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.
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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.
2015 AGM + Committee Elections
With the EDBI AGM only a few weeks away (27th November 2015), it's time for the members to start to think about who they would like to see on the EDBI committee. There are plenty of roles on offer, some taking up more time and resources than others but either way each role is pivotal to the continuing success of the EDBI.
The committee roles are as follows:-
The role of Chairman is to run the meeting and to act as a figurehead for the group and to liaise with all committee members.
The role of Vice Chairman is to support the Chairman and to stand in and cover this role in the event of absence of the Chairperson and to support other roles within the committee.
This job involves keeping the EDBI website up to date with members details and profiles. Posting information about the meeting venue and speakers. The webmaster creates and distributes the weekly EDBI newsletter.
The treasurer is responsible for providing end of year accounts in September, collecting the weekly meeting fees from members, paying Woodbury Park for the breakfasts and ensuring numbers tally with the information received from the meetings and bookings co-ordinator. The treasurer also keeps an eye on the monthly balance and collects membership forms, payment and passes this information to The Webmaster.
The secretary takes minutes at all meetings and distributes to the committee and members as appropriate. They also hold information about all members.
Looking to join the EDBI? The membership co-ordinator handles your application and covers your membership benefits.
Weekly Programme Manager
This role involves communicating with members of EDBI about the speaker programme, asking members to do a 10 minute slot, to initiate contact with potential speakers and to draw up a programme a month in advance. The programme of events then needs to be submitted to the Webmaster. The Programme Event Manager must liaise with the speaker prior to their appointment ensuring they know exactly where and when they are talking.
Special Events Manager
This role involves organising the BIG Breakfasts and Trade Shows that we look to run each year.
Woodbury Liaison and Membership Development Officer
This job involves seeking out potential new members and contacting them to invite them along to a meeting, making sure they have a leaflet about membership with an application form. They are in charge of the Business Card Box and ensuring it is kept up to date. They must also follow up after the meeting getting feedback from visitors and asking if they would like to visit again, or join EDBI.
Social Events Co-Ordinator
This role involves organising social events and sending out information to members and the Webmaster for inclusion in the weekly newsletter.
PR and Marketing
This job involves promoting the EDBI through advertising and writing articles and press releases.
Social Media Co-ordinator
This role involves promoting the EDBI and its membership on all relevant social media platforms.