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Honiton Chamber Welcomes a New Business and 
A New Member of the Chamber

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Pictured above is Vice Chairperson Clare Norris welcoming Nick Holt of The Eco Emporium to Honiton and to The Chamber Membership. Nick and his daughter Alex took over the premises at 29 - 31 New Street on the last day of  October 2023.  With everything in the shop being Eco Friendly and sourced only from sustainable products and most items being vegan in nature the Emporium is the place to shop for anybody who cares for their own and others future on this planet.

In case you were wondering, Alex is camera shy and was hiding behind the curtain. 


Welcome to The Eco Emporium

We are a small family-run business Est. 2023 & based in Devon. We strive to provide people with the opportunity to choose our extensive range of biodegradable and sustainable products over the plastic alternative. We are committed to provide you with products designed to reduce waste and encourage reuse. We are passionate about sourcing the finest products and natural ingredients ensuring you receive the best services at the highest quality.

All of our cardboard and paper packaging, including our labels, is sustainably sourced and made from recycled material, all of which is recyclable, fully biodegradable and/or reusable. Even our cellophane is made from plant cellulose and is 100% compostable. This means that it can go straight on your compost heap. 

Together we will progress to a future without plastic.

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As you can see, FrenchHen at 137 High Street, Honiton is ready for us to paint the town red. The shop is the only franchised business in Honiton that can sell the remarkable Frenchic "Alfresco" inside - outside paint. Easy to apply, odourless and animal and child safe, this naturally produced product can be used to renovate a kitchen, bathroom or any furniture inside or outside the house. This self levelling paint when dried and cured is storm proof, hence it can be used for UPVC front doors and windows as well as kitchen and bathroom tiles. Weatherproof, it can be washed with hot water, is self levelling and won't run or drip. With Christmas visitors just around the corner you can renovate your whole kitchen or bathroom, your wooden furniture or stairs, even your beams in a week-end.

Contact Details: ​​Tel: 07855 947859 email: 

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               BEFORE                &                AFTER

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               BEFORE                &                AFTER

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Other items painted with Frenchic's Alfresco

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Chamber Of Commerce 
The Real Grain Bakery


Pictured above, Chamber of Commerce Vice Chair, Clare Norris welcoming Gary and Antoinette Mercer to 11 Black Lion Court, the new premises for their Real Grain Bakery. The move was necessary for the bakery to meet the ever increasing demand for their real grain products. 

With 16 years experience in baking and all products made from scratch on the premises using UK grown organic and heritage grains for their range of sourdough breads the demand for the bakery's genuine bread and superb range of cakes is ever growing. 

In general the bakery supplies produce wholesale to many of the larger and well known outlets in and around Honiton and East Devon, however, due to popular demand they open to the public between 9am and 1pm on Saturday and from 9.30am to 12. Mid-day on Wednesday.  Experience from our visit does indicate that delaying your visit to the last hour may leave you disappointed such is their popularity.

To Contact The Bakery




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Pictured above, Honiton Chamber of Commerce Vice Chair, Clare Norris welcomes a new addition to the High Street, Helen of Helen Hunt Medical Aesthetics, who having practiced for some years within Studio H at the lower end of the High Street, has now opened her own premises at 31 High Street.

This newly refurbished and spotless premises exemplifies everything about the way Helen conducts her aesthetic practice. Not only an advanced qualified nurse registered to prescribe medication but a certified practitioner of Medical Aesthetics for several years in Exeter as well as Honiton and has a Master Level Certificate in Aesthetics Medicine. All medical application materials are sourced through registered Pharmacies legislated by and controlled under The General Pharmaceutical Council and UK Government Legislation. 

Treatments include: 

Anti-Wrinkles: Dermal Fillers, Lip Fillers and Fat Dissolving. 

​Skin Boosters: Profhilo, Sunekos, Redesinty 1, Micro Needling Skinpen,

Polynucleotides and Profhilo Body.

Skin Care: WOW Fusion, Low-Level Light Therapy, Skin Peels, Acne, Ageing, Open Pores, Pigmentation, Rosacea, Skin Scanning and Diamond Glow Facial. 


Contact Details; 

Tel: 01392 984171



Opening Times - Honiton

Wednesday   10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Thursday      10.00 am to 7.00 pm

Saturday       By Appointment Only

PRIDE OF HONITON 2023 - 2024

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Pictured are (left to right) Jackie Balman, Sonia Banks, Grace Chamberlain and Clare Norris who presented the Pride of Honiton Trophy and Certificate 


In winning the award Zest Café, situated in Black Lion Court, beat 43 other nominated businesses. 

On receiving the award Jackie said:

“I am very happy and grateful that so many of our regular customers expressed their appreciation for the service and food we give in our cafe by taking the time to vote. The loyalty shown by our customers means a lot to us and they can be assured the quality of food, cooked and prepared by myself and Sonia, as well as the friendly font of house service by Grace will continue and they will always be met with a broad smile.”


About this year’s competition, 

“The Chamber is delighted with the large number votes received and as expected the majority were online with customers using QR codes for their phone votes. With so many businesses nominated, 43, several of which were new to the town, 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.” 


The Chamber will be awarding runners-up certificates to Combe Garden Centre and Twin Tigers Martial Arts Club, and a special mention goes to Cottage Interiors who, although only opened in Honiton High Street very recently and entered the Pride of Honiton scheme half way through the voting period for this year, came a very creditable and very close fourth place. 


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Honiton Chamber of Commerce Vice Chair, Clare Norris announced the 2023 winner of the Pride of Honiton Award at the winners’ premises, Zest Café. The award celebrates the very best of customer service by local businesses.





Honorary President of Honiton & District Chamber of Commerce, Tony McCollum is seen here welcoming Claire Small, wishing her and husband Luke good fortune and happiness at the opening of their new “Cottage Interiors” premises in Honiton. 

Claire and Luke have been running Cottage Interiors from a workshop in Cullompton and their home farm for ten years specialising in bespoke furniture, home interiors and gifts. The bespoke furniture is strong craftsman-built furniture in perfect condition to which they add their artistic touch using the highest quality furniture paint and wax giving each unique piece a new lease of life. Some pieces can be decorated to order to match existing colour schemes.  The furniture available is complimented by a wide range of homeware gifts to enhance, decorate, and lighten any room.

A few words from Claire and Luke

Whilst we love having beautiful things that look aesthetically pleasing, it’s also very important to us that our home is homely, cosy and practical, especially with a busy home with little people!

With more time now spent at home than ever, it is so important to create an environment that we love and can feel relaxed in. We are confident that our products will help you to achieve this.

We love how we can give an old piece of furniture a new lease of life, and every piece of furniture tells a story to someone! We love the difference we can make and whether it’s a bespoke piece you are purchasing, or we are updating your existing furniture we know you will love the transformation.


61 High Street Honiton EX14 1PW

Tel: 01404 643803



Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9:30 - 4:00

Saturday 9:00 to 5:00

Sunday Closed



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The Hot Pennies celebration has been the historical start to Honiton Fair week and has brought great fun for children and adults alike.


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The Charter  Market Committee are asking shop owners in Honiton to join in the celebration by decorating the High Street and New Street windows with historical artefacts, signs and images.

PRIDE OF HONITON 2023 - 2024

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Relocation -  TRIP are relocating to two shops in the HighStreet from 1st July.
Trustees - we are desperately looking for a Trustee to be Treasurer, preferably an accountant or retired accountant.  It would involve one to two hours per month plus attending a Trustee Meeting every other month on a Monday evening.  
Entrepreneurial/Social Welfare background - a person with other relevant experience would also be welcome as a Trustee.
Volunteer drivers who live in East Devon and those who would like to become Befrienders are always needed too.  So if you have a few spare hours a week and would like to give something back to your community, please ring Noel on 01404 46529.

 Honiton Chamber Breakfast Network Meeting
Wednesday 14th June 2023

    Informative and Fullfilling 

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Nick Smy ACA
Partner at 
01404 540054 -- 07970710983

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Nick was the guest speaker at the chamber's first network meeting of 2023, and delivered a very intuitive and eye opening talk on preparing for inheritance. Nick's talk covered all aspects from trusts to income use, from early disposal to joint and separate allowances and their best use.  However, the audience, having listened intently to the delivery had to be stopped after more than twenty minutes of question time so that all attendees could have their two minute introduction on their own particular business. 

Hats off to Sonia and Jackie from Zest Cafe who catered for the Breakfast Meeting with copious amounts of fresh coffee and tea at the same time attempting the Guinness Book of Records for how much bacon you could get into a bap.

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 Honiton & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry
     Chairman, Paul Fudge welcomes Erhan Kacar
& Desire Jewellery to Honiton       

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Erhan, who has been in the jewellery business for many years with premises and workshops in Hatton Garden opened the third of his west country shops at 119 High Street, Honiton in February of this year with the other two being in Exmouth and Sidmouth; all under the name of "Desire".

Erhan, having kept his workshop at Hatton Garden not only retails high quality jewellery but designs and manufactures jewellery items to order  according to customer specifications as well as undertaking repairs,  

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If you are unable to attend please consider sending an employee and don't worry if you miss this opportunity, all those who email and are not in the first 20 to respond will be given the first option to attend the August meeting.

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1972 to 2022

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Peter Betteridge - Your Bed Expert 


115 High Street Honiton EX14 1HS


Tel:  01404 549992


Our Award-winning family business offers excellent customer service, quality products and competitive prices. Purchasing the right bed is one of the most important decisions you will make and which for many people is life changing. At Peter Betteridge - Your Bed Expert we have 50 years of successful history in providing essential guidance and product knowledge to ensure our customers enjoy many nights of restful sleep. All our staff are trained to the highest standards both in-store, by our manufacturers and suppliers, to ensure their knowledge is consistently up-to-date and accurate They can respond to any enquiries and assist with purchasing the right bed whether it be in-store or on-line. We remain in touch with you the whole way from purchase to delivery to ensure we get things right together.

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All Hallows Museum Receives 
70th Jubilee Beacon of Queen Elizabeth II 

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Pictured above are Honiton's Mayor, Councillor Serena Sexton accompanied by Councillors Kate Cloke and Tony McCollum presenting the Beacon especially commissioned to celebrate the Queen's 70th Jubilee in 2022 to museum personnel, extreme right Margaret Lewis, Curator and 2nd from right Rosemary Connett, Chair of All Hallows Trustees. .

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The Chamber Committee encourages any member or potential member of the Chamber of Commerce to attendIn particular, anyone willing to spare a few hours a month to help as a member of the committee in promoting Honiton as a unique shopping and tourist destination, as a place for small businesses to grow, for new and established businesses to flourish and to help by supporting those businesses wherever possible

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          A Sunday Well Spent  


Pictured here are members of the Honiton Chamber of Commerce Committee having completed a good days work adorning the High Street with flags and bunting in preparation for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Left to right are:
Tony McCollum - Hon. President, Joseph M Furneaux-Gotch - Vice Chairman and
Paul Fudge - Chairman


Honiton Chamber of Commerce wish all at Bests of Honiton the greatest success for the future for many more generations to come

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.

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