Peter Heaton-Jones MP – do we invest or not invest in North Devon? @PeterNorthDevon #brexit #devonbusiness #southmolton #ndevon

I was delighted to be the guest speaker at a meeting of the South Molton Business Association. The venue was Mole Valley Farmers – one of the area’s biggest employers.

We had a wide-ranging discussion dominated by ‘the three Bs’ – Business Rates, Broadband and Brexit. Among those attending were representatives of many local companies as well as County, District and Town Councillors, which was good to see.

From the Newsletter of Peter Heaton-Jones MP

Peter Heaton-Jones MP answered questions put to him in a clear and precise way, covering subjects from, the inadequacies of the North Devon Link Road to the new proposed business rates…

He did however admit that his answers couldn’t be written in stone until after Brexit negotiations had been conclude, which will take two years. He advised us all to stay calm and to wait and see what happens over this haggling period . Not easy advise to take if you are planning on expanding or starting a new business…

Do we invest or not invest in our businesses?

We need a positive incentive from Westminster – we need proof that they are 100% behind British Business. Increasing Business Rates is not the type of reassurance we require…


…extremely optimistic about the local economy here in North Devon. Of course there are challenges, and I’m working on them. But my main message is this – let’s go out and tell people that North Devon is a great place to invest, create jobs, and do business.

From the Newsletter of Peter Heaton-Jones MP

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Mole Valley Farmers (situated on Pathfields Business Park, South Molton) will host a  South Molton Business Association event on Friday 3rd March.  Peter Heaton-Jones MP will be their speaker.

Our local MP Peter Heaton-Jones has kindly agreed to lead a meeting to explain how government policy can encourage local business retention, what we can do to develop new business and what his priorities are for business growth in North Devon. The talk by Peter will be followed by a Q&A session. There will be an opportunity to talk with Peter on a less formal basis.

Please contact Michael Buckingham at or on 07973 803740 for more information and to confirm your place.

South Molton Business Association

South Molton Business Association would like to thank Mole Valley Farmers for their assistance in putting on this event.


Thank you everyone for making Winter Wonderland a success. #ndevon #southmolton

Winter Wonderland in the Pannier Market is over for 2016

Possibly the best ever Christmas event we have been involved in and preparations for 2017 are already in the pipeline.

Thankfully the weather was kind to us and the event was well supported by locals and visitors from further afield. They made the event a success by supporting the traders inside and outside the Pannier Market. The local hostelries and shops were also doing a roaring trade, all contributing and helping to making the heart of South Molton beat a little louder.

The BBC comes to town…


The arrival of BBC TV into South Molton showed the rest of the South West what South Molton has to offer. Their coverage of the whole town was a shot in the arm. St Mary Magdalene church looked resplendent decked out with imaginative and creative Christmas trees. Their Christmas Tree Festival continues until 5th December, you must go and see it.

We would like to thank everyone who was involved in this event, traders, performers, local schools and businesses, for all their efforts and support, without you events like this couldn’t happen.

The festivities are not over, there is still the Fatstock Show on Sunday and Santa has moved to Quince Honey Farm where you can ride a donkey to the grotto. The shops and markets are still open, running right up to Christmas so please continue with your support and ‘shop till you drop’.

A note from the Winter Wonderland Committee:

The event ran very smoothly despite having to fit in the needs of BBC Spotlight!

The Lantern Parade, Pannier Market and Square looked great and had a fantastic atmosphere.

I hope traders, retailers and vendors all had a good night but the goal is to raise the profile and awareness  of South Molton and all its businesses for 365 days.

David Walker (organising committee Winter Wonderland)


Children’s Lantern Parade – #southmolton #ndevon

The children’s lantern parade commences at 6pm from the South Molton Infant School.

Over 400 children from 6 different schools in and around South Molton have been making their own lanterns over the last few weeks. The parade will be lead, as is tradition here in South Molton, by a SAMBA band. Ending up in the town square where music, entertainment, rides, food, drink and many Christmas stalls will be set up in the Pannier market.

Great atmosphere and a fun night for all

SMBA Winter Wonderland 2016

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Winter Wonderland 2016

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FREE Children’s play and disco at the Coaching Inn, South Molton from 8pm on Friday 2nd December. All the family welcome!!

This year our Winter Wonderland event is taking place on Friday 2nd December in the Pannier Market, South Molton.

There will be traditional rides, live music and children’s entertainment in the square to complement the late night shopping around the town and in the pannier market. St Mary Magdalene church will run the ever popular Christmas Tree Festival from 1st December for 5 days and on Sunday 4th December the Fatstock Show will be held.

A whole weekend of shopping and entertainment in South Molton