Budleigh in Business closes after five years

PUBLISHED: 10:17 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:17 25 May 2017

Budleigh Salterton High Street. Ref exb 18-16SH 2918. Picture: Simon Horn.

Budleigh Salterton High Street. Ref exb 18-16SH 2918. Picture: Simon Horn.

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A traders’ forum for businesses in Budleigh Salterton has closed after five years.

Budleigh in Business formed in 2012 from a sub-committee of the town’s chamber of commerce, with a view to boosting trade.

However, after the emerging Neighbourhood Plan called for the town’s business organisations to work together, the committee has decided to fold.

In a letter to members, chairman Helen Warren said that a low subscription also contributed to the decision.

She wrote: “Sadly, the committee of Budleigh in Business has decided to cease continuing as a business forum.

“The low volume of subscriptions last year and the year before do not warrant the running costs and unfortunately the committee is currently down to three people, who are unable to keep up with the necessary updates and event planning on their own.

“Budleigh in Business has achieved many things throughout its existence, including the buy local campaign, town maps and the start of the food and drink festival, which now runs as an independent event.”

More recently, the group has had success raising funds for two new public access defibrillators on the seafront, which Mrs Warren said will be in place ‘very soon’.

She added that any remaining funds in the organisation’s account will be distributed among good causes which promote Budleigh.

At the recent Budleigh and District Chamber of Commerce annnual general meeting, Mrs Warren was elected onto the executive committee and is hoping that Budleigh in Businesses’s company directory can be incorporated by the chamber.

She added: “In this role, I hope to continue to serve the needs of both the town and its businesses.

“I would like to see some of the ideas that Budleigh in Business brought in to support its members reproduced, such as the website, business directory and use of social media and I will be urging the chamber to consider these options.”


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