On 11 June our Networking evening was a most enjoyable evening.
First of all, there was a presentation from Heidi Hallam a self-confessed anorak regarding EU funding. We are part of the HEART OF THE SOUTH WEST LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARNERSHIP. This organisation replaced the RDAs. They lobby on issues such as A303 and are your point of call for business support www.business-supportsw.com .
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Heidi was followed by Hattie Winter of Taunton Deane economic development team who spoke very clearly. The good news is that Taunton Deane are employing David McCubbin to produce the Walkers are Welcome in Wiveliscombe leaflets. These will be available in Dulverton and Porlock Tourist Information office and online. This we hope will generate extra footfall to Wiveliscombe and use of the local services and retailers. Taunton Deane is paying as they are aware they have not promoted Wiveliscombe much.
The 10pbg group has been effective in lobbying for extra spending in our area as we are a recognised group to liaise with. So please make sure your 10pbg listing is up to date and you have paid your subscription to support our work. Local retailers may be contacted by David McCubbin directly about inclusion in the leaflet, however we have not heard from him yet how he will collate the info.
The rest of the evening included a talk from Philip Chambers from Milverton Sawmills – it had us all laughing, as Philip shared the entertaining story of the sawmills, which is a longstanding family business he took over from his father.
A presentation from Nigel and Sophia about the improvements to the 10pbg web site and blogging opportunities was very informative.
A free drink was provided by Cotleigh in their excellent function room and a chance to mingle with other business people rounded it all off well. Remember these evenings are free to members.
Heather Harvey, Retail sub Group chair