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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

E-mail:   Website:  

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Each year Honiton Chamber of Commerce looks for the business that offers the highest levels of good customer service as chosen by the people that experience it first-hand.


Your nomination could be a result of advice given, the attentiveness of the staff or just a generally friendly attitude and willingness to help.


To nominate your chosen business simply complete the forms held where

you see the poster below and drop it off at any of the premises listed 

or simply click on one of the posters and go to the Pride of Honiton page to vote on line.


Lacemakers Cafe 46 High Street,


Stitched Up 135 High Street


French Hen 137 High Street­­­



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Saturday 18th December 2017

Jinny's Market Expansion 

Clicks With Honiton Knitters & Stitchers

Jinny On The Market who has been supplying materials and off cuts on the Honiton Town market has expanded her retail products to include wool, cotton, ribbons and buttons as well as many other craft items. This was in response to demand following the closure of a near-by outlet.




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. 
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
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 

Saturday 18th December 2017

Inaugural Presentation of the

Honitonian Of The Year Award

On Saturday 18th November 2017 as Honiton’s Christmas Tree lights were switched on by Peter Halse of Halse South West engineering, little did he know that an even bigger surprise awaited him. In recognising the continued support Peter has shown the Chamber of Commerce in helping with transporting the tree and for his many years of dedicated service to the Town and People of Honiton as a councillor, an employer continuing a tradition of five generations and a Friend of Honiton; the Chamber of Commerce awarded Peter with the inaugural “Honitonian Of The Year” award and accompanying certificate.   
Peter, accompanied by his wife Ann, received the Award and Certificate at the Switch On of the Honiton Tree outside St. Paul's Church. Peter was chosen to switch on the lights as for several years Halse South West engineering had freely donated heavy lifting machinery and staff to put the tree in place. 

Saturday 18th December 2017

Wednesday 18th Octoberber 2017

Car Wash facilities
return to Honiton

Welcome To BP and Marks & Spencer

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. 

Saturday 23rd September 2017

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.

Thursday 7th September 2017

Honiton Chamber Supports Alan Rowe Charity Event 

Chairman of Honiton & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Anthony McCollum, presents a cheque from the Chamber to Alan Rowe toward his charity event to take place on Saturday 9th September when the proceeds of the days barbering will be donated to the Honiton Admiral Nurse Campaign in support of the Honiton Dementia Action Alliance.  This event is part of Alan and his family celebrating 50 years of barbering and 25 years in Honiton. During his time in Honiton Alan has raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity. One event alone raised £260,000 by collecting used stamps since 1992 to 2016.  Alan insisted on thanking his many friends for supporting his endeavours to raise money for numerous charities. In particular fellow business people of Honiton, his many customers over the years and Devonshire Freemasons.  Alan is particularly proud of being the founder of "The Baton," a mission primarily set up for awareness, it carries a message of gratitude from those who wish to support the brave men and women of our armed forces who have and do risk their lives so that we may live with freedom of choice, peace and safety. Click on the Baton Facebook link below to read more

Thursday 10th August 2017

Honiton Chamber's Achievement Of The Year Award 

On Thursday 10th August 2017 Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman, Anthony McCollum, presented the inaugural Achievement Of The Year Award to Colin and Sam Eaton of the Honiton Hearing Centre, New Street, Honiton.  Awarded the Centre of Excellence status by the Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals in 2010 Colin is currently the chairman of the AIHHP.  In 2017 the hearing centre received ‘Consultant Approved’ accreditation by Phonak, the world’s leading manufacturer of hearing instruments. In a first of its kind, the award recognises the centre as offering an outstanding level of care to their customers and best practice in audiology.


To qualify under the ‘Consultant Approved Site’ scheme and become recognised as a centre of excellence, Colin Eaton, the audiologist at Honiton Hearing Centre, and Sam Eaton the patient care co-ordinator were required to pass a series of audits against best practice set by an independent advisory panel, made up of some of the best clinicians in the country, including Harley Street audiologist Rony Ganguly and Professor Quentin Summerfield from the University of York.

The chamber award was made in recognition of Colin and Sam's achievement in bringing Honiton Hearing Centre to the forefront in the practice of hearing and healthcare by providing excellence in service combined with the use of the most up to date technology available to best aid their customers.

Saturday 5th August 2017

Farewell To An Angel Of The Chamber

On Saturday 5th August 2017 Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry said goodbye to Sue Bewsey after sixteen years devoted service to the chamber and to Honiton.  Chairman, Anthony McCollum, presented Sue with an olive tree on behalf of the members as a token of appreciation for her many years service including ten years as Vice Chairman. Sue  was instrumental in obtaining lottery funding to re establish the Charter Day festivities celebrating the 75oth Anniversary.   Sue was also jointly responsible for the Chamber saving the Honiton Town Christmas lights. Both achievements have served to create a lasting legacy of Sue's many years in office.

Thursday 3rd August 2017

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.

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Honiton students invited to enter design competition

Creative young people in Honiton have been challenged to play a major part in boosting their town’s economy.

Traders in the town want help improving their marketing message – and they are throwing down the gauntlet to the younger generation. Honiton Chamber of Commerce are today asking young designers to create a new emblem to help them put the town on the map.


The Honiton Chamber of Commerce has served the town’s traders since 1938, and is still actively engaged in promoting tourism within the county. The chamber is the largest in East Devon.

Honiton Chamber chairman Tony McCollum said: “The young people of Honiton are potentially chamber members of the future, so why not let them decide on the organisation’s image for the coming years?  The chamber is a vibrant organisation working hard for the benefit of local businesses, the local economy and for the greater good of Honiton overall. We want a brand image that reflects that hard work and vibrancy.  It is the opinion of the chamber’s executive committee that the young people of the town can provide that for us.  We are delighted that the View From Honiton has come on board as our media partner for this project and thank them for all the professional support they are offering. This shows what can be achieved when two great organisations come together to work for the good of the community.”

21st April 2017

Pride of Honiton Winner Announced 

Honiton Chamber of Commerce Chair, Tony McCollum announced the 2017 winner of the Pride of Honiton Award at the Chamber’s annual general meeting.  Paul Newman of Honiton Sports Shop was delighted to receive the award, “We have worked hard to please our customers and to advise them well.  We would rather not sell something than have someone leave the shop with a product that is not right for them and their needs.  I would like to think that shoppers in our store buy safe in the knowledge that they have been sold the most appropriate item for them, whether that's a new pair of trainers for the gym or a swimsuit for triathlon training.  I cannot express how grateful we are to all those who voted for us, it really does mean a lot and is genuinely appreciated.”

Friday 17th March 2017

Pickle Shack Pop Up Restaurant Dinner

Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised a very successful evening dinner at The  Mackerness Hall in Honiton. The event was, of course, over subscribed due to the increasing popularity of the Devon based Pickle Shack who mix traditional local ingredients with modern Michelin influenced cooking techniques.  The event raised money for the Chamber to use in promoting Honiton as a Business and Shopping destination of choice.

Pickle Shack Pop Up Restaurant Dinner

Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised a very successful evening dinner at The  Mackerness Hall in Honiton. The event was, of course, over subscribed due to the increasing popularity of the Devon based Pickle Shack who mix traditional local ingredients with modern Michelin influenced cooking techniques.  The event raised money for the Chamber to use in promoting Honiton as a Business and Shopping destination of choice.

November  19th 2016

Ava, the daughter of Coombe Estate family switches on the Christmas Lights

Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce raised sufficient funds by calling upon businesses and residents to light up the town for  Christmas 2016. The Christmas lights were switched on by Ava, the eldest daughter of the Combe Estate family.  Combe Estate had also donated the Christmas tree which stood at the front of St Paul’s Church.  In the afternoon, there was street entertainment, with a sound system provided by Otter Windows, so everyone could enjoy the carol singing. Honiton Lions Club was also in attendance with Father Christmas handing out sweets.  Chamber chairman Tony McCollum thanked Honiton Town Council for its help and all the sponsors of the event.  He added: “Yet again the Christmas lights are a magnificent beacon to shoppers, but this year we are glad that so many got in to the spirit and lit up their shop windows so that Honiton shone brightly for all to see. We are eternally grateful to all our sponsors and Honiton Town Council for their support at such a busy time of year. It helped to make Honiton a truly magical Christmas shopping destination. With the cheaper parking and so many unique individual businesses mixed in with the larger nationals, Honiton is a must for all to come and shop for that special present. The Chamber thanked all the shops and businesses that had donated money over the previous few years, to make this annual light up event possible for 2016. It’s amazing how many chambers experience the same sort of problems – car parking, high rates and planning applications, all topped off with little or no money in the kitty to promote themselves or their towns. We have been so lucky in the support that we have received both from our local chamber and East Devon District Council.”

April 17th 2016

New Chairman for Honiton And District Chamber of Commerce And Industry

Congratulations to Anthony McCollum on his acceptance to become The Chairman of Honiton Chamber of Commerce.  "We look forward to seeing new faces attending our meetings and providing more insight to what we as Chamber of Commerce can provide for the Town itself." said Tony.

Colin Wright - Stepping Down

Chamber of Commerce chairman, Colin Wright, has decided to step down from the role with his deputy Tony McCollum set to take over.  Mr Wright has been a member of the chamber for 12 years and chairman for eight. He is stepping down from the position to spend more time with his family. At the Annual General Meeting in March, he was awarded the title of honorary president for his services to the group.  Mr Wright said: “Being elected as chairman at an AGM all those years ago came as a complete surprise and really was a roller coaster learning curve.  I’d like to thank a great team around me, the blow was softened by the help of the committee and I shall always be extremely grateful for their support over many years.” He continued: “My time as chairman has been a fantastic experience and I have met so many amiable people – both locally and in businesses – all over the country.  

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