About us

The Blackdown Hills Business Association is a not-for-profit membership based organisation which was set up in the early 1980s in order to bring together small businesses who were finding it difficult to promote their businesses individually. These businesses saw the value of promoting themselves collectively. This need remains at the core of the BHBA activities today. Our membership stands with over 200 business members and supporters.

The BHBA has an executive Board of Directors:

Heather Stallard MBE, David Ball (David Ball Furniture Restoration), , Steve Whitley (Corrymoor Socks), Adrian Stallard (Lentells Ltd, Chartered Accountants), , Sarah Machin (Windover Farm Cottage), Donna Lucking (Ellises Farm), John Carr (retired) and Andrew Lovering.

The following businesses have expressed an interest in joining the BHBA board and are attending our regular meetings:- Rebecca Bond (Otter Valley Dairy), Emma Finch (Meaningful Soles Reflexology)

If you are interested in joining the board, please get in touch, as we are keen to grow the BHBA and are looking for new board directors to take the BHBA forward.

The day to day organisation and activities of the BHBA are delivered by Claire Stepney who joined the BHBA in April 2016.


Claire Stepney - "I registered my business to be a member of the BHBA in February 2014, at the successful  women in business event at the Candlelight Inn, Bishopswood which attracted over 30 women.  

As the new Co-ordinator, I will be looking at all our business members and prospective members and identifying new, tailored support to support specific needs. Watch this space for new events which will be posted on our 'Events' page soon!

The Blackdown Hills Business Association aims to:

  • Promote the skills and expertise of all businesses in the Blackdown Hills.
  • Support the development and needs of businesses that contribute so much to the prosperity of the area.
  • Engage with the local communities and visitors in the area.
  • Connect and build partnerships with organisations outside the Blackdown Hills.