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4Networking, the national networking brand that connects businesses and individuals, has established a group in Honiton. The fortnightly breakfast meetings currently take place at the Boston Tea Party in High Street from 8am to 10am. The next event is on August 22 and will feature a talk on ‘Reducing Your Toxin Load’ by Patricia Bowerman, of Monat Hair. Louise Monblat, area leader, says the events are open to anyone interested in growing their connections and exploring new opportunities. “We attract people from all around, not just Honiton,” she told East Devon News.co.uk. “There are three main parts to each meeting.…

Businesses are being warned by police to be aware of suspicious activity involving males attempting  to buy high value items in shops. A spokesperson said the purchases are ‘believed to be fraudulent’. Shop owners are being urged to be on the look out for males entering their premises and attempting to buy expensive items with more than one payment method. It is understood the men are sometimes using several cards to make a single payment. Police say the transactions are suspicious because the ‘buyers’ are swiping cards on the machine and also pushing buttons on card readers. Warning businesses, the…

As Honiton Town Football Club unveiled its new kit for the 2019/2020 season it made a plea for new sponsors. Club chairman Roger Doble said anyone rising to the challenge would benefit. Appealing for sponsors on social media, he said: “Imagine every week seeing your company name being spread far and wide through the power of social media, as well as supporting The Hippos.” Based at Mountbatten Park, the club has two senior teams. It fields players in the South West Peninsula League and won the league championship title in 2016/17. The club has been so successful it even has…

Businesses across East Devon are being urged by police to ensure their staff are trained to spot counterfeit money. An alert was issued today (August 9) following reports that fake £50 notes are in circulation. Please be thorough when checking currency and ensure your staff are trained to spot counterfeit currency In a message to business owners, a spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police would like to make you aware of the following scam which could affect your business. “A number of counterfeit £50 notes are currently in circulation in this area. “Please be thorough when checking currency…

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub is promoting a free drop-in session for businesses in Ottery St Mary. The event, taking place next month, aims to offer support to those with new business ideas as well as existing businesses. If you are just starting out and need a few pointers to drive growth, this is a good starting place. Sponsored by Ottery St Mary Business Forum, the drop-in session will be held in The Silver Otter Cafe, in Silver Street, on Wednesday, September 18. The event will run from 3pm to 7pm. Funded support is available to help…

Daily and weekly trade parking permits could be issued on the day of application from this autumn. Devon County Council has launched a public consultation, saying its plans will streamline the service. If given the green light, the existing paper dispensation notice will be replaced with a digital ‘virtual’ permit – linked to a vehicle’s registration. The council says the new system would see three permit types available: ‘daily trade permits’ and ‘weekly trade permits’, issued for on-street parking spaces and resident’s zones, and ‘parking waivers’, which would provide an additional exemption for yellow line ‘no waiting’ restrictions. It claims,…

Independent shops are the lifeblood of East Devon’s town centres – and they are being urged to enter a competition to find the best. East Devon MP Hugo Swire is encouraging independent retailers across the district to enter this year’s Best Small Shops Competition. The Vice President of Honiton Show made the appeal after attending the annul event on Thursday. He said: “Calling all small shops in East Devon – what makes your shop stand out? Nominate yourself for the Best Small Shops Competition.” The Best Small Shops competition gives us the chance to celebrate this unique industry and show…

Businesses in East Devon are being asked to support parents to feel more comfortable about breastfeeding their babies in public. The Devon Positive About Breastfeeding Scheme urges all businesses in the county, from cafes and libraries to factories and offices, to make their environment as friendly and comfortable as possible to encourage parents, and particularly breastfeeding mothers, to feel confident feeding there. Choosing how to feed your baby isn’t always a straightforward or easy decision, and this can leave many parents feeling insecure and vulnerable or judged by others about their feeding choices – Dr Virginia Pearson Public Health Devon is launching…

Online retail giant Amazon has confirmed it will relocate its delivery station from Exeter to a purpose-built 100,000sq ft hub near Cranbrook.  Around 100 new jobs will be created when the move happens later this year. The global powerhouse will leave its current Heron Road base in the city for a new facility at Exeter Gateway in East Devon. The new Amazon distribution centre is an important addition to the commercial development in the west end of East Devon, with over 100 new jobs created…The new facility is designed to meet increasing customer demand and allow for expansion of the…

Ottery has celebrated the reopening of a much-loved shop – 10 months after its firefighter owner battled to save the business as a blaze raged above. Martin and Lyn Shaw said they were ‘overwhelmed’ by support when The Pine Store, in Broad Street, was relaunched as Otter Furniture on Saturday. The store had to shut down due to water damage after fire destroyed an upstairs property in the autumn last year. Jets used to stop the blaze spreading through the building damaged stock downstairs at The Pine Store, leaving Martin and Lyn with no choice but to close. The…

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