Business Action | October / November 2019


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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Business Networking in Barnstaple

Business Networking in

Barnstaple includes three

members who started with the

group in its original form more

than 17 years ago.

The group relaunched in

its present format three years

ago and is now approaching its

limit of 25 members.

BNIB meets weekly on a

Tuesday morning at Portmore

Golf Park, near Barnstaple,

and mixes friendly, structured

networking with an online

referral system that measured

£650,000 of actual business

referrals last year, with more

than £350,000 referred since

January 2019. One member can

be admitted per business sector

and the group is easy to join,

with no pressure.

Chairman John McLaughlin-

Mills says this enables members

to measure and see actual business

generated by the group.

Members are encouraged to

generate referrals voluntarily,

but these are not the sole

measure of a member’s value.

“The group values services

people give,” says John, who is

a founder member. “We value

the human side and the efforts

people make to support each

other. People in the group get

on very well.”

As a self-managed group,

BNIB works to keep fees low

and organises social gatherings

to help people get to know each

other. It also supports members

by helping to promote them,

including attending events such

as BBxpo exhibition.

It also encourages members

to conduct one-to-one meetings

to get to know each other

and their businesses well,

which strengthens the group.

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North Devon’s remoteness can

be a barrier to connecting with

businesses across the county

or beyond. Building these

connections has become easier

with the launch of Devon

Partnerships, which hosts

networking events across the

county and held its first North

Devon lunch in September.

Lee Randall-Pybus

launched Devon Partnerships

in May, inspired by the success

of Cornish Partnerships run by

David Brock. Since then, Lee

has run 120 networking events

and says that there is always a

new face at every event.

“I had only ever been to one

networking event before,” says

Lee. “I met David at one of

his events and there was such

a buzz. Now I do it full-time,

helping people where I can. It’s

North Devon networking groups

North Devon Networking


Meets at the Barnstaple Hotel,

Barnstaple on alternate Fridays

from 7.15am to 8.45am.

Networking with a difference

– a friendly and informal

group of business people with

no charge for membership and

no targets to bring in leads.

There is ample opportunity

to network, present your business

and gain contacts.



Meets at Block, Butcher’s

Row, Barnstaple on alternate

Wednesdays from 7.00am to


Co-founded by Martin

Critchard and James

Devon Partnerships across the county

Dapling, Rise offers informal

networking interspersed with

alternate member presentations

and educational sessions.

Choose your breakfast from a

wide menu with great coffee.

Come along, make friends and

do business.


all about creating relationships

– we’re like a big family. Events

are very relaxed and informal,

and everyone is welcome.”

Lee likes to meet each

business owner for a one-toone

meeting to explore how

becoming a member can help

their business.

Devon Partnerships now

has more than 200 members

across the county and Lee and

David are franchising Your

Partnerships throughout the

UK. Anyone joining in Devon

will be able to attend events

anywhere else in the country.

“The greatest thing for a

business is to build relationships


■■Details 07393 149855 or


Torridge Business


Meets at the Royal North

Devon Golf Club, Westward

Ho! on alternate Fridays from

7.00am. Plenty of free parking.

A friendly and informal

networking group with no

joining fees – just the cost of

breakfast. Come along and

meet like-minded businesses.




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