A Message From Our New Chairperson
On Wednesday 24th June 2020 the Chamber Committee unanimously appointed Paul Fudge to chair the organisation following Tony McCollum's notice that he intended to stand down after 5 years continuous service
Well what can we say. The last few months have been extraordinarily strange, different, difficult, so many words could describe what, as businesses we have been through.
Now we are seeing changes and hope to welcome shoppers and visitors back to our Town, Honiton very soon. And you have all been working hard to make changes within your retail units, office spaces and staff areas to maintain social distancing. We must now use this time to encourage our shoppers to visit all of our shops within the area, as we all know this is now key to help build confidence back in the shopper and build the rapport again.
We, The Chamber are embracing change too. After tirelessly giving over 5 years to the Chamber, Tony McCollum passed over his Chairperson position to incoming Chair, myself, Paul Fudge. Also recognition was given to Mandy Newman, who has been a stalwart of the Chamber and now steps down from the committee, but will continue to give many hours to her other community interests. For The Chamber to be able to continue and grow from strength to strength, membership is vital.
If you feel passionate about your businesses and the Town you are in, The Chair and Committee warmly invite you to join and become a full member of The Chamber of Commerce. That doesn’t mean you are going to be burdened with lots of extra work or endless meetings, but instead, it will give you the support of all the other members, a bigger voice in the promotion of your business and support in any matters arising to do with your business. The Chamber is responsible for placing the Christmas Tree up in the Town and Main Light Switch On, Placing all the Flags on the buildings, is the voice behind better Parking and Parking Charges and much more. But as you know, this can only be achieved by membership.
We are looking forward to meeting you all and if you have any questions, please make contact with us.
PRIDE OF HONITON AWARD 2019-2020
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
2018 - 2019
In 2020 Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce & Industry are again looking to reward the businesses in Honiton that are voted the peoples favourite. The Pride of Honiton Award represents the customers voice and is presented each year to the business that receives the most votes from customers who have experienced excellent service. The award and voting slips are open to all and not restricted to Chamber members. The nominations could be the result of advice given, the attentiveness of the staff or just a generally friendly attitude and willingness to help. The popularity of this award continues to increase year upon year. In 2019 no less than 39 businesses were nominated, an increase of 40% with nearly 800 votes cast and a close final count between the top five nominated businesses.
To go to the voting page where you can
download additional voting slips as well
HONITONIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019
POSTHUMOUSLY TO TERRY FAREBROTHER
Annie Farebrother met with the Chairman Tony McCollum on Friday 13th December 2019 to receive the honour awarded to her late husband. Terry had been an inspiration and stalwart to so much of what we now think as a normal part of Honiton. From Charter Day to a Thriving Charter Market he spent many years ensuring Honiton's future to be something to look forward to.
Annie said: "Terry would have been very honoured and proud to have received this award and I am proud to receive it on his behalf. It shows that all Terry did for Honiton has not been forgotten.
CHAMBER WELCOMES THREE NEW
BUSINESSES TO HONITON
Chairman of Honiton & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Tony McCollum is seen here welcoming three new businesses to Honiton on 5th and 6th of December 2019
On Thursday 5th December 2019 the Chairman met and welcomed Dean Auton of East Devon Lock and Key at 126 High Street, Honiton on Thursday 5th December
Dean is a qualified locksmith by trade and specialises in domestic and commercial locks. The shop, previously Power Shoes, also sells watch batteries and straps, engraved pet tags, household batteries, mobile phone accessories and shoe care products. Shoes are also taken in for repair undertaken by the previous occupants.
The Shop is also an agent for Ideal Dry Cleaning and Laundry services of Exmouth.
Dean who has been in the locksmith trade for many years is skilled enough to hand make keys for an antique locks brought in by customers.
Contact details are:
Telephone 01404 47052
Later the same day Tony McCollum is seen welcoming Clive Taylor of Taylors Leather Company in Lace Walk, Honiton on Thursday 5th December
Clive, who has run a successful similar business in Taunton, Somerset decided to branch out and opened the shop in Lace Walk in November. Although a local independent business the store holds many of the top branded names in mens and ladies shoe wear. Other items include bags, travel luggage, clothing and anything made of leather.
Contact details are:
Telephone 01404 46431,
On Friday 6th December 2019 , Tony met and welcomed Kate Dixon of Kate Dixon Photography at 59 High Street, Honiton on Friday 6th December
Kate, has been a professional photographer for 9 years specialising in weddings and family portraits. She has run a busy and successful business in Exeter for three years and moved to Honiton to be close to home. As well as the photography Kate produces prints on behalf of customers and creates T-shirts, mugs and gifts emblazoned with the images.
If you have ever wanted a passport photograph and find the coin operated booths tiresome and unfriendly then Kate is the go-to photographer, she will take and print your passport photographs for a personal touch and for the same price as the automated booths.
Contact Details are:
Telephone: 07837 435803
A VERY MERRY CELEBRATION
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Saturday 16th November saw the annual Christmas Lights Switch On at St. Paul's Church Honiton. A larger than normal crowd enjoyed a festive treat with the appearance of Father Christmas, The Town Band, A visit from a couple of beautiful Disney princesses, Elsa from Frozen and Rapunzel from Tangled accompanied by Harry Potter. The princesses enchanted the crowd with songs from the films and then posed for photo shoots with young and not so young in the crowd. 200 goodie bags were handed out to children. A draw took place that saw the first lucky entrant win a family Christmas tree as well as £100 for their school, Honiton Primary, four others won family Christmas trees. Speeches were made, the Tree was blessed by the Rev Sue Roberts and Val Royle of TRIP Community Transport was given the honour of the switch on. A beautiful illumination and snow as the last of the free mince pies were devoured and the Band Played On
Chairman Tony McCollum welcomes
Carla Salisbury's PAVOT To Honiton
The Chairman of the Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tony McCollum seen welcoming Carla Salisbury of Pavot at 1A Northcote Lane, to Honiton. Many of you will know Carla from her many years in retail in Honiton. A fortuitous happenstance lead to Carla leaving her previous workplace and taking over the premises at 1A Northcote Lane the very next day in July of this year. Pavot, as many of you will know is French for Poppy and reminds us of the many knitted poppies we have seen in Honiton over the past few years. The shop is an Aladdin's Cave of vintagery, art and knitwear. Local artists are used to source hand made soaps, artwork, enamelling and knitwear combined with Bric-A Brac.
Carla can be contacted on 01404 549167 Mobile 07411 977975 or email
QUIZ NIGHT CANCELLED
Honiton's War of The Wits
Yes its back by popular demand, all the fun and laughter you can take while trying to stay sober enough to remember; "What was the UK's L0west Score in Eurovision? Not all clues will be so obvious.
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CANCELLED DUE TO CHRONIC APATHY
Or click on the link below to download the registration form
Completed form together with cheques can be posted or dropped of at the addresses below
Lacemaker's Cafe 46 High Street, Honiton EX14 1PJ
French Hen 137 High Street, Honiton EX14 1LW
Trafalgar Way - Conqueror
113.3 Miles Raising Funds for The Baton Charity
Honiton's Own East Devon District Councillor, Tony McCollum and Chamber Of Commerce Treasurer Ray Hanratty seen presenting a cheque for £100 on behalf of the Chamber to Alan Rowe MBE a donation to The Baton Charity
A brave eight man team set out on Saturday 14th September from Exeter to complete the 113.3 mile section of the Trafalgar Way called "Conqueror". This stretch from Exeter to Salisbury is named after the 74 gun ship of the line HMS Conqueror part of the British fleet of 32 under Nelson's command that defeated the French and Spanish fleet of 38 on the 21st October 1805 at Cape Trafalgar near Cadiz in Spain.
The riders are sponsored in their strenuous effort to raise money for The Baton charity, founded in 2009 by Alan Rowe, which raises funds to enable ongoing support to service personnel past and present and their families.
Bests Of Honiton 1969 - 2019
50 Years of Business in Honiton
Honiton Chamber of Commerce Chair, Tony McCollum and Vice Chair Paul Fudge seen presenting a bottle of fine champagne to Rob and family of Bests of Honiton
There Own Story
Rob & I took over the business in 1989, previously Rob had been employed by Steve Best the previous founder of Bests. During the last 30 years we have made many friends along the way.
We can also say that we have known 3 generations of customers family’s, although when you think about it like this you realise how long you have been at Bests and your own age.
We can attribute one marriage and one long term engagement directly to the shop, resulting in 4 children.
We have employed many delivery lads and Saturday assistants who worked for us whilst they were at school or college who have gone on to become, accountants, a lawyer, builders, a fireman, an advertising executive and an engineer. It is fantastic to bump into them and see what they have achieved since they left education and Bests.
The majority of our sales are within a 25 mile radius but during the 30 years we have also supplied goods to the Channel Isles and Europe.
I love seeing the Old Honiton Facebook page, with all the shops and businesses that used to be in Honiton’s High Street many of them I remember and wish they were still here. Like Leos Jeans, the Golden Tassel, Hoskins and Laurie’s the delicatessens. I also miss the Pubs and Clubs we have lost along the way, the Carlton, the Red Cow, the Pit Club and the Dolphin. Something that Honiton has retained as a town is its variety of independent shops, which make Honiton a friendly and charming town to live , work and shop in.
Honiton Chamber of Commerce wish all at Bests of Honiton the greatest success for the future for many more generations to come
Kirstie Tancock Award 2019
Presented at Honiton Show
Honiton Chamber of Commerce Chair, Tony McCollum seen presenting the award to this year’s recipient Val Royle at the Honiton Show on the 1stAugust. Also present was last years recipient Heather Penwarden seen presenting Val with her certificate
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Pictured left to right; Colin Wright, (President), Ray Hanratty (Treasurer), Heather Penwarden, Val Royle, Tony McCollum, (Chairman), and Chamber Committee members Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, Mandy Newman and Paula Land
Val, although remaining as a trustee for TRIP Community Transport has stood down after twenty-five years of creating, managing, mentoring and developing TRIP from an idea in 1995 when she was asked to carry out a survey into the provision of community transport to the complex and effective community support charity it is today, with seven permanent office staff and several office volunteers, nine paid drivers and over forty volunteer drivers
Val Royle in a recent interview said, “It is very gratifying to have been the founder of such a worthwhile and appreciated transport service for the community”
The award is named after Kirstie Tancock who sadly, having suffered with cystic fibrosis and spending the latter part of her short life inspiring others to become organ donors, was named as the first recipient, posthumously.
Chamber Of Commerce 2019 Events
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The next of the 2019 Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry events will take place on Saturday 31st August 2019 with a coach trip to Dartmouth Regatta. The coach leaves The Beehive Centre in Dowell Street at 12:00 Mid-Day arriving at Dartmouth with time to visit the shops, view the regatta and have an evening meal before watching the superb firework display from the quayside at 9:00pm. There will be time then for one or more glasses of wine before the return journey which leaves promptly at 11:00 pm. Due to the lateness of the hour and the possible consumption of alcohol the seats are restricted to adults and accompanied over 14year olds only
Chairman Tony McCollum welcomes
The Yellow Deli
The Chairman of the Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tony McCollum seen welcoming Johnathan of the Yellow Deli at 43 - 47 High Street in Honiton. Tony said, “Many of us have waited for quite a while watching a sign on the building that read “Opening Soon” well the wait was worth it”. As Tony was shown around the premises it became obvious to him that the Deli would become known as much as a tourist attraction as it would a restaurant. Already popular with regulars there is no doubt that the Yellow Deli will be a successful venture. Every part of the building from the salvaged dark wood highly polished floor to the artisan lampshades; from the cosy corner tables to the brightness of the first-floor glass roofed open dining room, create a unique, comfortable and yet interesting experience. Johnathan and his team have made a great effort to embrace the history of Honiton with exquisite murals depicting lace making and pottery. A particular historical testimony is made to the formation of a heavy horse association which grew from a chance conversation held in the bar of what was once the Red Cow public house, depicted in another remarkable mural.
Chairman Tony McCollum welcomes
Little Cotton Socks
The Chairman of the Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tony McCollum seen welcoming the camera shy Helen Culshaw of Little Cotton Socks at 59 High Street, to Honiton
Many of you will know Helen from her previous business at the other end of High Street specialising in push chairs and prams. The new business is all about Pre-Loved items for the 0 to 3-year olds and maternity wear. As we all know infants grow so fast that much of their clothes, toys and prams etc. are often only worn or used a few times, Helen hopes to make sure these good quality, clean items aren’t just broken down as recycling materials for rags or spares but are given a new lease of life and in doing so help parents with young children to source good quality nearly new items. The shop is very well stocked with all thats needed for 0 to 3-year olds however Helen sends out a plea for anyone with good quality nearly new toys no longer required bring them in and let them be loved again by the children of mums and dads in the Honiton area.
Helen can be contacted: - Via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by telephone on 01404 758097
Tony said it was pleasing to welcome another new enterprise to the High Street as this was the third of five
new shops within the last few months.
Just Cards makes it into the prestigious Nationwide
Greetings Card Retailing Awards Finals
Its now official Just Cards is one of the best card retails in the UK, having reached the finals in the Retas 2019 greeting card retailer awards. The Retas Awards, now in their 15th year were launched by Progressive Greetings magazine to recognise and reward the UK's very best greeting card retailers from right across the retail spectrum. Greeting cards are sold in one in six shops across the UK so reaching the finals of the RETAS is a notable achievement
All RETAS finalists were decided as a result of an industrywide poll of greeting card suppliers, reps and agents and validated by a panel of experts.
This years winners will be revealed at an awards lunch held at the glamorous Grosvenor House Hotel on Londons Park Lane on Wednesday July 10th
Chairman Tony McCollum welcomes Aromatika
The Chairman of the Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tony McCollum seen welcoming Lisa Hosking of Aromatika at 96 High Street, to Honiton
This is the third such shop that Lisa has set up in Devon supplying organic and natural skin care and beauty products created at the production unit on Dartmoor and now distributed through Aromatika shops at Totnes and Exeter and the Devon Soap Company at Dartmouth as well as Honiton. All products are vegetarian, most are vegan and none are produced as the result of testing on animals. There is still more to be done in Honiton as Lisa soon hopes to have the rear of the shop finished with a beauty room similar to those in the Totnes and Exeter premises. Tony said it was pleasing to welcome another new enterprise to the High Street as this was the second new shop we welcomed in the last week.
Chairman Tony McCollum welcomes Navy Blue
The Chairman of the Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tony McCollum seen welcoming Natalie Barbara of Navy Blue at 48 High Street, to Honiton
Natalie set up the business, which can also be found online at , with her partner, Terry, to bring to our High Street luxurious and unique interior and soft furnishings and fittings. Here, bright modern printed fabrics by Clarke and Clarke blend nicely with the artisan crafted homewares from Nkuku of Harbertonford near Totnes, while hand picked antique and restored picture frames adorn the walls above lovingly stripped and preserved original furniture; but be sure there is nothing shabby about the chic of Navy Blue
PRIDE OF HONITON 2019 WINNER ANNOUNCED
Honiton Chamber of Commerce Chair, Tony McCollum announced the 2019 winner of the Pride of Honiton Award at the Chamber’s annual general meeting. The award celebrates the very best of customer service by local businesses.
Pictured are Tony McCollum Chairman of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry presenting Pride of Honiton Trophy and Certificate to Helen Newman (centre) Managing Director of Honiton Sports and her assistant Dannie Skinner
This year the award was won by Honiton Sports Shop in the High Street, beating off 39 other nominated businesses.
On receiving the award Helen said:
“I am very pleased to receive this award and very grateful that so many of our regular customers expressed their appreciation for the service we give in this shop by taking the time to vote. The loyalty shown by our customers means a lot to us and they can be assured that level of service will continue and with Dannie they will always be met with a broad smile.”
About this year’s competition, Tony said
“Once again we are delighted that this year brought the highest number of nominees as well as the highest number of votes cast in the 9 year history of the award. With so many businesses nominated, 39, all of which were small independents and just short of 800votescast. This remains testimony that the people of Honiton believe they receive the best service from the smaller local businesses and that is why so many independent shops and businesses thrive in Honiton. The award is entirely in the hands of the public and that gives the competition even more credence and gravitas.” He went on,“With so many votes and businesses nominated and the count being very close, we didn’t know who would win until the very last moment, this year we will be awarding certificates to the two runners up , Trip CommunityTransport Associationand Beauty By Bev, both of New Street, Honiton. as well as the trophy and winner’s certificate to Helen and Dannie at Honiton Sports.
Pictured with Tony receiving their Runner Up Certificate are Neil Hurlock and left to right Sandra Fox, Sharon Thorne and Julie Tame of Trip Community Transport Association. Neil said they were happy to come so close and intend to do better next year.
Pictured here is Bev Stamp of Beauty By Bev, receiving the 2nd Runner Up Certificate, Bev was pleased to be in the top three and also hoped to do even better next year
Combe Estate Opens Combe Garden Centre
The Chairman of the Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tony McCollum seen here congratulating Justin Lascelles at the opening of Combe Garden Centre on Saturday 1stDecember.
Along with the already present Combe Estate staff the centre currently employs a further seven permanent and four part time staff and there
are plans for expanding the business over the coming years.
Tony said; “The project of building the garden centre was one that the Chamber supported from its conception and were happy to voice their full support with East Devon District Council planning department. It is rewarding to see growth and employment in our town.”
James pointed out that the centre uses as many local growers as possible to make sure their stock is always fresh and seasonal. Many of the friendly staff have worked in garden centres and horticulture in the area and have over 50 years collective horticultural experience.
KIRSTIE TANCOCK AWARD
PRESENTED TO HEATHER PENWARDEN
Outside the Chamber of Commerce Stall at the Honiton Show the award was presented to Heather Penwarden for her sterling work raising funds and awareness for the Dementia Awareness Action Alliance by Kirstie's husband Stu also pictured was Kirstie's mother Linda.
The award is presented annually by the Chamber of Commerce to an individual recognised for their efforts in raising funds for and awareness of the needs of others. It is named in memory of its first recipient, Kirstie Tancock, a young wife who having received two lung transplants campaigned tirelessly for organ donation. Following organ rejection Kirstie passed away after the Chamber had voted her to be the recipient but before it could be engraved and presented.
Third New Shop Opens on Honiton High Street
The Chairman of the Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tony McCollum officiated at the opening of “Stitched Up” on Honiton High Street, new yes but housing a well-established business. Also present to lend his support was the Mayor of Honiton, Cllr. Henry Brown and the Town Crier, Dave Retter.
Jeannette Parker, who many will know as a regular for several years on Honiton street market decided that expansion was the way ahead. Following the closure of the only wool shop in Honiton, Jeannette, already supplying the town with the materials and accessories for craft and house hold care, moved into supplying yarns, wools, needles and all sewing supplies. With a much broader stock came a bigger customer base and the need to allow browsing in comfortable surroundings. As well as an abundant array of materials and shelves stocked with every colour and thickness of wool or thread the shop has a small library of patterns and instructions for making clothes, home accessories and even toys.
Tony said; “The move from market to shop shows that Honiton High Street not only can sustain business but also encourage growth and expansion. I am delighted that this is the third new shop to open in Honiton recently, two on the High Street and one in Black Lion Court as well as a restaurant in Queen Street. All are independent traders that will help keep this Town’ s shopping experience unique with a real feeling of character unlike so many others where national chains seem to create a repetitive view taking away a town’s individuality and making them indiscernible form each other. I would recommend the Honiton Street Market as an ideal launch pad for anyone looking for an entry level opportunity for business with minimum overheads. I wish Jeannette every success and happiness with this new venture now and for many years to come.”
Stitched Up is situated at 133 High Street, previously occupied by the British Heart Foundation next to the Three Tuns Public House
PRESTIGIOUS MARKET EVENT COMES TO HONITON
ON WEDNESDAY 18TH JULY HONITON IS TO HOST A PRESTIGIOUS MARKET EVENT
THE "GATE -TO-PLATE" MARKET CELEBRATING EAST DEVON'S FINEST FOOD AND CRAFTS
OVER 60 QUALITY STALLS WILL BE SET UP FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE THE VERY BEST IN LOCAL FOOD AND DRINK.
BE SURE TO -- SEE IT -- TRY IT -- BUY IT
ORGANISED BY EAST DEVON DISTRICT COUNCIL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
'TASET OF THE WEST' AND HONITON TOWN COUNCIL
CHAIR MEETS MAYOR
The Chairman of the Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry Anthony McCollum was among the first to congratulate Cllr. Henry Brown on becoming the Mayor of Honiton for 2018-2019 and Cllr. Duncan Sheridan-Shaw on becoming the new Deputy Mayor at the "Making The Mayor" ceremony at the Beehive on Monday 21st May. In his acceptance speech Mayor Brown, the youngest mayor ever invested in Honiton, stated that he wished for Honiton Town Council to work closely with the town's organisations, no doubt this will be helped by the fact that the Deputy Mayor is on the committee of the Chamber of Commerce as well as the Honiton Christmas Lights committee and many other good cause programmes.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS IN MAY
After many, many years of successful organisation of the Honiton’s glittering Christmas light displays that have brought people to Honiton over the festive period, the town’s Chamber of Commerce have formally handed over the stock of lights to the town’s new committee. Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Tony McCollum, presented the lights to newly elected deputy mayor Duncan Sheridan-Shaw at the first committee meeting on Tuesday.
As previously reported the new committee is formed of members of the community, traders and councillors with a passion for growing the festive display and promoting Honiton as a great place to shop locally. To ensure the handover had a festive, celebration to it the Chamber of commerce presented a delicious cake, made specially for the occasion by Cath McCollum, the Chairman’s wife, which was enjoyed by all. Councillor Sheridan-Shaw said “We have taken on a huge responsibility, however the good work that has been done will continue and our new committee is committed to building and building some more, we may not rival Regent Street but we have to passion to give our best shot"
The committee are working hard to raise £5000 to keep the stock of lights in a good condition and are looking for donations from all aspects of the community. Anyone who feels they can help or feels they could contribute is welcome to get in touch with councillor Sheridan-Shaw at the council offices.
PRIDE OF HONITON 2018 WINNER ANNOUNCED
Honiton Chamber of Commerce Chair, Tony McCollum announced the 2018 winner of the Pride of Honiton Award at the Chamber’s annual general meeting. The award celebrates the very best of customer service by local businesses.
This year the award was won by Alan Rowe Barbers in the High Street, beating off 23 other nominated businesses. Tony, had this to say about the competition,
“We are delighted that this year brought the highest number of nominees as well as the highest number of votes cast in the 8 year history of the award. 28 businesses were nominated all of which were small independents and many hundreds of votes cast. This is testimony that the people of Honiton believe they receive the best service from the smaller local businesses and that is why so many independent shops and businesses thrive in Honiton. This award is entirely in the hands of the public and that gives the competition even more credence and gravitas.”
The competition was close with Alan Rowe the Barber finishing ahead of Porkies of New Street and Thyme the café in High Street.
Alan commented on the award
"All at the shop are absolutely delighted with the award it means a great deal to us that the service we try hard to provide is appreciated. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and our loyal customers, the shop is a product of the people who regularly visit, the community spirit they have helped create over the last 26 years is incredible and something we are truly grateful for.”
Tony finished by saying, “I wish to thank the people of Honiton for taking part and supporting the independent local businesses and I look forward to the continued growth of the event for 2019”
HONITON CHAMBER FAVOURITE RETIRES FROM THE HIGH STREET AFTER 28 YEARS
The Chairman of the Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tony McCollum expressed his gratitude to long serving committee member Mandy Newman the proprietor of Beauchamp Place, on her retirement after 28 years on Honiton High Street wishing her well and thanking her for continued support in remaining a member of the committee for the next twelve months. Without her commitment as lead member of the lights sub-committee Honiton would be without the Christmas lights they have enjoyed over the last three years. Mandy has been an influential business woman in the town and has further supported the chairman as deputy for the last two years.
Chairman Pleads for Landlords to Tidy Up Their Act
Anthony McCollum, Chairman of the Honiton Chamber, has appealed on behalf of all the businesses of Honiton, that landlords whose premises remain unoccupied for several months help improve the look of New Street and High Street by decorating the windows or creating false displays. This will help to improve the overall look of the town and make the premises more attractive for visitors and to potential occupiers of those or nearby businesses while at the same time disguising the unsightly work going on inside.
He also expressed his concern over the length of time some landlords are prepared to leave premises unoccupied rather than reduce the rent. He stated that, as East Devon District Council had generously increased the minimum banded rateable value to £12,000 per annum; for landlords to keep premises unoccupied for two years while waiting for a tenant to pay £13,000 rather than reduce the rent makes no or little business sense. 10 years at £13,000 would realise £130,000 while 10 years at £12,000 would realise £120,000 a difference of £10, 000 but the two years missed rent would realise £24,000 thus producing an overall profit of £14,000. He also quoted one suggestion put forward by a member of the Chamber who runs a business on the High Street that, E.D.D.C. should consider reviewing any reduction in rates for unoccupied premises after three months and not allow exemption ad infinitum to encourage landlords to fill their premises. Another suggestion is to levy a surcharge on all premises unoccupied for more than six months with extra funds raised being put back into the town to help in attracting visitors back to the town and improving the overall look.
Honiton Festive Lights Photo Competition Winner
Submitted by Dr. Peter Ward
Honiton Festive Lights Photo Competition
On Saturday 25th November 2017 The Honiton Chamber launched it Amateur Photographic Competition with a prize of £50. The competition subject is "Honiton At It's Best" with the High Street and New Street decorated with Christmas Lights and the centre piece of the celebration decorations being the tree outside St. Paul's Church we want to capture the Town through the eyes of our amateur photographers. Regardless if you use a Canon SLR or an iPhone7s your view will be appreciated, and the best will receive £50 cash prize
AND THE LIGHTS GO ON FOR CHRISTMAS
On Saturday 18th November 2017 Honiton’s High Street came to an illuminated standstill as the start of the festive celebrations was marked by switching on of the lights festooning the traditional Christmas Tree outside St Paul’s Church.
The event commenced as the Somerset & Devon Fire Brigade Pipes and Drums Band marched up Northcote Lane to St. Paul's Church where they entertained the crowd as the opening band for the evening.
This was followed by The Honiton Youth Orchestra playing many of our Christmas favourites. Shortly after came the Honiton Town Band entertaining as ever all of which kept the crowd happily singing and clapping along.
Members of the Honiton Chamber of Commerce enjoying the pipes and Drums.
From left to right, Colin Wright, President, Anthony McCollum Chairman and Cllr. Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, Town Council representative.
Peter Halse of Halse South West was chosen by the Chamber Committee to switch on the lights and also receive the first Honitonian of The Year Award for his many years of service to the People and Town of Honiton
As the Pipes and Drums marched off concluding the musical part of the celebrations the tree was illuminated while the crowd continued to enjoy warm mince pies courtesy of Tesco Honiton and chocolates and sweets courtesy of Marks & Spencer Honiton
QUIZZERS COME OUT IN HONITON
The Annual Honiton Chamber of Commerce Quiz took place this year on Friday 20th October at the Mackarness Hall in High Street raising funds for events to support Honiton Town commerce and attract visitors in 2018
Quiz Master Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, from Tesco at Honiton one of the major sponsors of the event, ensures his voice stays lubricated "purely medicinal you understand"
After a superb Ham & Cheese Ploughmans with Wine from Wine World or beer from Otter Brewery it was time to start the quiz and all was quiet... except ... Who put all those packets of crisps on the tables??
Thanks to the generous sponsors the half time proceedings included a raffle with many superb prizes including a larger than life hamper from Tesco, a hamper from Marks & Spencer, vouchers from Combe Estate, The Toy Shop and Fishmongers, with other gifts from the Honiton Marketeers -Jinny and Martin, and many other High Street shops.
After 10 rounds of questions and one bonus round the overall winners and recipients of a 1st place cash prize was a team called "Full House" a well deserved win
The final prize of the evening was the overall best Estate Agent Team but after 11 rounds "Brains of Bradleys" and 'Stags' were in a dead heat. So close were the teams that it took five Tie-Breakers before Brains of Bradleys (AKA BOB) broke the tie and became the holders of the title for 2017-2018. Better luck next year Stags.
Welcome To BP and Marks & Spencer
Car Wash facilities return to Honiton
The Chairman of Honiton & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Anthony McCollum welcomes Nikki Denison,
the Manager of the BP and Marks & Spencer combined garage and food store at Turks Head junction.
Nikki stated that she was keen to become a member of the Honiton community and will shortly select one of her staff to be a Community Champion and channel active support speedily and efficiently helping the Towns People of Honiton.
Chamber Chairman's Marriage was
Made on the Market
The Chairman of Honiton & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Anthony McCollum was married on Saturday 23rd September at Cranberries Hideaway, Kilmington. The happy couple met when the bride, Cath Andrews, became a regular member of Honiton Street Market where Anthony is the Market Manager. "Cath's sweet and delicious cakes were just to much of a temptation for Tony to resist" A large number of family members came from all over the UK to celebrate the wedding and the Rev. Alistair McCollum who travelled from Canada blessed the happy couple.
Traditional Irish kilts were worn by the groom, best man, ushers, pageboys and family members.
New Chamber Logo Revealed
The new logo for the Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry was officially unveiled on Thursday 3rd August 2017 at the Honiton Show where the competition entrants were met by members of the chamber who congratulated them on winning their particular age group. The logo consists of three separate segments in a circular depiction of what Honiton represents today. Ploughed fields and hills representing the surrounding agricultural and tourist area so vital to the Town. The lace representing the long history of Honiton and its evolvement into the town we know. The cog represents both the industry of the district and the idea of working together going forward. In essence the Historical Township of Honiton surrounded by, supported by and embracing the Tourism, Agriculture and Industry throughout the district.
About the Chamber
We are a progressive and active Chamber, keen to influence decision making within Honiton for the well being of all businesses. All our efforts centre on one goal: to maximise all the opportunities to promote and advance Honiton at every opportunity and at every level.
We work with many of the other local groups actively involved in developing a positive business environment within the town. The Chamber is highly proactive in liaising with the Town and East Devon District Council on issues affecting the town and the business community.
Our Committee and officers unrivalled knowledge and contacts are at the service of members.
The Honiton Chamber has served the Towns traders since 1938, and are still actively engaged in promoting tourism within the County, and Honiton.
We are the largest Chamber in East Devon. Members are encouraged to express their views on local issues and take part in the Chambers activities.
If you would like to become a member please go to our members application page and complete the form.
Some of our activities include;
Lobbying the Town, District and County Council on all issues affecting the commercial life of Honiton.
Monitoring the Town's facilities (e.g car parking, Police, street cleaning, refuse collection etc).
Publicity and marketing of the town as a retail and business centre.
A Christmas Marketing Campaign.
Organising the Christmas lights and Christmas Tree.
Attending committees and working parties to further the town's commercial interests.
Decorating the Town Centre with National Flags during summer months.
Organising the annual Pride of Honiton Award.
Membership of East Devon Chamber.