Business Action | April / May 2019


April / May 2019 issue of the independent North Devon-based business magazine covering news about business and enterprise in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, Chulmleigh, Combe Martin, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe, Lynmouth, Lynton, South Molton, Torrington, Woolacombe and more.

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Pinnacle Award offers £3,000 prize to young people

The 2019 Pinnacle Award,

organised by the Exmoor

Society, is now open to young

people aged 18 to 27 years

who live, work or study in the

Greater Exmoor area.

The award offers up to

£3,000 to an individual or

group who have an idea for

a business venture based

on Exmoor, for example, in

agriculture, forestry, food and

drink, conservation, horticulture,

craft, tourism, or any

outdoor land-based activity.

Now in its eighth year, the

award was established to help

young entrepreneurs live and

work on Exmoor. As a conservation

body, the society fully

recognises the importance of

providing opportunities for

young people to continue to

live in the area by encouraging

entrepreneurial activity.

The award also helps to

promote the idea that beautiful

landscapes and livelihoods

in a National Park do

go together. Previous applications

have come from people

making cider and developing a

herd of pedigree cattle.

So far the award has helped

fund young people either

setting up or developing

businesses such as agricultural

contracting, country

clothing and woodland

management. There were

three successful applicants

in 2018: Polly Goodman,

Philip Stephens and Camilla

Waterer, who were developing

respectively goat meat from

local herds, vehicle canopies

from lightweight material and

horse-drawn carriage rides

over the moor for celebrations

and special picnics. All

three applicants impressed the

judges so much that trustees

decided to offer the full award

to each one.

Public unaware of how to recycle scrap metal

Members of the public prefer

to take their metal waste to a

local council recycling centre

instead of a metal recycling

company, according to a recent

survey by YouGov for a leading

UK metal recycler.

65% prefer this option,

not realising that regulated

recyclers not only genuinely

recycle scrap metal, but will

pay to receive it. Only 32% said

they would sell to a scrap metal

company, and a ‘worrying’ 1%

said they would fly-tip it. The

remainder would pay someone

externally to take it away

directly from their home.

“If the results coming out of

the survey are to be believed, it

is very worrying,” says Martin

Mogford, managing director of

SWM. “As the region’s leading

metal recycler, we strongly

believe that promoting the need

to recycle all metal is a fundamental

part of what we do.

“SWM want the general

public to be aware that we

welcome their business, and

are investing to make our yards

more welcoming. The public

could be missing out so we

want them to know that now

it is easier than ever to sell

waste metal to SWM. Not only

do you get the peace of mind

knowing that your metal is

recycled efficiently, but you also

get paid for it.”

As part of a global recycling

programme, SWM has also

launched an initiative which

gives back to local charities

and organisations who support

scrap metal recycling through

their metal recycling yards.

For every tonne of waste metal

purchased, SWM will donate

a percentage to a nominated

charity or organisation. During

March it supported North

Devon Hospice.

As a family business, SWM

is proud to support an initiative

recognising that businesses

can make a difference to

Winner Polly Goodman is developing goat meat from local herds

local communities and to the

environment. It believes the

metals recycling industry,

while being a driver of the

circular economy, faces many

challenges. This includes scrap

yards who pay cash for scrap

metal, which is illegal. It is also

illegal to receive cash for scrap.

Yards such as SWM, which

is a Metal Recycling Association

member, ensure they are

environmentally compliant,

pay close attention to the

health and safety and welfare of

their employees, and support

the local community.

Anyone can take scrap

metal to one of SWM’s yards in

Barnstaple, Bideford or South

Molton and receive payment

in addition to raising funds for

worthy local causes.

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Exmoor Society chairman

Rachel Thomas, said: “There

is a great deal of concern that

young people have to leave

Exmoor because of the lack

of employment. By providing

seed core money through the

Pinnacle Award, the society

hopes to enable them to stay

in the area and keep the moor

alive and thriving.”

The society aims to attract

even more entries this year

before the closing date of

30 June 2019. Entry is via a

simple form with a reference

from a mentor or sponsor.

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Power plant factory

installs solar panels

TDK Corporation has installed

solar panels at its power supply

manufacturing facility in Ilfracombe

to help power the whole

factory, including its recently

opened EMC test facility. The

company anticipates a return

on investment in the 92kWh

solar array in five years.

“The west facing roof of

‘Factory 2’ is the ideal place to

install solar panels as it gets

maximum exposure to the sun,

while being obscured from

general view,” explains Geoff

Wilby, joint managing director,

TDK-Lambda UK. “From day

one, the solar panels will significantly

reduce expenditure on

energy, whilst showing local

residents and our customers

our continued commitment to

improving the environment.”

The solar panels, combined

with an upgrade of the lighting

system to LED technology, aim

to minimise the whole facility’s

grid power requirements.


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