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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NEWS Editor’s view Launching <strong>Business</strong> <strong>Action</strong> 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 <strong>Business</strong> <strong>Action</strong>, 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 ‘<strong>Business</strong> 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. WE OFFER ASSISTANCE WITH: Valuations Cost Management Bills of Quantities Tendering Procurement Invoice Reconciliation CALL TODAY for an informal chat: 01271 603053 futuredimensions.uk You can speak to us With social networks now imposing many restrictions, communicating becomes more challenging for businesses as digital reach shrinks. This is definitely not the case with <strong>Business</strong> <strong>Action</strong>. 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 ■■Call 07971 176044 or email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org HYPNOTHERAPY Paul Holder New Life Hypnotherapy South Molton t: 01769 574711 w: newlifehypnotherapy.org Landscaping CW Landscaping Bideford & North Devon t: 01237 474335 m: 07960 930974 Locksmith MJS Locksmiths Covering North Devon t: 07532 139388 w: northdevonlocksmith.co.uk BUSINESS LISTINGS OFFICE PRINT EQUIPMENT Clarity Copiers North Devon North, Mid & West Devon t: 01271 374061 w: claritynorthdevon.co.uk Removals HLH Removals Covering North Devon & UK t: 07593 234194 e: email@example.com fb page: HLH Removals - Horshams Light Haulage PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS FOR £10 PER ISSUE* *minimum 3 insertions CALL 07970 671192 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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 opportunities.” ■■Details petroc.ac.uk 6 business action | <strong>June</strong> / <strong>July</strong> <strong>2019</strong> | business-action.co.uk
The <strong>2019</strong> NDMA Awards recently recognised North Devon’s outstanding manufacturers, which continue to make a massive contribution to the area’s economy. Manufacturer of the Year Accord UK was awarded the title of Manufacturer of the Year for responding positively to legislative changes affecting core products, while launching six new products and planning for all Brexit scenarios. Award winners The winners of the specific award categories were: ➤➤Apprentice of the Year – David Harwood of Eaton Aerospace ➤➤Trainee of the Year – Thomas Beauchamp of Anglo Krempel ➤➤Engagement in STEM & Schools – SEA ➤➤Environmental Project of the Year – The Sign Maker ➤➤Innovation of the Year – Helitune ➤➤Team of the Year – Accord Q-Edge Team ➤➤<strong>Business</strong> Transformation of the Year – Perrigo ➤➤Exporter of the Year – Pall Life Science ➤➤Product of the Year – SEA MANUFACTURING Outstanding manufacturers recognised Manufacturer of the Year Winner – Accord UK Ltd: (from left) Trudi Spratt of Anew SW, Alain Casavieille of Accord UK and Janet Phillips of Anew SW Schools and colleges The Schools and Educational Technology Awards recognised students for projects submitted in the under-16 and 16+ categories, while awards were given to teams in the primary school STEM challenge, in which 600 pupils from nine schools participated. The challenge was to build a tower to hold a raw egg as high as possible for 30 seconds from only uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. Over and Above The awards ceremony included a brief introduction to the event’s nominated charity, Over and Above – supporting Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust – which was given by Richard Barnes of Beran Instruments Ltd, who himself recently received treatment for multiple life-threatening conditions at NDDH ICU. A raffle raised £1,915 for the charity. High standards Competition among awards entrants was tough and feedback from the judging panel highlighted the extremely high standard of entries and incredible diversity of manufacturing capability and innovation in the area. ■■Details ndma.org.uk Paul Mullen with the primary school STEM challenge winning team from Southmead Primary School Paul Mullen with primary school STEM challenge Runners Up from Woolsery Primary School, whose tower held the most eggs for 30 seconds Right Way HR Services Safeguard your business Call us on 01237 426450 • Advice on all aspects of employment law • Contracts of employment • Staff handbook • HR policies • Letters, templates and documents Call Richard on 07825 090782 e-mail: email@example.com Looking for independent financial advice? for a free initial consultation firstname.lastname@example.org https://dscottfinancial.co.uk Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. @businessactionm | <strong>June</strong> / <strong>July</strong> <strong>2019</strong> | business action 7