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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Reducing the disability employment

gap in North Devon

is the aim of an Untapped

Talent recruitment event at

the Park Hotel, Barnstaple on

Wednesday 6 November.

Instead of attracting

jobseekers to meet employers,

this event invites employers

to come in to meet and talk

to a group of talented individuals

with a wide range of

skills. Employers will receive

anonymised profiles of the

candidates in advance to

showcase the skills and abilities

on offer before the event. On

the day, facilitators will help

introduce employers to whichever

candidates they would like

to speak to, and also ensure

everyone is fully involved.

The aim is to help start

or continue the jobseeker’s

journey within the world

of work by offering jobs,

interviews, work trials,

observations, taster days, work


Reversing roles at Untapped Talent recruitment event

Listening to clients’ needs

A couple who pooled their

considerable corporate

experience to start their own

business have moved to North

Devon where they continue to

service clients remotely.

Clive Struver was born

in Devon and has worked in

the technology and telecoms

industries in the UK and

Europe at board level, while

Jane Struver’s experience

includes roles with the Bank

of England and as business

analyst with a global

IT company. Clive and Jane

started Virtual Business

Partners to provide a range of

business support services

They describe Virtual Business

Partners as “more than an

assistant, more hands-on and

practical than a consultant,

filling in the gaps and getting

things done.”

Jane has extensive experience

in social media

campaigns and content

management, web design,

CRM and sales support, while

Clive provides business and

personal coaching, business

strategy and planning support.

They always get to know a

business first, so that, along

with the business owner, they

can establish exactly what

services are required.

■■Details 01271 603078 or


experience, or any other corporate

programmes available.

The event has been organised

by the Northern Devon

Employment and Skills

Board in conjunction with

the Department of Work

and Pensions, Pluss, Petroc,

Empowering Enterprise, Young

Devon, Project Search and

Next Steps Development.

The organisers are keen to

speak to employers who would

like to find out more about

Imaginary Space is a web

design studio formed by Harry

Roper and Luke James to help

local businesses grow.

Harry started a games studio

at the age of 15, organising

people around the world, and

while at Petroc did a lot of

work online for companies in

America, including a project

for Universal Studios at the age

of 19. He went to university

in London, although helped

develop a VR game there for

start-up Tengio and left his

studies to take up a full-time

role with the company. Harry

decided he liked the business

side more than programming

and returned to North Devon

where he founded Imaginary

supporting disabled people into

work. Contact Tony George,

employer advisor (DWP) tony. on 01271

395401 or Nicola Williams,

Northern Devon Employment

and Skills Board coordinator

on 01271 852428 for details.

Harness your web site data

Space to build better web sites

for local businesses.

For Harry, success is more

than the look of a web site and

he thinks many businesses don’t

realise that they are losing out

by not making use of their data.

“I think most businesses

don’t understand what their

data is telling them or what

they can do with it,” says Harry.

“We operate a three-month

catch-up where I call our client

and explain to them in layman’s

terms what their data is telling

me and what they could potentially

do based on it.”

■■Details 07544 666457 or


Imaginary Space: (from left) Harry Roper and Luke James

Call 01271 326694.


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