About The East Devon Business InitiativeEDBI is an innovative and non-profit making business club launched in September 2009 by a group of experienced East Devon based business people.

We aim to offer something different and complimentary to other business clubs/groups within the East Devon area.

Become friends & colleagues of fellow members and maximise your business growth opportunities via member referrals.

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 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)

Download EDBI Membership Application Form

For further information contact:

April Rose
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Chairman - April Rose
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.

Vice Chairman - Vacant
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.

Webmaster - Vacant
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.

Treasurer - James Banks
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.

Membership Co-ordinator - John Rawcliffe
Looking to join the EDBI? The membership co-ordinator handles your application and covers your membership benefits.

Weekly Programme Manager - Elaine Saunders
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.

Woodbury Liaison Officer - Ian Noon
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 - Andrea Phillips
This role involves organising social events and sending out information to members and the Webmaster for inclusion in the weekly newsletter.

PR and Marketing - Alan Marriott
This job involves promoting the EDBI through advertising and writing articles and press releases.

The EDBI meets at Woodbury Park Hotel every Friday morning.

Arrive: 7.15am for 7.30am
Leave: 9.00am

Contact details
April Rose
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M: 07973 202441

Please click to view/read the EDBI Constitution (pdf format)

EDBI Supporting Alzheimer's Research UK

Alzheimers Research UK LogoEvery year the EDBI likes to support and raise funds for local charities. This year we have chosen to support Alzheimer's Research UK.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading research charity aiming to defeat dementia. We power world class studies that give us the best chance of beating dementia sooner.

Our pioneering work focuses on prevention, treatment and cure. We are energising a movement across society to support, fund and take part in dementia research. We aim to empower people across all generations through greater understanding of dementia. Together we have the power to defeat dementia. As the UK's leading dementia research charity we firmly believe in the power of research to create a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

As research experts, we work to make a real difference to people’s lives – now and in the future – by funding world-class pioneering scientists to find preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia. There are over 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia today and this number will increase as our population ages Around every person with dementia are family members and friends, in fact 24.5 million of us in the UK know someone affected by dementia.

The only way to beat dementia is through research, and so we promise to use your donations to fund the very best. The number of UK researchers has risen by 91% in dementia. Last year our supporters’ donations helped to fund 62 new projects and pioneering initiatives. Every £1 invested in fundraising, raises £3 to spend on research and other charitable activities.

None of this would be possible without the support of people like you. We are extremely pleased and excited to be working with the East Devon Business Initiative in 2017 and having you join us in the fight back against dementia.