South Hams District Council to host free Business Voice Forum


South Hams District Council will be hosting a free Business Voice Forum at Follaton House, Totnes on 14 January.

The event has been planned entirely with local businesses in mind, offering an opportunity for companies, big and small, to come together and share ideas, whilst forging new local business contacts.

The event, will commence with a welcoming address by the Leader of the Council, Cllr John Tucker.  Also in attendance will be SHDC Executive Director of Paid Service, Steve Jorden.

From the business community, there will be a range of speakers, beginning with the evening’s Keynote address by David Rowe, Managing Director of Applied Automation, who will be attending to share his extensive business knowledge.  Another inspirational speaker, is Dotty King, a Bere Alston based baker whose cottage industry business, ‘Dot-Teas’ has really taken off.  Dotty will be talking about her recipe for continued success.  If you need information about the Consumer Rights Act and how it affects you, then Devon County Council’s Trading Standards Compliance Manager, Mark Peacock, is available for a whistle stop tour for business.

David Rowe, Managing Director, Applied Automation (UK) Ltd said: “When it comes to networking there’s still no substitute to face to face meetings.  This Business Voice Forum organised by South Hams District Council is an opportunity for the business community to gain more useful contacts, raise your profile and find out what support is available locally.  I am pleased to be presenting at the forum and look forward to discussing how important our manufacturing industry is for the South West economy.”

Other presentations, include South Hams District Council’s Budget proposals for 2016 -17 from Lisa Buckle, Finance Community of Practice Lead.  There will also be a short presentation from Lisa Buckle and Steve Henstock on Business Rates and the types of business rates relief available.  Both of these sessions will be followed by an opportunity to ask the speakers questions.

Fleur Barr, Environmental Health Specialist, South Hams District Council said: “This Business Voice Forum is a networking opportunity with a range of speakers put together as a result of feedback received from the business community.  I am pleased that we have speakers from different backgrounds and topics to reach out to a wide range of people.  It is a chance to speak to likeminded businesses, receive a range of regulatory free support from trading standards, fire safety and food safety, and find out what’s going on locally to make your business grow and be successful.  All of this is free and if you would like to attend, please email me direct:

Anyone from the business community is welcome to attend, with doors opening for light refreshments and networking at 6:00 p.m. for a 6:20 p.m. start and to finish at approximately 8:00 p.m.  Please enter via the old Follaton House entrance.

You can also sign up for the Business Voice Newsletter here which provides up to date business support advice and guidance.  There is a brief survey to complete (at the end of the newsletter) to ensure that the type of information and events catered for meet the specific needs of our local businesses.


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