Honiton Shredders triumph in Dragons’ Den

Community groups in Honiton have participated in a Dragons’ Den-style competition to win a share of £5,000.

The cash, donated by East Devon District Council, Devon County Council and Honiton Town Council, was offered in the form of grants to the groups who made successful presentations.

Those vying for a share of the prize pot had just five minutes to make their case during an event at The Beehive.

They faced a panel and an audience with voting rights.

‘Dragons’ were Jamie Buckley, East Devon’s Engagement and Funding Officer, district and county councillor Cllr Phil Twiss and Devon County Council’s Policy Officer Dave Slocombe.

Part of the #inhoniton initiative, the competition saw grants being awarded to: Honiton Shredders – £500; Honiton Youth Club – £500; Breastfeeding Café £750; Honiton 55+ Herb Garden for Wheelchair Users – £1,000; TRIP – £1,000 ; Honiton Carers’ Health and Wellbeing Walks – £1,000; Honiton Health Matters – £250.

The prize pot was made up of £3,000 from Devon County Council’s locality budget, £1,000 from East Devon District Council and £1,000 from Honiton Town Council.

Alex Higgins, the district council’s community development worker organised the event with Devon County Council’s Development Officer, Ali Eastland.

Winners must spend their grants within 12 months.

Judges deemed Honiton Shredders’ presentation the best, followed by Honiton Youth Club.

Cllr Twiss, said: “I always enjoy the Dragons’ Den event and, in its fifth year, this was no exception. It never fails to attract highly quality applicants competing for a significant pot of money put up by Devon County Council, East Devon District Council and Honiton Town Council.

“The range and diversity of those taking part this year was fantastic and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.”

Organiser Alex Higgins, said: “This is a different and wonderful way to fund local groups. Instead of impersonal funding forms, we get to hear directly from the passionate people behind the projects. It genuinely pulls on the heart strings to see the amount of energy the groups put into these initiatives that do so much for local people.”

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