
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 Alan Marriott (T: 01392 95 2014 or M: 07710 510 462) 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.
The BIG Breakfast 5th June 2015
EDBI’s Big Breakfast speaker comes out of the Wilderness
Adventurer to be joined by Met Office supercomputer boss on June 5
He’s served his country and taken part in the longest polar expedition in British military history - and now Paul Mattin is keen to share his experiences to help East Devon entrepreneurs build better businesses.
Former Royal Marines officer Paul will be a guest speaker at the East Devon Business Initiative’s first Big Breakfast of 2015, which is being held at Woodbury Park on Friday, June 5. Also speaking will be Dave Underwood, deputy director of technology and information services from the Met Office.
Having risen through the ranks from 16-year-old recruit in 1984 to Major, Paul left the Corps in 2008 and set up Wilderness Solutions, a firm providing training and adventure experiences both in the UK and abroad.
He said: “There are many skills and techniques that the military, particularly the Royal Marines, use which I have found can be successfully applied to day-to-day business life. I’m more than happy to share some of these transferable skills with the EDBI and its guests at the Big Breakfast.”
During his military career Paul served in various theatres including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan, and visited 84 different countries on Her Majesty’s service. At the age of 18 he sailed the Atlantic Ocean in a yacht and since then has climbed and skied all over the world.
His most memorable military expedition came in 2007 when with three fellow Commandos he trekked to the South Pole and back – completing the 1,500-mile journey in 71 days, nine fewer than planned.
Today, Paul is still enjoying expeditions with Wilderness Solutions, operating from East Devon. He often helps injured Marines to overcome their disabilities on challenges such as trekking in Nepal’s Everest and Annapurna regions and climbing Kilimanjaro – the world’s highest free-standing volcano.
In September he’ll be returning for his seventh climb there. One previous trip to the summit included a number of badly injured Marines alongside some senior business leaders. Paul said: “People thrive on challenges and climbing Kilimanjaro can be life-enhancing, even life-changing. They want to come back again and again.
“The sense of achievement is incredible, and those taking part can regain their sense of purpose which, of course, I find incredibly rewarding. Seeing a man shake-off his post-traumatic stress disorder, or regain physical confidence after an injury, is priceless.”
Wilderness Solutions also works with TV companies, preparing camera crews and presenters for the dangers they may face while filming in some of the world’s most extreme and hazardous locations. Most recently Paul assisted ITV and Alexander Armstrong with this winter’s Arctic series.
Closer to home, Paul serves as a mentor to young Royal Marine officers, works with the C-Group charity to support injured Marines in need, and has also started working with Westcountry rugby clubs to help players look forward to careers off the pitch once the time comes to hang up their boots.
He said: “In and out of the military I’ve had an incredible career: no two days have been the same. I love what I do, and am happy to share my experiences and help others achieve their business goals.”
EDBI Big Breakfast organiser Jon Axon said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Paul as well as Dave Underwood, the Met Office's deputy director of technology and information services, to our next Big Breakfast. We normally attract representatives of between 80 and 100 businesses from Exeter and East Devon to these events, so we’re sure they’ll find an appreciative audience.”
Mr Underwood will be speaking on the: “New Met Office Supercomputer – An Opportunity for Exeter, the wider South West, and beyond: Find out how the £97m Supercomputer will bring wider economic benefits to Exeter and East Devon as well as enabling more accurate weather forecasts.”
The EDBI’s Big Breakfasts are open networking events. The group normally meets at Woodbury Park on Friday mornings to share business ideas, exchange leads and listen to guests speak on a range of business-related issues.
The Big Breakfast is being held at Woodbury Park on Friday, June 5, from 7.30am and costs £15, booked in advance via the website www.edbi.co.uk. Money will also be being raised for the EDBI’s charity of the year, See The Future.
PAUL’S TOP FIVE TIPS FOR BUSINESS
Former Royal Marines Major Paul Mattin says much of what is taught to the military can be easily transferred to the business arena. Here are his top five tips for business success:
- Establish clarity. Be clear, really clear, on what you need to achieve and where the task or mission is going. Your team can then start their tasks with similar clarity (but are free to get on with the job within your guidelines).
- Trust your team, and delegate. Empower your people to act, and don’t be afraid of delegating. In the Marines there was nothing more frustrating than seeing a young NCO or officer – who is capable of ‘stepping-up’ and making independent decisions – who hasn’t been given the freedom to do so.
- Be appropriate with communications. Use the right channels for the right moments, and again be clear about what has to be achieved (and listen more!).
- Use your ‘leadership toolkit’. There are numerous techniques and styles that you can employ as a leader. Be transformational, use your people’s strengths and enthusiasm – try something new, and embrace fresh ideas.
- Have fun! Many people take everything too seriously, especially those who are leading teams, during tricky circumstances and amidst challenge. If the leader can’t smile – the team certainly won’t! (And perhaps on a higher level the leader is in fact missing the point!)