October / November 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.
This issue includes the event guide for the BBxpo business exhibition and networking event in Bideford on Thursday 24 October 2019.
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Towergate Web: towergate.com/locations/ bideford Phone: 01237 429 978 Address: 24 The Quay, Bideford, EX39 2EZ Through our trusted team in Bideford, Towergate has access to a wide range of tailor-made insurance solutions and risk management programmes. Drawing on resources from our insurance experts across the UK, we can assist with insurance requirements locally, nationally and globally. Located on the Quay means we are easily accessible to see clients in the office or visit them to ensure full understanding of their requirements. Utilities Warehouse Distributor – Nick Parry Web: pinkpigsavings.co.uk Phone: 07890 655316 Based in North Devon, I can show you how to make great savings on all your household bills with the added convenience of having everything on the same The All Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group recently recognised Applegate in Barnstaple for its commitment to corporate responsibility, including its pioneering work on degree apprenticeships. The APCRG is a group of MPs and members of the House of Lords committed to promoting corporate responsibility within Parliament and beyond. As part of their work, they highlight a small number of businesses each year from monthly bill! Contact me to find out how much you could save. Virtual <strong>Business</strong> Partners Twitter: @virtualbizuk Web: virtualbusinesspartners.co.uk Tel: 01271 603078 Practical solutions, support and coaching for small businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups. If you require additional resources, and need experienced, flexible support, we have it covered: <strong>Business</strong> process optimisation | Administrative / VA assistance | Managing / setting up CRM systems | Web design & hosting / content writing | Communications (newsletters, social media). Wall Printer UK Twitter: @WallprinterU Web: wallprinter.co.uk Phone: 07534 258992 Wallprinter UK is pleased to introduce the UK’s brand new, innovative vertical wall printing across the UK as Responsible <strong>Business</strong> Champions. Nominated by Peter Heaton-Jones, MP for North Devon, Applegate joined major corporations such as Standard Life, BAe Systems and Zurich in receiving the honour. Corporate responsibility encompasses many aspects of business life and operation: its fundamental purpose – for Applegate, connecting buyers and sellers to help commerce work more effectively – the tax paid to fund schools BBXPO GUIDE EXHIBITORS technology. Wall printing is the perfect medium for interior designers, graphic designers, advertising agencies, sign makers, painters, decorators, artists and start-ups who need to make an impact and want to add drama to everyday spaces. Wallprinter UK can print any design on indoor and outdoor walls in brilliant, durable, highdefinition colour, whatever the texture of your surface: plaster, wood, stone, plastic, tiles, glass, metal, concrete and similar materials. Wills at Home Web: wills-athome.co.uk Phone: 01271 860105 Address: West Yelland, Barnstaple, EX31 3EX Alan Williams provides a personal wills and lasting powers of attorney service in North Devon. Wills – £70 single – £105 joint. and hospitals, its role in the community, and the impact it has on the environment. In recent years, Applegate has starkly reduced its carbon footprint by moving systems into the cloud, enabling the decommissioning of inefficient servers and air-conditioning units; the business donates £45,000 a year to local charities in Devon, it runs an extensive programme of school talks and work experience opportunities, and it provides gold-standard Wizard Signs and Print Twitter: @WizardSignsLtd Web: wizardsignsltd.co.uk Phone: 01237 476100 Address: Unit 2, Habat Enterprise Park, Clovelly Road Industrial Estate, Bideford, EX39 3HN Wizard Signs and Print has built a reputation for engaging with clients to design, manufacture and install a wide range of promotional and directional materials to ensure maximum recognition for their businesses. Zarywacz Twitter: @z2zcom Web: z2z.com Phone: 01271 879100 Attract customer attention with marketing, PR and communications from Zarywacz. 25 years in business, we provide business journalism, technical copywriting, case studies, magazine production, blogs and online content, campaigns, events and project management. Corporate responsibility recognised by Parliament training through its degree apprenticeship programme. In addition to having their university fees paid and earning while studying, Applegate’s apprentices benefit from a wide range of broader opportunities, including visits to Parliament, to other businesses and to local charities, and on graduation the company provides them with up to £15,000 each to help them buy their first home. ■■Contact 0345 600 7177 or applegate.co.uk Corporate responsibility: (from left) Applegate chief executive officer Stuart Brocklehurst receives the certificate from Peter Heaton-Jones MP 14 business action | <strong>October</strong> / <strong>November</strong> <strong>2019</strong> | business-action.co.uk
PEOPLE Apprentice success: (from left) Jenny Vince, Exeter College, with Dan Huxtable and Peregrine Mears Dan Huxtable, an apprentice at Peregrine Mears Architects in Barnstaple, scooped bronze for Apprentice 16-18 of the Year in the national BTEC awards. This is Dan’s second big win of the year, having already won Construction Apprentice <strong>2019</strong> at the annual Exeter College Apprentice and Employer Awards. Practice director Peregrine Mears comments, “Dan has put in tremendous effort since he started with us three years ago. This latest Peter Beaumont is to assume the role of managing director of insurance company Cornish Mutual, which has its Devon office in Cullompton. Currently the company’s finance and operations director, Peter will take over the role (subject to regulatory approval) from Alan Goddard, who retires in December <strong>2019</strong>. Cornish Mutual insures farms and rural businesses across Cornwall, Devon, award is justly deserved and shows what can result from hard work and enthusiasm.” The practice fully supports the National Apprenticeships programme and the principle of ‘earn while you learn’. Dan’s broad range of experience at the company includes using BIM (Building Information Modelling) as part of CAD (Computed Aided Design) to explore and develop design concepts from a technical perspective. Somerset and Dorset. It is a mutual organisation, owned by customers – its members – and was the first mutual insurance company in the UK and the first insurer in the South West to achieve chartered status. The company’s growth has increased members’ funds to above £21 million. Peter joined Cornish Mutual in 2009, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the IT and financial services sectors. Peter Brown has been appointed a director by accountancy firm Thomas Westcott. Based in the Holsworthy office, Peter leads the firm’s agricultural consultancy team and has been providing technical and business advice to farmers and landowners for more than three decades. In addition to advising on business planning and cash flow management for agricultural clients, Peter has recently developed a new service to help dairy farmers analyse milk data to increase yields. Peter joined Thomas Westcott in 2016, having worked for national consultancy firm Genus ABS, bringing a wealth of experience in finance, banking and agricultural consultancy from the UK and overseas. He grew up all over the world and made Devon his home at the age of 21. Tom French has joined marketing agency MiHi Digital in Broadwoodwidger as digital marketing executive after Peter said: “I am delighted that the company has given me this promotion. It reflects the hard work that the whole team has put into building our agricultural consultancy service and will help me to continue to drive it forward. “The agricultural sector is absolutely vital to the South West’s economy. Farmers need support on a whole range of issues so it is important to have a trusted advisor with sound technical agricultural knowledge as well as financial expertise.” more than eight years working in journalism in West Devon. MiHi Digital director, Mark Worden said, “Tom brings with him a wealth of experience and we are delighted to welcome him to the team. “In order to be able to provide the best possible service for our clients it’s vital that we have a talented and knowledgeable team. I am confident that the addition of Tom will allow us to continue delivering for our clients, expand the business and grow our client base even further.” @businessactionm | <strong>October</strong> / <strong>November</strong> <strong>2019</strong> | business action 15