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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ENTERPRISE business ACTION Building a prosperous economy When we launched BusinessAction in February this year, it was with the idea of raising awareness of businesses in and around North Devon and supporting their growth and development. Seven months later, we are astounded at the response to the magazine and the support from local businesses. We are also surprised and delighted that we have been selected as the only business in Devon to be included in Small Business Saturday’s #SmallBiz100 – 100 businesses from across the country chosen to represent and support small businesses. In fact, events overtook us. We were already organising our BBxpo business exhibition and networking event on Thursday 24 October2019 and had created North Devon Enterprise Day to help ADVERTISING Alan Williams Advertising, Distribution & Publisher t: 07970 671192 e: firstname.lastname@example.org businesses take advantage of national initiatives such as Small Business Saturday, which provide free resources and infrastructure to support them. Selection for #SmallBiz100 took this a step further and in order to maximise this opportunity for all businesses in the area, EDITORIAL Robert Zarywacz Editor, Designer & Publisher t: 07971 176044 e: email@example.com @robertz we have launched the #10to1m initiative to encourage not only businesses, but also consumers to change their buying habits. Let’s make it a habit always to ask where we can purchase a product or service locally before resorting to a national business or online giant. The take-up of these initiatives by enthusiastic business owners is very exciting and we want to encourage you to join in with us. Everyone benefits if we inject money back into our economy by switching to buying locally whenever we can – businesses thrive, jobs are maintained and created, and prosperity increases through the community. We thank all our supporters, especially our advertisers, without whom this magazine would not exist. To support us, please consider taking out one of our affordable advertising plans for your business. We also thank all our contributors and readers. We do hope you enjoy this issue and participate in all the initiatives below for the benefit of your business, your employees and the whole area. Small Business Saturday is the national campaign to encourage people to support local businesses on the first Saturday of December – this year on 7 December. BusinessAction is delighted to have been selected as one of the campaign’s #SmallBiz100 for 2019 – one of 100 businesses across the UK chosen to represent the campaign and the only one in Devon. We will be working hard during the coming months to encourage all small businesses to join in Small Business Saturday – campaign registration and resources are free. >>> PAGE 6 From 10 to a million – that’s what we can achieve if just over half the population of North Devon and Torridge switch £10 of spending from an online giant or national company to a local business on one day – £1 million. Sounds crazy, but it is achievable. All we have to do is to each pause before we make any purchase – either personal or for business – and consider whether we can buy from a local business. And when we do buy locally to share it with the #10to1m hashtag. Let’s do it! >>> PAGE 7 BBxpo is North Devon’s biggest business-to-business exhibition and networking event and will open its doors to visitors on Thursday 24 October2019 at Devon Hall, Bideford College. Register your free place(s) at bbxpo19.eventbrite.co.uk to attend the business exhibition and the presentation programme, which includes two sessions from the Google Digital Garage. The event culminates in the biggest free lunch in North Devon – our famous networking buffet. See you there! The first North Devon Enterprise Day is on Thursday 24 October – the same day as BBxpo – and aims to celebrate, inspire and encourage entrepreneurs across North Devon. Book for the session at BBxpo to join in the group discussion on how entrepreneurs can work together to provide support for each other and build a stronger North Devon economy. Join our North Devon Enterprise Wave and demonstrate how you are investing, expanding and succeeding in developing your business in North Devon. >>> PAGE 9 >>> PAGE 11 @businessactionm | October / November2019 | business action 1