Business Action | June / July 2019

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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

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North Devon?

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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

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Shepherds Hardware

The Square

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