Diary Dates

7.30am - 9.00am

Woodbury Park
Hotel & Golf Club

Alan Marriott
T: 01392 95 2014
M: 07710 510 462

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....

East Devon Business InitiativeEDBI 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.

Additional benefits are:

  • each member has the right to a full page on their business/products and services on the professionally optimised EDBI website. Your page can also be linked to your website.
  • a weekly EDBI newsletter highlighting special offers, future speakers and events as well as business information and advice,
  • regular advertising campaigns featuring the quality of EDBI members services in the local press.

So if you are a business wishing to develop, why not contact us by emailing chair@edbi.co.uk to attend a couple of breakfast meetings to find out how your business could benefit from membership?

Why join us?

  • Inspired weekly Friday breakfast networking!
  • Free business support and advice
  • Professionally optimised website presence linked to your own web site
  • Opportunity to receive discounted training
  • Bi-monthly evening social networking events
  • Exclusive business categories
  • Friendly and relaxed atmosphere where you can relax amongst colleagues but still develop your business
  • No pressure to give referrals, buy or sell
  • Non-profit making but with a charity focus
  • Regular attendance encouraged but no need to attend every week

All of this for just £170 for annual membership - we know economic times are hard but this has to represent money well spent! (Weekly breakfast costs additional)

See The FutureEvery year the EDBI likes to support and raise funds for local charities. This year we have chosen to support See The Future.

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 Pete on 01395 270150 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 Events page for further details.

The EDBI weekly networking breakfasts are held at Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club. These are exciting times for the Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf ClubEDBI 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 EDBI Committee 2014 - 2015

Chairman: Alan Marriott
Vice Chairman: John Rawcliffe
Treasurer: James Banks
Secretary: Adi Henderson
Special Events Manager: Jon Axon
Webmaster: Richard Seymour
Weekly Programme Manager: Guy Newman
Membership Co-ordinator: Jennifer Riach
Woodbury Park Liaison Officer: John Greengrass
Social Events Planner: Laura Wood / John Greengrass
PR & Marketing Officer: Andrew Howard
Social Media Co-ordinator: Elaine Saunders

Chairman's Message

"It is a huge privilege for me to take over the Chairmanship of such a vibrant group of business people. Over the years in business I have been a member of various networking groups but rarely, if ever, have I come across a group as committed as the EDBI. It is well structured and professional, plenty of business is passed between members but most of all, this is conducted between a supportive, congenial group of people with a huge collective experience and expertise in business management in a variety of sectors.

Unlike other groups, our mission is not just the passing of referrals and profile raising for our own businesses but the group provide a forum for plenty of 'value added' elements: meeting at the fantastic facility of Woodbury Park which offers our members added benefits; embracing new businesses as well as established passing on expertise; a comprehensive programme of speakers on topics of particular relevance to all of our business members and keeping them up to date on business developments nationally as well as in Devon and East Devon in particular.

In addition many of our members have become real friends, not only those we trust in business but those of similar minds with whom we can raise money for charity and have great social events too. Come and join us!"

East Devon Business Initiative

New Business Advice Section

The EDBI Business and Advice section focuses on ways to improve your business and sales growth within the East Devon area. Much of the information contained within this area has been put together by members of the EDBI.

The first business area that we have asked our EDBI members was to come up with Ten Top Tips relating to their individual businesses. The list will be added to and updated on a regular basis so please check back soon if your business category isn't listed at the moment.

2014 Business Speakers & Focus Week Presentations

The East Devon Business Initiative have looked to organise a series of talks and presentations at our breakfast/networking meetings.

The EDBI actively encourages its members to present their businesses and services to the group and we are always looking to attract external speakers to our meetings. Be sure to look through our forthcoming EDBI events and presentation slots in the Events Diary.

The EDBI would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all our guest presenters for taking the time to attend our breakfast meetings and deliver some very informative and rewarding presentations.

Don't forget EDBI breakfasts are held each Friday morning at Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club, Devon. If you would like to attend our next breakfast meeting then please contact Helen or Peter to book your place now.


No Better Time To Join

Looking to join one of the fastest growing networking clubs in East Devon?

Full Membership Weekly and bi-monthly meetings, full web site presence, exclusive trade category and full involvement in all EDBI activities.

At £170 for an Annual Membership it has to be seen as money well spent.

Invite Yourself Along To Breakfast

You don't have to wait to be invited to one of our breakfast meetings. If you would like to attend simply email info@edbi.co.uk