June / July 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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BBxpo EXHIBITORS SO FAR . . . EXHIBITORS SO FAR . . . BNIB bnibarnstaple.co.uk Business Networking in Barnstaple (BNIB) is a team of businesses from across North Devon who meet weekly in order to expand their business through making new contacts and gaining new work through focused business referrals. Cirrusli cirrusli.co.uk Top-notch training in cloud and digital accounting systems across North Devon and Cornwall. CITB citb.co.uk The industry training board for the construction sector, helping it to attract talent and to support skills development. Clarity Copiers North Devon claritynorthdevon.co.uk Advice, demonstration, service, rental & sale of colour printers, copiers & MFPs (multifunctional printers). Dare2BU dare2bu.co.uk Working to make North Devon the most mentally healthy place to live and work. Devon Electric Heating devonelectricheating.co.uk Electric heating systems – supplied and installed – throughout the South West. Fernbank Advertising fernbankadvertising.co.uk Promoting your business through advertisements on bus shelters across the South West region. Fitzgerald HR fitzgeraldhr.co.uk With offices in Devon, Somerset and London, Fitzgerald HR provides Human Resources with the human touch to small, medium and large organisations. Jobcentre Plus dwp.gov.uk Engage with employers to identify bespoke labour market solutions creating opportunities for DWP customers. Thursday 24 October Devon Hall, Bideford College Presentation programme Build Your Personal Brand Online | Google Digital Garage Learn to identify your brand, build and protect your online presence, and share content to your network. Get Your Business Visible on Google | Google Digital Garage Get your business visible on Google Maps and Search. High Performance in the Workplace | Dare2BU 1 in 4 people suffer with a mental health problem every year. How does it impact a business when employees have mental ill-health and what can businesses do to help improve employees’ well-being and their productivity? Benefits of Upskilling Your Workforce | Petroc Supporting your staff will bring benefits to you and them. This presentation will discuss specific qualifications, short courses or apprenticeships as a route to help your staff upskill. This interactive discussion will be an opportunity to explore the options for you and your business and staff. Celebrating North Devon Entrepreneurs A panel of local business people will discuss their own business experiences and answer questions on how to build a successful business in North Devon. North Devon Enterprise Day Free Networking Buffet The ultimate free lunch brings together business people to network and build new relationships on North Devon Enterprise Day. YOU CAN EXHIBIT – BOOK STAND(S) NOW at bbxpo.uk Learn Devon learndevon.co.uk Adult and community learning courses supporting people in learning new skills for leisure, returning to employment, improving their English and maths and improving their health and wellbeing. Marley Comms marleycomms.co.uk An expert leading bespoke cloud and on-premise telecommunications and technology company. Marsdens Devon Cottages marsdens.co.uk With over 400 holiday cottages across North Devon and Exmoor, Marsdens helps you get the most from letting your holiday property. Petroc petroc.ac.uk Petroc raises the aspirations, knowledge and skills of individuals, communities and business in Devon and beyond. bbxpo.uk #BBxpo Safety Supplies Direct / Tawsa tawsa.co.uk Tawsa Ltd is a Health & Safety consultancy, while Safety Supplies Direct specialises in supplying PPE and workwear. Simple Recruitment simplerecruitmentltd.co.uk Specialises in both temporary and permanent recruitment solutions across industrial and commercial sectors covering the North Devon area. The Sign Maker sign-maker.net House signs, business signs, memorials, engraved plaques and wheel covers all made in North Devon. Tarkatography tarkatography.co.uk A passionate photographer concentrating mainly on food and interior images for web sites and magazines. Towergate towergate.com/locations/ bideford Through our trusted team in Bideford, Towergate has access to a wide range of tailor made insurance solutions. Utilities Warehouse pinkpigsavings.co.uk Based in North Devon, Nick Parry can show you how to make great savings on all your household bills. Wall Printer UK wallprinter.uk Introducing the UK’s brand new, innovative vertical wall printing technology for interior designers, graphic designers, advertising agencies, sign makers, painters, decorators, artists and start-ups. Wills at Home wills-athome.co.uk Alan Williams provides a personal wills and lasting powers of attorney service across North Devon. Zarywacz z2z.com Attract customer attention with communications from Zarywacz. From business journalism and copywriting to case studies, magazines, blogs and online content, campaigns and events. 12 business action | June / July2019 | business-action.co.uk
What is BBxpo? It’s five months to BBxpo and already it’s shaping up as North Devon’s biggest business-tobusiness event in 2019. What started out as a suggestion from co-organiser Alan Williams to host a business exhibition in Bideford in 2018 has now grown to an event that is attracting interest from across North Devon and the south of the county. What is the key to the event’s success? Co-organiser and BusinessAction editor Robert Zarywacz says it is because the event aims to be useful to everyone: “We want to give exhibitors the best possible value by being part of the event and that is why we are already promoting them in this magazine and on the BBxpo web site. “And we want visitors to benefit from meeting all the exhibitors, participating in the presentations and connecting with business people from across Devon at the networking lunch – all for free.” Andy Francis, the person behind the camera: I was born and grew up in North Devon and am proud to be part of its rapid growth and development. It has such a diverse lifestyle in some of the most beautiful surroundings so I am always out and about with the camera and often at photoshoots getting those images that are just right for customers’ web sites and magazines. I have been a passionate photographer for many years, concentrating mainly on food and interior images. As web sites have grown with faster internet speeds, these images can now be shown in improved quality and detail. My photography has evolved with the internet enabling me to deliver a costeffective quality product for web sites. Recent projects have been in partnership with Land Rover, Crew Clothing, Waitrose Kitchen, The Michelin Guide, The Sunday Times and Devon Life magazine. BBxpo Capturing excitement on camera I am privileged to have been appointed official photographer for BBxpo on PHOTOGRAPHER PROFILE Andy Francis of Tarkatography, official photographer for BBxpo 2019, discusses his photographic career in North Devon Thursday 24 October and look forward to meeting everyone on the day. VISITORS REGISTER FOR FREE bbxpo19.eventbrite.co.uk High performance in the workplace One in four people suffer with a mental health problem. This has a massive impact on our lives, our relationships and our economy. Living a happy, fulfilling and productive life relies on a healthy mental state. So how do we maintain a healthy state of mind? It seems to be an insurmountable problem. Even our doctors are baffled. But what if it isn’t? What if understanding mental health problems, and solving them, was far easier than we thought? What if human beings were, in fact, designed for success and it was simply a misunderstanding that has us struggling and suffering so much? This is what we have seen to be true . . . ➤➤Our minds only work one way – from the inside out ➤➤Perceptions and feelings don’t happen to us – they are created within us ➤➤We live in the feeling of our thinking – we don’t feel circumstances (the outside world) we feel what we think (our inner world) ➤➤Human beings are designed for success We have an intelligence that runs our body that we all know PRESENTER PROFILE Beccy and Debra from Dare2BU discuss the impact of mental health problems and what they will discuss in their BBxpo presentation Presenting at BBxpo: (from left) Beccy and Debra of Dare2BU about, rely on and trust. This intelligence beats our hearts, helps us heal and performs a million tasks every second to keep us alive. We don’t control this force, but we do reap the benefit of it. Our mind is exactly the same; it has an intelligent VISITORS REGISTER FOR FREE bbxpo19.eventbrite.co.uk system running everything behind the scenes. Our problem is, instead of understanding this amazing psychological system and benefitting from it, there is a widespread misunderstanding of it. This misunderstanding has reached epic proportions and is a major cause of all the mental health issues that we face and the mental health crisis we are witness to. Solving the problem is as simple as putting this misunderstanding straight. The main objection we have from people we work with when they see the simplicity of this is: “Why hadn’t we heard of this before?” But as Ludwig Wittgenstein said: “A man will be imprisoned in a room with an unlocked door that opens inwards so long as it doesn’t occur to him to pull rather than push.” Find out more at BBxpo. @businessactionm | June / July2019 | business action 13