Business Action | June / July 2019


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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Editor’s view

Launching Business Action

has enabled me to reconnect

with many existing contacts

and make new ones locally and

across the region.

Welcome to the third, 24-page

issue of Business Action, the

independent North Devonbased

business magazine.

16 years ago I joined

ecademy, the world’s first social

network for business, and

helped run its North Devon

club. In this issue, we are

delighted to include an article

by Penny Power OBE, ecademy’s

founder, who discusses

the challenges of running a

business and how it’s not as

easy as many people pretend.

You can also download for

free the first chapter of Penny’s

book ‘Business is Personal’.

Meeting people

It was through ecademy that I

connected with so many people

in North Devon, including

co-publisher Alan Williams. As

global social networks grew, so

I joined Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook

and others, and connected

with thousands of people

worldwide. I still find this

aspect of social media enjoyable

and valuable, although never

to underestimate the importance

of face-to-face contact.



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With social networks now

imposing many restrictions,

communicating becomes more

challenging for businesses as

digital reach shrinks.

This is definitely not the case

with Business Action. You

can phone, email or message to

speak with us directly.

You don’t have to send press

releases – you can if you want –

as we like to talk to you to find

out about you, your business

and your story.

This means that anyone

in business in or near North

Devon has the potential to

access this news channel.

You don’t have to have a big

marketing department, PR

agency or budget – just news.

And we know that there’s lots

of it out there.

So pick up the phone or

look out for us at networking

events, the North Devon Show

and BBxpo. We look forward to

meeting you.

Robert Zarywacz, editor

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North Devon to host new

technology institute centre

North Devon will host a centre

as part of a new Institute of

Technology in the South West

after the success of a multibillion

pound bid in which

Petroc is participating.

The Institute of Technology

in the South West

will comprise centres located

across Devon, Cornwall and

Somerset, with state-of-theart

facilities proposed for

Barnstaple, Plymouth, Exeter,

Truro and Taunton.

In North Devon, it will

create a bespoke engineering

laboratory space, digital

immersion facilities, other

emergent manufacture

capacity and additional spaces

for research and learning,

providing a new hub for

quality engineering training

and innovation. The initiative

will revitalise part of the

Petroc campus in Barnstaple

to provide a multi-discipline

engineering and advance

manufacturing centre.

The national initiative aims

to establish unique collaborations

between universities,

Further Education colleges and

leading employers, to specialise

in delivering quality higher

level technical training and

provide employers with the

skilled workforce they need.

The successful proposal

draws on expertise from

partner organisations

including the University of

Exeter, University of Plymouth,

Petroc, Bridgwater &

Taunton College, City College

Plymouth, Exeter College and

Truro & Penwith College.

A group of ‘anchor

employers’ will lead the direction

of the new Institute of

Technology and ensure focus

on the latest industry skills.

Employers participating in the

group include Oxygen House

and the Met Office in Exeter,

Babcock in Plymouth and

TDK-Lambda in Ilfracombe.

The bid is also supported by

both the Heart of the South

West and the Cornwall and

Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise

Partnerships (LEPs).

Catering for up to 2,500

students, in apprenticeship

and full-time courses from

post-16 level to Master’s

degree level, the institute

will help put the region at

the forefront of digital and

engineering education across

the UK.

Diane Dimond, principal

and chief executive of

Petroc, commented: “We are

delighted to be part of this

fantastic initiative for our

region bringing specialised

facilities and exciting careerenabling



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