Terry Schofield, FSB Policy Chairman, presenting East Devon District Councillor Jenny Brown with the award for Best Small Business Friendly Place Making, which was won by the council for its work at Seaton Jurassic

Seaton Jurassic rewarded by FSB for helping support smaller businesses

An East Devon Devon District Council scheme has won an award at the Devon Region of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Council Awards 2016.

Best ‘Small Business Friendly’ Place Making award went to East Devon’s outstanding Seaton Jurassic tourist attraction, which in the opinion of the judges demonstrated the best methods to attract shoppers or tourists to an area to help businesses. The FSB described Seaton Jurassic as a well deserved winner for 2016, saying:

The attraction is now open and has helped ensure Seaton is now on all visitors wish list and has given the entire town a new lease of life.

Councillor Jenny Brown, Lead Councillor – Tourism at East Devon District Council and ward member for Honiton St Michaels, who accepted the award on behalf of the council, said:

It is an amazing achievement for East Devon District Council to have received this prestigious FSB business award and it was my great pleasure to accept it on behalf of the council.

Seaton Jurassic is an incredible new visitor attraction that was successfully delivered by East Devon District Council. It is an outstanding focal point, which is bringing increased tourism to Seaton’s businesses, as well as offering a unique Jurassic Coast experience and I strongly recommend it to anyone.

The Centre opened on Easter Saturday this year, followed by a visit from HRH Princess Royal who also acknowledged what a terrific achievement the opening of the Centre is for the town.

In particular, I would like to thank Alison Hayward, East Devon’s Senior Manager for Regeneration and Economic Development, for all her hard work in leading the development of this landmark physical regeneration scheme and to the Devon Wildlife Trust for their ongoing management of the centre.

East Devon has invested over £1.9m in this project, because it is key to bringing forward wider regeneration and investment, as well as local economic opportunities and increased tourism levels in Seaton and beyond. This is something I’ll continue to support in my role with the council.