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Update – Exeter Business Network Charity Auction – lot’s for lot’s

November 11, 2013
“No one has ever become poor by giving” – Anne Frank,
Exeter Business Network supports the following charities – Families for Children, St Loye’s Foundation, WESC Foundation and Devon Air Ambulance
I would like to offer you the opportunity to support the fabulous work that these charities do at the Exeter Business Network on 4th December at Sandy Park
Historically we have had a Christmas raffle at the December lunch but for December 2013 we are having an auction and we would like to ask you to donate a prize. Our auctioneer will be David Fitzgerald (Fitz) – from BBC Radio Devon!
“I try not to speak about all the charities and people I help, because I believe we can only be truly generous when we expect nothing in return”
– Muhammad Ali
Any prizes that you wish to donate that will encourage people to really want to bid for would be great! Your time, expertise are all valuable and business enhancing and so are spa experiences, hotel stays, dining experiences, cases of fine wine, sporting memorabilia and I am sure there are many, many things that you have that can be auctioned!
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed”– Maya Angelou
“If you’re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent” – Warren Buffett
Oh and did I say “Any prizes that you wish to donate that will encourage people to really want to bid for would be great! Your time, expertise are all valuable and business enhancing and so are spa experiences, hotel stays, dining experiences, cases of fine wine, sporting memorabilia and I am sure there are many, many things that you have that can be auctioned!”
Smaller lots will be bundled together to make fabulous lots!
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan
If you would like to offer something then please let me know and very importantly –
If you would like to bid then you have 2 choices – the best choice is to be at the event – contact for your invite or the second  was to bid online – a commision bid***, by Twitter or something like that – but having considered my IT skills – best you come along and enjoy supporting the charities and benefiting from THE networking lunch

A soupçon of what’s already been offered!


From QuickPrint South West Ltd – CANVAS PRINT – 40 inches x 30 inches (1,100mm x 850mm) supplied on a 1 inch Pine Frame with a Digital Photo or Picture of your choice – worth over £100.

From Winning Tenders –  a free PQQ submission worth £750. So, for a company that is trying to bid for a contract and needing help in qualifying, this will give them a good chance of then being invited to tender.

From High Path VAT Consultancy –  two bottles of rather nice prosecco

From Bramblebuzz – a fine bottle of red wine

From Nigel Wilkinson – WNW Design –  Exmouth Guide website, which is the official web guide for Exmouth, listing Accommodation, What’s on, Where to Eat & Shop.  The website gets well over 100,000 visitors per year.

The Exmouth Guide will offer a Standard Listing on the website, in a section of the buyers choice,  description & normal retail price below.

One picture*, Name, Address, Telephone, Email, Website Link,
Price Guide,  max 75 word description

From Q Social Media – a bottle of champagne

From Sandy Park – Exeter Chiefs Signed Rugby Ball

From Michael Caines – Patron of Families for Children – a signed copy of his first book – At Home and a bottle of champagne

From Casino Select  – 1 casino table of your choice plus one croupier – value £££££££££££

 Hot Air Balloon Flight for 2 people (Courtesy of Westpoint) -£££££££££££££ – sky high!
4  Exeter Chiefs grandstand tickets for 15th February 2014  (courtesy of Le-Roy Funeral Services) – Value to you as an Exeter Chiefs fan or as someone who knows an Exeter Chiefs fan – £££££££££££££££££££
Lord Haldon Country House Hotel – free stay from 01 January – 31 March 2014, based on two people in the best room available at time of booking.  Value ££££££
thebestof Exeter would like to offer the following:
3 months advertising on our 4 digital screens in Exeter.
The screens are in the Guildhall Shopping Centre, Taste Cafe on Marsh Barton, Fresha Cafe on Sowton. The Guildhall screens are 2 x 55inch, you cannot miss them!  The combined audience is over 105,000 per week! Value £££££££
Diggerland image - Guildhall Screens
From Search Consultancy –  bottle of Amaretto and a Panettone.  £££££££
From Enterprise Assist and Listen 2 Win –  Keryn Seal’s  Captain of England Blind Football Team –  first Captains shirt complete with arm band. ££££££
A voucher for four Premier tickets (value ££££) for a race day of the winners choice between now and May (the exception being New Years Day)
Bed and Breakfast stay at Bovey Castle. ££££££
From St Loye’s Foundation – a gardening team for a day ££££££££
Donating a couple bottles of fine wine for the auction are Simpkins Edwards LLP £££££££££
From The HR Dept – a turquoise cast iron 3.5litre casserole dish worth £££££££

Voco Veritas will donate a 60-day Subscription to our Advance SEO Analysis Platform – basically an MRI scan of where your site sits in the Search Engines and why.  It gives clear indications of what your website administrator can do to increase your rankings.   The book value of this is man, many £100’s and we will include free set-up.

A half day of HR advice to be taken any time throughout 2014 and an Endorse HR radio controlled clock (set by the national atomic clock – timely employment advice for businesses!). ££££££££

Tour of Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station – courtesy of Tim Wadsworth from Space

Lyme Regis Lifeboat, The Spirit of Loch Fyne is an 8.5 metre rigid inflatable. The Atlantic 85 was introduced in the latter half of 2005 as the latest development of the B class and Lyme Regis received delivery of the brand new boat in April this year. They have a manually operated self-righting mechanism and are capable of being beached in an emergency without sustaining damage to engines or steering gear. The Atlantic 85 is fitted with radar and VHF direction finding equipment and can be operated safely in daylight in a force 6/7 and at night in a force 5/6.  The tour will be with Tim Wadsworth a volunteer lifeboat crew and will take approximately 30/45 minutes. You will see where the crew rush to change in to their all weather gear. Get answers to questions you have always wondered about. You can climb onto the Lifeboat but we won’t be going to sea!  This will be ideal for a family with young children or groups of up to ten. £££££££

Exeter City Legends signed footie t shirt – ££££££££

A Mercedes Benz test drive for a WHOLE WEEKEND- £££££££££££££££££££

Heart FM a station tour courtesy of Global Radio – £££££££££

Bottles of wine, champagne, Laphroaig Islay single malt whisky………..

Guy Arnold – Great or poor

“Hi Sean: I’d be more than pleased to offer a 2 hour training workshop for up to 12 people in a business on ‘Sales Through Service’: value £££££££££££”


***If you cannot attend the auction in person to bid, you can submit a commission bid 

Commission bids are the maximum amount up to which the auctioneer may bid on your behalf.   They will be executed at the lowest possible price having regard to any reserve and competing bids.  If two buyers submit identical commission bids, the auctioneer will give preference to the first bid received. The auctioneer will execute commission bids directly from the rostrum, clearly identifying the successful bid as commission bid.

Commission bids may be left by email to no later than 3rd December 2013


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