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.
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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.
Big Adventures and Big Data at EDBI’s Big Breakfast
Big adventures and big data were the themes as members of the East Devon Business Initiative hosted their flagship Big Breakfast 2015 networking event.
Guest speakers were Paul Mattin, of Wilderness Solutions, who spoke about the teamwork and leadership lessons he learnt as one of four men on a Royal Marines expedition to the South Pole, and Dave Underwood, from the Met Office, who spoke about the opportunities the organisation’s new £97million supercomputer would bring.
Jon Axon from the EDBI, who helped to organise the event at Woodbury Park, said: “We had some amazing speakers and I’d like to thank them so much for coming along and making the Big Breakfast the undoubted success that it was."
“There were around 80 members and guests at the Big Breakfast, which was a great turnout, and we managed to raise valuable funds for our charity See The Future and for earthquake relief in Nepal, which is a cause very dear to the heart of our main speaker Paul.”
The EDBI networking group meets on Friday mornings at Woodbury Park.