Twelve organisations receive a share of £6,000

Dragons have been out in force in Honiton as twelve local organisations competed, Dragons' Den-style, for a share of £6,000.

Each had three minutes to present their pitch in front of Dragons including Devon County Councillor Phil Twiss, Jenny Fish from the Big Lottery, Honiton Town Councillor Mike Jones, and East Devon District council's Community Engagement and Grants Officer, Jamie Buckley.

Devon County Council gave £4,400, Honiton Town Council gave £1,000 and East Devon District Council gave £600.

The Dragon's were asked to pick their top five groups.  But so impressed by all the groups were they, the judges agreed that each would receive equal share of the pot.  All recipients will receive £500.

They include:

The Dragon's funding means that each group stands a better chance to apply for match funding from the Big Lottery.

The event, the fourth Dragon's Den held in the town, was organised by Devon County Council, Action East Devon, and East Devon District Council, and it attracted more applicants than ever before.

Devon County Councillor Phil Twiss, who allocated the DCC funding from his Locality Budget, said:

I can honestly say that I thought that the event was fantastic for giving local organisations the opportunity to bid for much needed funding, and to professionally showcase what they did or planned to do.  It made people aware of the valuable contributions these organisations make to people in East Devon.

 I hope that the informal networking that also took place will evolve in to a more structured way of contributing even more positively to people's lives in East Devon.

Cllr Jill Elson, East Devon District's portfolio holder for Sustainable Homes and Communities, said:

It was a very successful event and it was also valuable for local voluntary groups to meet others to know the wealth of help available for the local community.

Honiton Town Councillor Mike Jones, said:

Honiton Town Council were proud to co-host the recent Dragons Den event. Competition was fierce and public support fantastic.  We should definitely look to make it bigger and better this next time.  Thank you to all who put in so much effort to organise this popular event.  Always willing to breath some more fire next year!