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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NORTH DEVON A job in New York would be a dream come true for many people, so how does the Big Apple compare with North Devon? For Stacey Ferguson, who grew up in Woolacombe, working in New York was a fantastic experience, but the attraction of North Devon compelled her to return home. “You get a perspective on life and realise what’s important,” says Stacey. “This is what life is, not New York.” Stacey developed her career in the art sector in roles with Bonhams and Momart in London and for six years with Cadogan Tate in New York. Now she works remotely from Ilfracombe in business development for Articheck, a digital art condition report tool specially designed for galleries, museums, auction houses, art shippers, and conservators. Built on an app running on smart phones, tablets and PCs, Articheck enables users to create reports on the condition of paintings, paper art works, sculptures, antiques, books, photographs and other objects easily and quickly. It saves paper, saves time and eliminates many of the headaches of creating accurate, verifiable reports. Users create reports which record an item’s name, artist or From New York to Ilfracombe What is it that attracts business people to or back to North Devon? In this issue’s Magnetic North Devon feature editor Robert Zarywacz talks to Stacey Ferguson who returned to Ilfracombe from New York maker, creation date and other details, along with photographs which can be annotated. Information can be entered using dictation, typing, copied from a database or uploaded in bulk via Stacey Ferguson with Polly CSV files. Once uploaded to the web portal, each report is locked for editing to provide a legally verifiable audit trail. Updating details creates a new version of the report so that changes to the item can be recorded and assessed through comparisons with previous reports. Condition reports are essential in the art world for cataloguing, insurance, shipping and other purposes, and Stacey works by phone and email with clients across the world, from Hong Kong and Singapore to the USA. She also travels to London every week to attend events and art fairs and to meet colleagues. Stacey is grateful for her experience of working in New York, and loved the city’s 24-hour heartbeat, the opportunity to see and hear great music, and being part of the ex-pat Brit community, although she warns that everything there comes at a price. “I would encourage young people to explore, but remember what is back home. Remember the quality of life and simplicity here. This is really living.” Stacey now enjoys walking with her daughter and dog on Woolacombe beach before a day of connecting with clients in the UK and internationally. She is also a keen supporter of the arts in the South West and would like to see North Devon develop and attract more high profile artists and exhibitions. ■■Details articheck.com What attracted your business to Magnetic North Devon? Share your story to firstname.lastname@example.org business ACTION Don’t miss the next issue Subscribe for £40 per year ➤➤6 x print magazines per year posted to a UK mainland address ➤➤Exclusive access to online magazine on date of publication. Non-subscribers have to wait. ➤➤Free listing in needitfindit. uk online directory ➤➤Up to 3 free business event web site listings per month. ➤➤Priority notification of events and offers. SUBSCRIBE NOW AT BUSINESS-ACTION.CO.UK POP IN & PICK UP BUSINESS ACTION We distribute BusinessAction in towns and villages across North Devon, although cannot guarantee you will receive a free copy. We are delighted that a number of businesses are BARNSTAPLE Together Financial Solutions 29 Trinity Street togetherfinancialsolutions.co.uk BIDEFORD Simple Recruitment 2 Jubilee House, Queen Street simplerecruitmentltd.co.uk offering to display copies and are very grateful to them. Please pop into any of the businesses listed below to pick up a free copy and tell them you saw them listed in BusinessAction. BRAUNTON North Devon Accounts 4 Cross Tree Centre, Caen St northdevonaccounts.co.uk HOLSWORTHY Shepherds Hardware The Square OKEHAMPTON Mooplehog 5 West Street mooplehog.co.uk 16 business action | June / July2019 | business-action.co.uk
BREWING Cheers! Brewery celebrates orders from across the UK It’s often said that what’s most important when starting a business is to choose something you enjoy doing. It’s no surprise then that the founders of GT Ales, Gary Jarvis and Toby Marsh, share a passion for beer. The two lifelong friends started the business six years ago, brewing 100 bottles a week in Gary’s garage. Following the instant demand for their beer, the business moved to its current premises in an ex-aircraft hangar on the old Chivenor airbase where they now brew 3,200 bottles every week. When asked what it is that customers like about GT Ales, Gary replies: “We use the world’s finest ingredients to produce unique products which are truly hand crafted. “We use local producers wherever possible, including local printers for labels and a local brewshop for certain materials. The malts we use are all grown in the UK, and we use hops grown in the UK as well as from all over the world, including New Zealand, USA and Europe. Cheers! (from left) Gary Jarvis and Toby Marsh of GT Ales “We have now been established for six years and last year were awarded CAMRA ‘Brewery of the Year’ for North Devon out of 18 breweries from across the region. “We are continuing to grow, and are still run entirely by myself and Toby, hence the name. The brand is becoming more and more recognisable and demand is now being received from businesses further afield, and so GT Ales will be seen in various parts of the country, with a proud offering from a North Devon producer. “We currently supply around 50 pubs, local shops, restaurants and holiday parks in North Devon, as well as several locations in Exeter. We feature in various beer festivals nationwide and have just taken our first order from a distributor from the West Midlands.” GT Ales’ range of beers include Thirst of Many, Blonde Ambition, North Coast IPA, Dark Horse and Lazy 8 with small batches of its GT# Series produced throughout the year. ■■Details 01271 267420 or gtales.co.uk Attract customer Attention! with your marketing, PR and communications Wills Property Trusts (in will) Children’s Trusts (in will) Funeral Plans Probate Lasting Powers of Attorney Wills: £70 Single / £105 Joint u business journalism u technical writing u u case studies u blogs & online content u u magazine production u campaigns u u events u project management u Call Robert Zarywacz on 01271 879100 25 years of business communication Z A R Y W C COMMUNICATE IN SPEECH, PRINT & ONLINE A Z @businessactionm | June / July2019 | business action 17